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Update from the Board of Stewards

Greetings Central Family,

It’s been two months since I last sent an update to the congregation. So much has happened in the past two months, it almost feels as if it has been much longer.

As most of you are aware, I requested a leave of absence from my position as Board Chair this Fall. I am entering my 10th year on Staff at Macalester College, and the past 6 months have been more challenging and demanding than all the months and years preceding them put together. We’ve undergone a Presidential Transition while working tirelessly to keep the college operational in the midst of a global pandemic. It was literally impossible for me to sustain working 80+hours a week, and serve as Board Chair, which is nearly a full time job in itself, and has also held enormous challenges in the past year.

I know my experience is not unique; 2020 has proved to be the most challenging year many of us have experienced in our lifetime. We have lost loved ones, jobs and financial stability, gatherings and celebrations, our daily rhythms of life as we knew it. We are working from home, instructing kids at home, trying to keep our family, friends, and neighbors safe, support our community, and figure out how to maintain connections in a time of unimaginable separation and isolation.The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to exact a toll on all of us. And then there’s the election.

But God.

God is good and faithful and holy and trustworthy. He is with us, and His Word is true. The mountains may shake and the earth certainly does tremble, but God! He is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble. There are countless verses of scripture that contain the words “But God...” Look a few of these scriptures up, and be reminded of His greatness and power, and his faithful love, mercy, grace to us:

● Genesis 50:20

● Psalm 49:15

● Psalms 86:15

● Matthew 19:26

● Romans 5:8

● Ephesians 2:4-5

God has restored me in the past few months. Some of my circumstances have changed, and some have not. But God. He has restored my drooping head, and mended my broken cup. I pray the same is true for you in your life and circumstances.

I will be returning to my role as Board Chair effective November 1. I am profoundly grateful to my fellow Board members who granted me incredible grace and support, and enabled me to drop the ball into their capable hands when I could no longer carry it. The Board will meet for our Fall Retreat on Saturday November 7. Please pray for us, as we discern how the Lord is leading Central in these historic days. Pray for our church. Pray for the church.

Jon and I took lots of walks and hikes together in the last two months; God uses His creation to restore to me, and I am thankful. I leave you with Psalm 23 from The Message, a familiar scripture that has been especially meaningful to me in these challenging days.


God, my shepherd!

I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows,

you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word,

you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. 4 Even when the way goes through

Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook

makes me feel secure. 5

You serve me a six-course dinner

right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. 6 Your beauty and love chase after me

every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God

for the rest of my life.

We still face challenging days ahead. But God! Onward dear Central family, in faith and hope.

Yours in Christ, Catherine Westby


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