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HOTA October 2019 News

Evangelical UCC in Lyons welcomed Jacqueline Lamensky as their new designated pastor at the end of July. She comes to Lyons after serving Friedens United Church of Christ in Bern, Kansas for almost five years. Many here in the South Central Conference and in the Heart of Texas Association are also welcoming her back since Jacqueline spent her childhood at Immanuel Church in Needville, later was part of Faith UCC in New Braunfels and Friedens UCC in Geronimo, and spent many years at Slumber Falls Camp as a camper, counselor, and intern. After graduating from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis in 2013, Jacqueline was ordained at Friedens in Geronimo. As she has written in her introduction to the Lyons church, "I am also born, baptized, confirmed, and ordained in the United Church of Christ, it runs in my veins!" I know many of us in this Association will get to know her well. We rejoice with Evangelical Lyons in this new time in the life of their church and pray that, together, the church and Jacqueline will have a blessed and fruitful ministry.

Our Heart of Texas Committee on Ministry, at its recent meeting, interviewed Cameron Burton for ordination and voted to approve him for an Ecclesiastical Council at the Fall HOT Association meeting. Cam is the Spiritual Care Coordinator for St. David's South Austin Medical Center, where he has served as a chaplain for the past seven years. Cam is also certified as a professional chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Cam comes to us from the United Methodist Church, which means his path to ordination has differed from our usual process. Normally, in the United Church of Christ, Cam would have been ordained to his chaplaincy position several years ago, but the United Methodist ordination and ministry standing of chaplains is somewhat different from ours. Because there is a professional requirement that he be endorsed for chaplaincy by our denomination as soon as possible, we anticipate that he will be ordained shortly after his Ecclesiastical Council pending a vote to approve him for ordination.

Our Committee on Ministry, at its recent meeting, also granted a local chaplaincy endorsement to CJ Wood, who was ordained at St. Paul UCC in Corpus Christi in June to her chaplaincy work in the Christus Spohn Health System. CJ has recently accepted a chaplaincy position at Seton Medical Center in Austin. We look forward to welcoming her to ministry in Austin.

Finally, plan to come to the Fall Association Meeting of the Heart of Texas Association, Saturday, November 16th at Trinity Church of Austin. We will begin at 11 am (with registration starting at 10:30). Included in the time will be worship; the Ecclesiastical Council of Cam Burton; possibly an additional Ecclesiastical Council pending the Committee on Ministry's work at its upcoming meeting; a business meeting; and, as always, lunch, good fellowship, and community sharing. Congregational Church of Austin and Trinity are partnering together as hosts We hope you will plan to join us!

Blessings in Christ, Liz Nash, Association Minister

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