I am so glad to be able to be Emanuel’s Visitation Pastor for the next 12 months. I am a recently retired pastor from New England, and this is probably my dream job. I love to sit and hear your stories, sharing words of Scripture and prayer.
I grew up in the Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod on the seminary campus in St. Louis where my father, Edgar Krentz, was a professor of New Testament. After I attended Harvard-Radcliffe and Yale Divinity School. I was ordained in 1984, and served LCA and ELCA churches in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
I was married for almost 34 years to Sam Wee before he died from cancer in 2012. My son Adam is an accountant in Miami; he and his wife Sarah are expecting their second child in January. My daughter Rebecca is in her third year of graduate studies in nuclear engineering at U.C. Berkeley. She is an active member of the Lutheran Chapel there.
I am working part-time, about 10 hours a week. My focus is on visits with the senior members of Emanuel who are unable to come to church regularly, whether homebound or in a nursing home.
Even people who cannot get to church on their own can lead busy lives! I spend a few hours making phone calls to plan visits. Some of you will be ready to have me come right away; others want to talk on the phone, if a visit “this week or next” is not convenient. My calendar extends weeks and months into the future, so if you know you would like me to come in 3-4 weeks, we can set that date now.
My visits will always include the offer of a service of Holy Communion, including Confession, Word, and prayer before the Meal.
Because I come from a church music family, I do bring my hymnal. I love to take requests. Music reaches so deeply in all of us. How many of us can instantly think of a hymn that brings tears to our eyes? In my first two weeks, I have sung “How great thou are,” “Children of the Heavenly Father,” “For all the saints,” and “Beautiful Savior”. As we move now into Advent, I hope to be singing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” soon.
Are you a close friend or family, and want to receive Communion with someone I am visiting? You are welcome to join us. In my very first congregation, a group of men would come in Advent and Lent to join a 92 year old man, Martin Johnson, so that he could experience church fellowship at home.
We are looking at starting up the senior lunches in 2018. Look for an announcement after the New Year.
I will not ordinarily be preaching or leading worship on Sundays. I will continue to be a supply pastor for Northwest Connecticut, and fill in for Pastor Paula when she is away. My first Sunday when she is away will be on December 31, 2017. I also am on call when Pastor Paula is away, so will have the emergency pastoral care cell phone at those times, and plan to make hospital visits as needed in crisis.