THE HOSPITALITY OF ZION:
2014 Pastor Roggelin's Sabbatical

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Pastor Roggelin speaks at the Luther Symposium for the Eric W. Gritsch MemoriaL Fund

How has this sabbatical been planned?
This sabbatical has been planned for over a year in conversation with the Staff Support Committee, the Church Council, and the Bishop’s Office. It is based on Zion’s Sabbatical Policy approved by the church council in 2008. Pastor’s Plan was approved to be in accordance with this policy in March 2013, and a Sabbatical Planning Committee was set up by the church council to facilitate and coordinate planning.

How long will Pastor Roggelin be gone?
His sabbatical proper is three months, beginning on April 1st and ending on June 30th.  He will use his regular vacation time for a week prior and two weeks after.
So his Send-off Sunday will be MARCH 23rd, and his first Sunday back will be JULY 20th, 2014.

What will Pastor Roggelin do on sabbatical?
He has planned a variety of activities (and non-activities) during his time away, alternating invigorating experiences with periods of rest and deliberate reflection. Most of his time, one complete academic semester, will be spent in the university town of Greifswald, located in the northeast of Germany at the Baltic Sea. He will attend what is call a “structured sabbatical’’ program by the University of Greifswald, with lectures, seminars, excursions and supervision sessions, under the auspices of the IEEG, the Institut zur Erforschung von Evangelisation und Gemeindeentwicklung, Institute to Research Evangelism and Congregational Development, a graduate institute of the University of Greifswald and its Divinity School.
At the beginning of July, Pastor Roggelin will travel to Tallinn, Estonia, to witness the Estonian Singing Festival, held every five years, and to study links between music, especially singing, and ethnic culture, before returning to the Baltimore.

Who will administer the congregation in Pastor Roggelin’s absence?
The church council president Noreen (Freddy) Herbert, executive committee, congregation council, and staff each have particular roles in administering the congregation during Pastor Roggelin’s sabbatical.
The council has the authority to make decisions concerning the congregation. Claude Bowen, vice-president of the church council, will be the point person for the office and administrative issues.

Wednesday services will be conducted by Katie Kluckman-Ault and Alexandra Mattern-Roggelin during Pastor’s absence.

Tentative Worship Schedule:

9:15 AM - German

11:15 AM - English

Lent 4 (bi-lingual)

30-Mar

Tom Davison

Lent 5

6-Apr

Cordula Schmid-Waßmuth

Marina Flores

Palm Sunday

13-Apr

Ursula Schreffler

Ursula Schreffler

Maundy Thursday (7:00PM)

17-Apr

 

Gary  Rickel

Good Friday (3:00PM)

18-Apr

Alexandra Mattern- Roggelin

 

EASTER

20-Apr

Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane

Bishop Herz-Lane

Easter II

27-Apr

Alexandra Mattern- Roggelin

Marina Flores

Easter III (bi-lingual)

4-May

Tom Davison

Easter IV

11-May

Music Sunday

Music Sunday

Easter V

18-May

Cordula Schmid-Waßmuth

Ron Reaves

Easter VI

25-May

TBA

Liz Yates

Easter VII

1-Jun

TBA

Gary  Rickel

PENTECOST (bi-lingual)

8-Jun

Gary  Rickel

TRINITY

15-Jun

Anke Deibler

Anke Deibler

2 Pentecost

22-Jun

TBA

Liz Yates

3 Pentecost

29-Jun

Ursula Schreffler

Ursula Schreffler

4 Pentecost

6-Jul

Anke Deibler

Anke Deibler

5 Pentecost

13-Jul

Tom Davison

CHURCH COUNCIL

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