It had been a couple of years since my last visit to Our Saviour’s in Durant, OK, but Pr. Jeff Corson left at the end of February for a new call in Illinois, closer to family. When a pastor leaves, I try to be with the congregation for worship soon after.
This congregation is small but vibrant, as many are in our synod. Their worship space is warm and lovely, with a beautiful space for children as they enter the sanctuary. The people have always been incredibly welcoming to me also.
You may expect them to be a welcome place for synod staff, but it goes beyond as well. During worship I noticed a few men who came in to the narthex space to look in a few baskets placed there for people to stop and get food. There and in a blessing box outside, they always have easy to eat items for the large homeless population in the area. They are also welcome.
In addition, the walls of the fellowship hall have displays about their many other ministries too. Truly a Servant community!
In this transition time, retired Pr. Charles Meyer will serve them for the season of Lent until their interim Pr. Brady Eggleston (a retired Colonel and military chaplain) can join them after Easter. I look forward to seeing what is next for this congregation!