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Bristol’s Next Ministry

by Bristol Reading
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Well, now it is my turn to say thank you and farewell. I started at Zion in December 2020, in a transitional role intended to support the children, youth, and family ministry programs through the end of the spring. Then I ended up staying a few extra months to support worship leadership through this summer. It has been a busy season of change for Zion’s staff, but I have been fortunate to get to serve alongside you in ministry in all the various roles I’ve had during my ten months with you.

Although COVID has made this such an unusual and challenging time, I could tell as soon as I arrived that Zion is a vibrant congregation with a deep commitment to living out your faith. Some highlights during my time with you have been getting to know the wonderful group of middle and high school students, working collaboratively with Zion’s dedicated and talented staff, and worshipping with all of you on Sunday mornings. I have especially enjoyed getting to lead services outdoors and at Marysville, both such beautiful settings for worship!

I also want to say thank you for all your support, generosity, and kindness during my pregnancy. My husband Michael and I are looking forward to welcoming our baby sometime in the next few weeks and then getting to spend some time at home together as a family of three. I am also excited to share that I have been called as the pastor to St. Luke Lutheran Church in St. Paul, and will be starting my new role early next year. I know I will be a better pastor because of the learning and growing I have done during my time with you all. I hope you will continue to pray for me, my ministry, and my family, and please know that you all will be in my prayers as you continue to move through this time of transition.

Bristol Reading

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