Pastoral Corner




Sisters and Brothers,

It’s been a busy start to the year. All of the Bible study groups and music groups which had taken brief breaks over the holidays are meeting once again. Joann and I have been preparing for the annual meeting of this congregation even as I have been leading Tri-Conference Ministries UCC, Inc., through their annual meeting.

And, in the last week, I have traveled on two different days to Rapid City to visit people in the hospital/rehab, which has me thinking about the way that I do visits in this church.

When someone is seriously ill or emotionally suffering, I try to call or visit that person. That’s not something I can do if I don’t know about the situation, so when you know that a member of our church is seriously ill or emotionally suffering, please let me know so that I can reach out to them. I would rather hear the same news from six different people than not hear about it at all.

I don’t generally make unplanned social calls on members of the church because I don’t know who wants to be visited socially and who doesn’t. However, I never say “No” to an invitation from a church member! If you would like to visit with me, not because of any pastoral care situation but simply to visit, then please let me know. You can call, text, or email and we can find a time that works for a get-together. 

Because a couple of people have expressed a desire that I do more strictly social calls, I do plan to start calling members of the church as I am able, just to visit. But it will take quite a while to get everyone called, so if you’re eager for a social call then the best thing to do is to reach out to me. That will help me to know who wants a visit and who doesn’t. And remember, you can always find me on Sunday mornings, Bible studies, Dinner Church, etc.


Rev. Dustin Bartlett