First Congregational Church of East Bloomfield
Rich in heritage, bonded in love, growing in Christ.
Hello! I’m Reverend Susan (Sue) Walters, the new interim pastor of the First Congregational Church of East Bloomfield, effective January 1, 2020.
I am a retired United Methodist pastor, living on a 25-acre farm between Bloomfield and Honeoye. On that farm, my husband of 6 years, Joe Walters, and I raise cows and chickens. The current count is 29 chickens and eight cows, but Joe has been talking about buying a bull, so that number could change significantly in the next year. We also have three dogs and two cats: a number that is also subject to change depending on if God gives us any more of either type. I phrase it that way because all of these animals are rescues and I am completely convinced that God gave each of them to us.
Between the two of us, Joe and I have five adult children and 12 grandchildren. Only one set is local, the others are scattered. My two biological daughters, Rachel and Rebekah, are located in the Midwest (way too far away!). Each of them has a son: Rebekah’s son is Hudson (4) and Rachel’s son is Jude (3). I keep in touch through FaceTime and try to get out and see them whenever possible.
I am excited about being your interim pastor. In my interim training, I learned that in addition to leading worship, preaching, and providing pastoral care, the role of an interim is to prepare the congregation for a permanent pastor. That involves having the church honestly evaluate itself: what do you do well, and what do you wish you did better? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What is your realistic vision for the church’s future? How can we move in that direction? Those are the questions I will be asking you...so be prepared! Please prayerfully consider your answers because, after all, the purpose of the church is to worship God and be God’s presence in the community and the world. How is God leading this church today?
I look forward to being in ministry together with you!
If you wish a visit, or to just talk, please let me know...
I can be reached at (716) 983-5760 or via e-mail.