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Dear People of Faith, I am incredibly grateful that you are giving me the opportunity to take six weeks of paternity leave to connect with my daughter and begin learning what it means to be a father. I will be splitting these six weeks into two three-week segments. During my paternity leave, I will be setting aside all my pastoral responsibilities so that I can focus full-time on my paternal responsibilities. But there will be pastors to tend our flock! I am grateful to Bill Kees who will be providing pastoral care while I am away and presiding for three of the six Sundays. I am also grateful to long-time former pastor of Faith Lutheran, Carl Wilfrid, who will be leading worship for three Sundays. Below you can find the full-schedule for my paternity leave.

Wednesday, Sept. 9th, baby Colahan’s due date.

Pastor Ben goes on paternity leave when wife’s labor starts.

Sunday, September 12th, Pastor Carl Wilfred

Sunday, September 19th, God’s Work; Our Hands Sunday, short communion service at 8:30 lead by Pastor Bill Kees followed by creek clean up

Sunday, September 26th, 18th Sunday after Pentecost, Pastor Bill Kees

Sunday, October 3rd, St. Francis Day and Blessing of the Animals, Pastor Ben returns

Sunday, October 10th, Pastor Ben

Monday, October 11th, Pastor Ben returns to paternity leave

Sunday, October 17th, Pastor Carl Wilfrid

Sunday, October 24th, Pastor Bill Kees presiding, Director of Family Life Dani Vogel preaching

Sunday, October 31st, Reformation Sunday, Pastor Carl Wilfrid

Monday, November 1st, Pastor Ben returns from paternity leave

Sunday, November 7th, All Saints Day, Pastor Ben  

Your Brother in Christ (and soon to be father), Pastor Ben Colahan