Update from Katie

[Ed. note: Katie served as a pastoral intern at Living Spirit during the 2018-2019 academic year.]

Hi Living Spirit!

Thank you so much for the ways you helped to celebrate my graduation and supported me through my internship. I've really missed you. I'm glad that Richard has been able to join you a few times, he's been sharing updates when he gets home.

In July I was hired to be the director of Spiritual Outreach at First United Methodist Church - Red Wing. First UMC is a downtown congregation founded 166 years ago on the edge of a park just blocks from the Mississippi River. It was the original home of Hamline University.

My work mostly involves finding ways to strengthen connections within the church through spiritual formation groups; boosting the signal of the church in the community through events, social media and service projects; and finding ways to welcome new people into our community. I'm preaching once a month and doing some pastoral care and enjoying getting to know a new community and church.
If you come down to Red Wing to watch the fall colors hiking Barn Bluff or check out the world's largest boot at Red Wing Shoe please reach out. If I'm in town I'd love to get a coffee at Mandy's or a donut from Hanisch's (WCCO named them Minnesota's best bakery).

Sending all my love and gratitude!