About the time of this post 7 years ago I arrived in town for the first time.
I met my contact in the parking lot of a small grocery store. HE led me to the church and manse then showed me around the building and town.
ANd so it began. THe next day was a Sunday and although I was present I wasn't providing leadership. I do remember the layperson who was leading that day commenting how she was nervous about doing so with teh new minister present (she has done so since and was a much more relaxed then--something about knowing me by then).
SIngle and childless, Ready for a new start, NOt knowing waht the future would bring (or how fast).