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Rev. Annette K. Wolf

Pastor Andi

Rev. Annette (Andi) Wolf has been Pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Oshkosh since February 2010.   Prior to coming to Emmanuel, she served a lengthy pastorate in Louisville, KY. Originally from Pittsville, Wisconsin, Andi holds a Bachelor Degree from Lakeland College in Sheboygan and a Master of Divinity Degree from  Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

Andi is passionate about preaching and teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. She strives to show how both the church and scripture continue to be relevant for today’s world. Her sermons mix scripture with everyday life, personal stories and (hopefully) a bit of humor.  

Andi has three children; Zach, Becca and Hannah. In her limited free time, Andi enjoys reading, sports and traveling.

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Words from Pastor Andi

January, 2019

We are one body, called to serve one God.  Paul reminds us that we are gifted in very diverse ways.  He tells us we are given a great variety of different gifts, but they are all given by the same Spirit.  These spiritual gifts are meant to be used in conjunction with one another for a common good.  When believers use their gifts together, we become the body of Christ.  While one gift may be better for a particular circumstance, that does not mean it is better overall than other gifts. 

            We are reminded of this all the way back in the Old Testament when we hear the words of Ecclesiastes 3—for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.  This passage of scripture reminds us that it isn’t just about accepting God’s timing in regards to death, but also in the living of our lives.  The simple reality is that life  throws at us a myriad of scenarios and no single gift is going to be useful in every situation—except our faith in  one God.

            As we look to the year ahead of us, I hope to issue a challenge to view each day through the lens of your faith.  This is a challenge because it calls us to look deeply at ourselves and at how we affect the world around us.  Are, in fact, the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart acceptable to the Lord, as Psalm 19 says?  Do my actions and interactions with others bring praise, honor and glory to God?  Are my blessings used to be a blessing to others?

            These are weighty questions.  I know, as I ask those questions of myself, that I am thankful for the gift of grace.  And I hope to extend to others the grace given to me.  And that is the central message.  In 2019 may we spend real energy on seeing the blessings of this world.  Let’s resolve together to identify the gifts we have been given and vow to use them.  Stewardship calls us to recognize the riches of our lives and use them wisely and well. 

            What gift have you to give?  What time, talent, skill, learning or material possession is yours to share.   One of my favorite Christmas Carols is “In the Bleak Midwinter” which is based on a poem by Christina Rossetti and set to Holst’s ‘Cranham’ tune.  The last verse reminds us that we can spend all our time lamenting about the gifts we don’t have to share, or we can simply give the best we have.  ‘What can I give him, poor as I am?  If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.  If I were a wise man, I would do my part.  Yet what I can I give him—give my heart.’ So often we get stuck in the first part—the lamentation—and we can’t make it to the place where we see our own unique gifts and talents and offer them boldly and reverently and with great thanksgiving.
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