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Updates from the Pastor Nominating Committee
The Session of Larchmont Avenue Church, upon the unanimous and enthusiastic recommendation of the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee, is pleased to introduce our new interim Senior Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev. Ellen Clark Clémot, a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Click here to read Rev. Clémot's biography!
 
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Rev. Clémot began at LAC on November 1. For several months, while the Manse is being renovated, Rev. Clémot will be commuting to Larchmont from New York City. She is eager to meet everyone and loves visiting with congregants outside of Sunday worship, including attending school sporting events, theater productions, and going out for coffee or a meal with members who want to get to know her better. Please join us in welcoming Rev. Clémot to LAC!

 

 

A Note from Rev. Ellen Clark Clémot: "Endings and New Beginnings - the Liturgical Year and LAC"

 

Greetings to you all from Larchmont Avenue Church! I am so happy to have joined the LAC family. I have received a gracious welcome from so many of you - in worship, on Session, at staff meetings, from the youth group, and our musicians and choir. Thank you! It is a privilege and a joy to be sharing in Christ's ministry with all of you.
 
This week we observed the traditional ending of the church's liturgical year with the celebration of Christ the King Sunday. Now we are preparing to begin a new church calendar year that all starts with Advent. Advent means coming - a reference to the coming of the Lord, by incarnation and by revelation - ways we think of Jesus as present with us, preceding before us, and returning to us when we least expect it. "Hold your heads high," gospel writer Luke tells us - be strong in your faith. Sunday's sermon will explore how and why we are called to be alert about Advent. (Luke 21:28).
 
It is a liminal time at LAC - a time of endings and new beginnings - for the life of the greater Church, and, on a specific and personal level, for all of us in the LAC family as we prepare for our future as Christ's disciples in the world. As we turn from one pastoral leader to another, all the while preparing for a new installed pastor to come, we are called to hold our heads high and keep our faith strong as we discern the way forward - together.
 
For the next 18 months to two years, I will be pastor to all of you while dedicating my time to three main areas of ministry. My first priority is to offer you excellence in worship every Sunday - continuing the tradition with our talented worship staff team of Associate Pastor Rev. Elizabeth Smith-Bartlett, Music Director Douglas Kostner, and Christian Ed. Director Chrystal Chambers. We are already finding great joy in worship and are doing our utmost to bring that sense of the Spirit into our Sanctuary every week.
 
A second task that I have set for myself is to guide the church officers to best practices in Presbyterian polity - how we govern ourselves as a representative democracy, how we lead as church officers carrying out Christ's teachings while respecting historically-honed process and procedure, and how we stay ever-mindful that as a church we are committed to a community life based on love and trust.
 
Finally, I will help our session establish a mission study team which will lead us as a congregation in a self-assessment of where we stand and where we want to go as a church. All members of the church will be invited to share their views and participate in small group and large group conversations. The mission study is the first step in preparing the way for the establishment of a pastoral nominating committee to search for and select the future installed pastor for LAC.
 
So stand by, stay alert, and be ready to lift up your heads, your hearts, and your voices in envisioning a bright new future for the LAC community.
 
Yours in Christ,
Ellen
Rev. Ellen Clark Clémot