The March 11, 2011 Amherst (MA) Bulletin reports on LTSP alum the Rev. Steven Wilco, MDiv 10, and his first worship at his first-call congregation:
At the end of his first worship service as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst on Sunday, the Rev. Steven Wilco asked if there were any announcements.
A member of the congregation got up and said how happy the church is about Wilco's arrival, and then everyone burst into prolonged applause.
Wilco drew laughs after the applause died down when he said, with perfect timing, "Any more announcements?"
The church, which will mark its 50th anniversary next year, has had a declining and graying membership, like most Protestant congregations. In choosing 26-year-old Wilco as pastor, members are hoping that his poise and strong Lutheran credentials will outweigh his inexperience.
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