You are NOT going to believe this.

Today, the first day technically off-the-job, I went to the office to get packing.
Our secretary walks in with some mail for me. One big envelope is from the RCA's General-Secretary office. Oh oh.

It turns out to be a letter/packet of welcome for new ministers just ordained in the RCA. ID card included: "This certifies that Steve Hemmeke is a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America."


The day after I STOP being an RCA pastor, I get sent a card three YEARS behind schedule welcoming me to the RCA. I'll be shaking my head at this one for years. How long will it be before they get to my letter explaining that I just left, and before they take my name OFF the list of ordained RCA ministers?


  1. That's very funny and very sad.

    Blessings, RogueMonk

  2. It took about that long for mine to arrive as well. I have to say I find the irony facinating.

  3. that's just too funny! Enjoy your new church!

  4. Don't worry, I haven't received my packet either.

  5. I'm tempted to psycho-analyze why Ann is baiting me into a reply, but I'm refraining...