by Rev. Dr. Robert G. Leroe,
Interim Pastor, Congregational church of wakefield
On Sunday September 16, First Parish Congregational Church of Wakefield honored its former long-time Pastor Richard Weisenbach in a special service, conferring on him the title Pastor Emeritus. Rev. Weisenbach retired in 2015 after serving First Parish for thirty years. “Emeritus” is a title given to retired clergy who are allowed to retain their title as an honor.
At the morning service, Rev. Terry Shanahan, Northeast Regional Minister of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, spoke about Pastor Rich,
and the Interim Minister, Rev. Dr. Robert Leroe, presented Rev. Weisenbach with a certificate. There was
special music from the choir and praise band, and Rev. Weisenbach delivered the morning sermon. Following the service the congregation held a cookout in his honor. Numerous retired clergy from the North Shore were in attendance, along with Rev. Weisenbach’s family and friends.
The church was also marking the 200th anniversary of their Sunday School, an integral part of the ministries of First Parish. There are classes for all ages and a teen youth group.
Go to https://fpccwakefield.org/ to see more.