Meshoppen United Methodist Church got appointed a new pastor with a little island flair this month.
Reverend Lenore Hosier, originally from Baltimore, Md., but more recently from Freeport and Nassau, in the Bahamas, is temporarily taking over from Gill Clark, who retired.
Hosier got her training at the South Central Pennsylvania Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown and has been a pastor for ten years.
“Seminary was awesome,” she said, “Such a great sense of community.”
“I think all young people want some sense of community,” she added.
Hosier got involved with the church through her grandparents.
“We moved around a lot,” she said, “I would go to whatever church was nearby.”
“I was just drawn to it,” she added.
Hosier moved here with her daughter, Rebecca, and her husband of 24 years, Robert, who have all been impressed with the local hospitality.
“The people are wonderful, the food is phenomenal, and they keep feeding me,” she added.
The Hosiers also have a son, Randy, who lives out of state.
According to Hosier, the biggest problem facing the church right now is staying relevant.
“We can’t do things the way we’ve always done them,” she said, “We need to look outside of the church and see how we can expose people to Christ.”
“We have to be Christ’s hands and feet and go out and serve him,” she added
That’s why, Hosier said, her focus is on mission work and community outreach, a goal she found pleasantly reflected in her new congregation.
“I thought I’d have to convince them, but they don’t seem to need convincing,” she said.
“I came with this idea that this would be this real little place,” she added, “but it’s kind of a hub of the community.”
Hosier said that both local and international outreach was important.
“I’m very about crossing cultural boundaries,” she said.
Citing her two years spent ministering in the Bahamas, Hosier said that, “When you go off the resorts, its just impoverished. You don’t think about stuff like that.”
“I think we have that in our own community,” she added, “We just need to find where there is a need.”
In that spirit, the Meshoppen United Methodist Church is holding a two day community work period during the first week of May that will focus on light maintenance and upkeep for older people and the sick in the community.
A team from one of Hosier’s former congregations in Chambersburg will be joining Meshoppen for the event, but she refuses to take credit.
“It was all the church’s idea, not mine,” she said.
Hosier will be the pastor of Meshoppen United Methodist Church until June 30.
She invites the community to come worship with her at 11 a.m., Sundays.