The Community Church Welcomes Reverend Newt Kerney
By Ann Mauzé
The Community Church of San Miguel de Allende is pleased to announce that the Reverend Newt Kerney will serve as minister-in-residence beginning Sunday, November 1, through December 31. The Community Church is located at Salida a Celaya 34 and offers two worship services every Sunday. The first service, from 9:30 to 10:30am, is wisdom-seeking through meditation, music, and discussion led by a member of the congregation. The second one, from 11am to 12pm, follows a traditional Protestant service that includes readings from scripture, a sermon, music, and communion. All are welcome.
Sun, Nov 1, 9:30-10:30am
Salida a Celaya 34
Ordained in the Lutheran Church in America, Kerney was a pastor in three parishes in California and one in Hawaii during his career. In addition, he has served as a hospice chaplain and sat on 18 church and secular non-profit boards in the areas of housing, food distribution, counseling, and support for troubled youth. A California resident for most of his life, Kerney majored in music at San Diego State University before attending Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
He and his wife, Julie, live in Cotati, CA, a part of Sonoma County. They eased into retirement by volunteering with churches around the world, such as the Community Church in San Miguel. Past experiences include work in Lithuania and Bali as well as Tanzania, where Newt finished support for a secondary school.
In the spirit of the inter-denominational Community Church, Reverend Kerney preaches occasionally at a California Lutheran-Episcopal mission that meets in a Roman Catholic Church. For recreation, he helps in a local winery “just for fun” and plays string bass.
Julie is a registered nurse and was a public health and pediatric nurse as well as a parish nurse. She is part of a health ministry group that creates classes in churches to help seniors prepare for life transitions and is a professional resource for people facing crises and major medical concerns. The Community Church has had a minister-in-residence program for over five years in which outstanding ministers are invited to come to San Miguel de Allende for a few months to preach, teach, and share. While all are associated with mainstream Protestant denominations, they bring a diversity of experiences, interests, and viewpoints. The interdenominational Protestant Community Church believes strongly in the value of outreach and through its donations and personal efforts, supports a variety of local non-profit organizations to help the less fortunate. This is a welcoming and inclusive congregation, extending an open invitation to all to join them in worship on Sunday mornings.
For more information, go to www.communitychurchofsanmiguel.org.