Rev. Ted Haas led his
final service at Incarnation United Church of
Christ on Sunday, May 2, 2004. Pastor Ted served
the church for 2 ˝ years as interim minister.
During his pastorate he and his wife, Norine,
truly became part of the Incarnation UCC family.
Pastor Ted observed the 50th anniversary of his
ordination, while Incarnation celebrated its 235th
year as an active church. His prayers guided the
congregation in worship, celebration, and sorrow.
Norine added her contralto voice to the choir, and
also contributed to the music ministry on the
piano and organ.
It was especially
meaningful for all that his farewell was made on
Good Shepherd Sunday. The choir and the Martin
Family Singers offered special anthems with “the
Lord as Shepherd” themes. Bill Wivell, president
of the Emmitsburg Council of Churches, said
good-bye on behalf of the council. He announced
that the council was making a special donation to
the parish nursing project in honor of Pastor Ted,
recognizing his support for this newest service
venture by the churches of Emmitsburg.
The Women’s Guild hosted a
luncheon for the congregation and visitors
following the worship service. The Guild and the
consistory gave Rev. Haas a small statue of St.
Francis of Assisi for his garden. The Sunday
school gave the Haases a mosaic-style stepping
stone for the garden, which they had made and
Pastor Ted will be going
to an interim-minister position with Holy Trinity
United Church of Christ in Hagerstown, beginning
in early June. He, and Norine, will be greatly
missed by their church family at Incarnation, and
the larger community of Emmitsburg.