ger/mar 9 scott hofmann ordination
The ordination of Pastor Scott Hofmann took place on Sunday afternoon, February 20th, at St. James Lutheran Church in Harper. Up to eighteen pastors from the community and area attended and participated in the moving and uplifting ceremony. Bishop Ray Tiemann from the Southwestern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church presided and also installed Pastor Hofmann as the called minister for St. James after the formal ordination.
Pastor Mark Ward, the pastor of Doss and Cherry Springs churches and leader of the Hill Country Deanery of Ministers, led the church service and Pastor Ardene Wuthrich, former pastor of Zion Lutheran Church of Fredericksburg, gave the sermon. Hofmann originally came from Zion and Wuthrich was his pastor there for many years. Pastor Mike Ensrude, also of Zion, read part of the Lessons.
Pastor Hofmann's wife, Sandy, presented the ceremonial stole for the service. The stole had belonged to Pastor Davis Heidtke, a mentor to Hofmann. Members of his immediate and extended family attended, including his mother, Marjorie Hofmann, mother-in-law, Esther Klein, and his daughter, Sheena Parker, who was also a reader.
Present and former members of the St. James Council took part in the service as readers, ushers and communion servers, including Loye Lovell, Margie Keller, Andrea Bode, Myron Schneider, Roy Kasper, Kenny Bode, Eileen Meyer and Pam Ransleban, with Kristen Harper and Tristan Sivells acting as acolytes. Larry Mauldin, president of the council, spoke for the congregation in the questioning of the assembly and also presented a special monetary gift to the newly installed pastor. The children of St. James sang a special song at the beginning of the service, dedicated to their pastor, accompanied by Paul Ridgell. Peggy Ernst served as organist and Paula Deike was the presiding Altar Guild member. Flowers on the altar were given by Magdalena and Marion Wendel and Ron and Sally Kettler. Earlier, the Women of the Church had presented Hofmann with a beautiful new cross to wear and the Altar Guild gave a new robe.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the church's parish hall, serving about 250 people. Especially an honor to Hofmann was the attendance of every faith of Harper, all seven churches, as well as surrounding churches of Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Doss, Cherry Springs and Mason. Many members of St. James took part in a number of different tasks before, during and after the event, proud to give their new minister a good start in his official duties.