A letter from America!
Dear Balerno Parish Church,
My apologies for not sending an update sooner! Once my winter break ended and I returned to Princeton Seminary, things just seemed to get busier and busier! I've picked up two paying jobs this semester, which has been a blessing but takes away more free time. One of my jobs is in the Special Collections department of the library: I help archive documents and books that people donate to the seminary. My other job is a little more fun, I am in "Touring Choir", it is a choir of about 17 people that go to different churches in the area and help lead their Sunday morning worship. It's part of the seminary's initiative to keep good relationships with churches that have been great monetary supporters of the seminary.
We've been having a ridiculous amount of snow here in Princeton. We had several days of class canceled because the conditions were so dangerous. I was ill for half a week with a stomach bug a few weeks ago, which was most unpleasant but it made me see how many wonderful and devoted friends I have here because I required a lot of help!
Some of you know that part of training for ministry is a required church internship while at seminary. Next year, I will be the intern at a worshipping community called Breaking Bread. It's the worshipping community that I go to already in Princeton so I know everyone really well. It is run by the Princeton University Presbyterian Chaplain and I am so excited to work with her and get to experience working with an age group that I've had little experience with (my own!).
The best news of all is that in a few weeks I will be an official Inquirer for ministry in the PCUSA. I've already been approved by my church and my Presbytery's Committee for Preparation on Ministry. This meeting in March will mean I will officially come under care of my Presbytery and start the more official systematic parts of becoming a minister (besides the education). This is a HUGE step and I'm very excited.
My family is doing very well and we are looking into flight costs for June time so I hopefully will be see many of you in a few months. I think of you all every day (and that's not an exaggeration). Your constant encouragement and prayers get me through the more difficult days of seminary. My love and prayers are with all of you and your families.
Grace and peace,
Hayley Cohen - February 2014
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