On Sunday, May 18, 2003,
when Pastor Ted Haas entered the sanctuary, he was
surprised to find friends, colleagues, relatives
and former congregants in the pews ready to
celebrate Pastor Ted's 50th anniversary of his
ordination. Pastor Ted graduated from Lancaster
Theological Seminary in 1953, and he and Norine
had just returned from there after enjoying the
50th reunion with his graduating class.
Pastor Ted's first job was
as assistant pastor at Christ Reformed Church in
Hagerstown, MD and from there he became pastor at
First UCC in Hellertown, PA where he met his
future wife, Norine, when she came home from
nursing school at Temple University to play the
organ one Sunday. Pastor Ted officially retired in
1994 after being at Grace UCC in Frederick, MD for
19 years. He has since served as interim pastor at
five churches, and has been interim pastor at
Incarnation UCC since November 2001.
Ted and Norine greeted guests in the Fellowship
served a luncheon to everyone following the
enjoyed mingling with the well-wishers.
congregation presented Pastor Ted with a gift
certificate to Waldenbooks. Reading is one of
Pastor Ted's favorite pasttimes. The congregation
also presented Pastor Ted with a gift certificate
to their favorite restaurant. Next to reading
Pastor Ted's favorite pasttime is eating.
cuts the first slice of his anniversary cake.