August 26, 2019

Dear FPC—

              What a wonderful, touching time of worship we had on Sunday, followed by an AMAZING celebration afterwards.  Being your pastor has been such a gift to me—I am so grateful for you!  Thank you for all the ways you welcomed, encouraged, nudged, put up with, and helped me over the last two years.  Alice and I LOVE this congregation and we will miss you all terribly. 

              Thank you again for all the gifts, cards and kind wishes.  And CAKE!  So good.  That Friendship Garden from the kids was particularly stunning.  You are amazing! 

              As we say farewell, we leave you in a remarkable place—right in the middle of God’s plan!  You are safe and provided for in His hands.  Your next pastor is, I believe, already committed to coming to you.  Your session is prepared and ready to lead you through the “gap” time.  The fall programs are launching over the next week or two.  God is at work! 

              I cannot wait to see what God does in and through you in the next years.  You are a very special congregation and His call on you is strong and clear.  May God continue to bless you and encourage you as you move with Him into the future he has already planned for you!  Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is crazy about you!

               With gratitude for each of you and much love,


              Pastor Steve