Words of Wisdom from the UCC:
“Every ministry has a beginning and an end. Moses and Elijah concluded their earthly ministries, entrusting their authority to others and believing that God would provide other leaders who could carry on the work of ministry and leadership to that community. Jesus ministered as an itinerant, always moving from place to place; in Mark 1:38 he says, ‘Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that it what I came to do.’
Paul planted many churches and empowered other leaders to shepherd those communities after his departure; while his letters to those communities were filled with teaching, they also contained encouragement for those churches to listen to their current leaders. Even Jesus endowed the Church with the power to act in his name when he left earth following his ascension.
Similarly, when pastors conclude their ministry in a setting, they depart in faith that Jesus’ words at the end of the Gospel of Matthew are true for them and for the congregations they depart: ‘Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
This allows departing pastors to take their leave, trusting that God will continue to take care of those the pastor has served.”
Words of Comfort from Pastor Gaye:
I couldn’t have predicted this decision, even 6 months ago!
I did, however, always say that this is the congregation I wanted to retire from… I just didn’t realize that would come about 5 years before I intended.
Some folks would say that 5 years is just about as long as a pastor should stay in one congregation—so that the congregation truly understands that it is THEIR church, and the Pastor is just their leader for a time. I had hoped to be able to serve among you for much longer.
You have been such a blessing to me, and to Glenn, and we love you very intensely. But in the last 2 years, my health has declined and I simply can no longer serve you with as much energy as I should—
and as you deserve. I look forward to having special times of saying goodbye with as many of you as possible over the next month.
Let us make these last weeks happy ones!
We all know that life is change, let us embrace that change and look forward to where God may lead this church in the future!!
I am excited to see, even if I am saddened to not be with you
as you journey! But I will always be with you in spirit!