Saying goodbye to those who have been such a wonderful part of our church family and our community is so very hard to do. How many of us have held Joel’s hand as he has prayed over us in our sick bed or helped us face a crisis in our family. Someone who has spent his energies in serving those in need while always trying to make disciples for Christ.
A couple who’s love for God/Christ is evidenced in their daily lives. Obviously saying good bye will be difficult. What makes it a little easier is knowing that this move gives Joel the opportunity so retire as a “Senior Pastor”, something that is very important for his career. Also, I have witnessed the enthusiasm of his new congregation as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of their new pastor. Joel is going to a wonderful new church family who will welcome him with open arms.
We would like to extend to the congregation an opportunity to say good-bye to Joel and Donna at a reception held for them on Sunday May 22nd in the Fellowship Hall from 9:30 – 11:00am. This will be an opportunity to personally say “Good-Bye” and “Thank You”. There will be a basket provided to collect cards or personal gifts you may want to extend to Joel and Donna.
This will be Joel’s official last day as he will be taking some vacation and sabbatical time. However their official moving date will be near the end of June so I am sure they will be happy to hear from any of you in the interim.
Joel and Donna, we wish you the “VERY BEST” as you move on to where God is sending you next and we will keep you in our prayers as you have held us in your prayers so often.
God be with you till we meet again,
Your Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee
Susan Rogers, Chairperson