Dear Friends in Christ,
Thank you for your hospitality in sharing life with you these six weeks in transition from Pastor Al and Cindy’s move to Ohio and Pastor Jim and Jodell’s arrival in Grand Rapids. It is a bit of a stretch for the Conference to assign a former pastor in this role, but hopefully it has been a good thing.
Conference etiquette requires that as Pastor Jim arrives I will step aside to give him and you time to get acquainted and name your visions for the future of the congregation. Over the years Grand Rapids has been blessed with pastoral and lay leadership that has included a strong community presence. My prayer is that this will continue. Our congregation has changed as has the community, but the gospel mandate remains the same: “Go therefore and make disciples.” The challenge is to find creative ways to do that, honoring our past and treasuring our future.
Know that you are in my prayers in this next exciting chapter of your life as a congregation.
Your friend in Christ,