Change can be challenging. It can also force us to grow in new ways. Many changes are ahead for the summer months. A candidate is preaching for the call here on July 9th, and I will be leaving you in late July. If all goes well on 7/9, the pastor elect will join you in early September.
For me, saying goodbye is one of the hardest parts of being an interim. I’ve grown to care for you as individuals and my heart has become intertwined in the workings of this congregation. It is hard to let go and move on. Even knowing at the beginning that this time would come doesn’t take the sting away. But knowing someone good is coming to work with you does!
I know you will welcome your new pastor with the same excitement and joy with which you welcomed me. I trust you will take her and her wife into your hearts as so many of you have done with me. I believe that your future is bright with possibilities and dreams.
In my years as an interim pastor I have discovered that I never truly leave a church I’ve loved. You will remain in my heart for many years to come. I’ll look forward to hearing what you are doing in the years to come. I am so grateful to have been a part of this energizing congregation! Thank you for your care and support – and especially for your love for the church in this place.