Bible Verse of the Day

1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“?Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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AYP April 2018

Grace mercy and Peace from Christ our Lord, be with you all. Amen.

I am quite sad as I write this, as it will more than likely be my last newsletter article I write for you.

Easter is a time of new growth, and rebirth.

I am excited and saddened to be leaving you all, as leaving allows me to take the next step on my faith journey, as well as it allows you to do the same.

I started with you a little over 6 years ago. You were not sure where you were at, except that you did not get along with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). I asked you where you wanted to be, and again you were not sure. You had dwindling attendance and no growth. Now you have an average attendance of 50 - 60 (when people are not camping) and have seen steady growth over the last year. You had made the decision to leave the ELCA and join the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), and have attended your first denominational conference in October, the first in 15+ years and people came back fired up, excited and full of passion.

I have already notified the Atlantic Mission District Dean, Rev. David McGettegan about the need for a new Interim pastor, and he plans on working to make that happen. Rev. Mark Chavez, the Secretary for the NALC has also said that he will be available to help as a Supply Pastor from time to time.

I will also be around from time to time, as my duties at the Masonic Village, and the Army allow me to, and I will always be available to you via a phone call or an email. You all hold a very special place in my heart, and it was ultimately a difficult decision to make.

My hope and dream for you all would be that you would continue to grow in to your new identity as a member congregation within the NALC and would continue to reach out to the larger community and be an alternative Lutheran choice in the Reading area. I feel that there is much more that you can be doing to advertise this fact and continue to grow in your Lutheran identity and as a congregation. Easter is a time of rebirth and new growth. Now it is your time to grow anew.

Amen.

Peace, Pastor Paul

Last Updated on Monday, 02 April 2018 19:02