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The next days will include times of goodbye as I complete my time with you as your pastor and opportunities for you to welcome your new shepherd, the Rev. William Mudge. I recall the Apostle Paul’s words of appreciation to Timothy for how a people of faith responded to him and led in ministry to God’s people. 
          Onesiphorus supported and refreshed me and he was not ashamed of my chains of imprisonment. On the contrary, after I arrived in Rome, he quickly searched hard for me until he found me… You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus. 2 Timothy 1:16-18 NIV
You have been welcoming, renewed my spirit, and have accepted me despite my limitations. As Debbie and I enter a new phase of life, we would echo the words Paul wrote to the church at Philippi:
          I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers. I’m thankful for all of you every time I pray, and it’s always a prayer full of joy. I’m glad because of the way you have been my partners in the ministry of the gospel from the time you first believed it until now. I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus. I have good reason to think this way about all of you because I keep you in my heart. You are all my partners in God’s grace…. God is my witness that I feel affection for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters…. I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God.
We will:

  • Remember you often in our prayers, giving joy filled thanks for our time with you.

  • Hold dear our partnership with you in ministry together in our community.

  • Affirm that God will continue to work in you and through you.

  • Keep you in our hearts with deep affection.

  • Give thanks for the exemplary staff through whom we have all been blessed: Voigt, Gordon, Jacquie, Julie, Rebecca, Janet, Patti, Wayne, Susan, Jeff, Lisa, Julie, Frankie, and Douglas.

  • Rejoice over the privilege of working with so many committed office volunteers and lay leaders.

  • Continue to beseech the Holy to lead and direct our denomination, Annual Conference, Bishop and Cabinet, Administrative Council, and ministry teams.

  • Pray that your faith will become even deeper and richer in knowledge and insight

  • Hope that you will discern the future to which God is directing you personally and as a congregation and focus on what is of true importance.

  • Call upon the Almighty to bless you with hope, peace, righteousness, and grace.

  • Invite you to remember us and our family in your prayers.

    Albert Schweitzer said:
              At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
    You have lit flames within us. You have been a blessing from the Lord to us. We want you to know how much you mean to us. For all you've done, and for who you are, we are eternally grateful. As we anticipate the changes in our relationships with you, we pray that God's blessings will be with you in abundance. I challenge you to follow the teaching of Saint Peter who said:
              As each of you has received a gift, employ it for one another as befits good trustees of God's many-sided grace. Whoever speaks, do it as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, do it with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever Amen, so be it. ~ 1 Peter 4: 10-11(Amp)

    In grace and peace, Larry & Debbie Mott-Lundgren