New Year and New Beginnings
As this will be the last article I write as your Senior Pastor, let me first lovingly share what an honor it has been. This is a different type of departure for me, as I am not heading to a new congregation. As most of you know, I am moving into a new phase of life as I strive to spend more time with my family.
Yvonne and I will always cherish our time here with you, and we thank God for each of you. As I have shared in the past, St. John’s is a special place and it is made special because of the people who make up this church and care for her mission. Our life together at St. John’s has been full, even in the time of Covid separations. We seemed to find a way to be together and that speaks volumes about who we are as a community.
I will be serving in some capacity somewhere in the future. I just do not know where yet. I only know it will not be full time. Karen Goy shared a comment with me this past month. She said: “Don’t think God is done using you yet, Pastor Ken.” Those were words I needed to hear at that moment, and they will be with me as I venture into the time ahead.
Allow me to close with a note that I found as I was cleaning out my things and preparing for the move ahead. It was written by my dear Lauren, and I am guessing that she was about 10 years old when she penned it. Her words brought tears of sadness and joy when I found it, and I present it here just as she wrote it, spelling and grammatical errors included.
“Now children, can you tell me your favirot Color?” said the teacher. Why don’t we start with Tommy… GREEN screamed Tommy. Blue said Nancy. Yellow said John. Red said Mickal. And so on. Unlike these children, God has no favirots. He loves all children, God Loves all colors, Blue, Red, Green, Yello. He loves all children from you to a starving child left alone in a terrible war. God loves all people, God loves all numbers. God loves all animals. He loves all things from a dying tree to a seedling tree. God has no favirots. He is there for a dying person as well as a suffering animal. The most important thing you need to know in life is Jesus loves you. The best song is not one from the Backstreet Boys or the Spice Girls or Hanson. It is by a very young composer who wanted to make a point. I think he did.”
“Jesus loves me, yes, I know for the bible tells me so….”
Yes, Lauren, and, yes, saints of St. John’s, God does love you and so do I.
We hope you will join us following worship on Sunday, January 15th for a reception honoring Pastor Ken and Yvonne and thanking them for their time serving alongside our St. John’s family.
Cake, coffee and punch will be served. There will be a basket available for a Card Shower for PK and Yvonne. Any financial gifts can be made to either Lunches for Learning or Sky Ranch.
Sunday School classes for kindergarten through 6th grade will meet until 10:30am. Students will then be dismissed to join their family at the reception. Confirmation and High School classes will not meet.
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