“Ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:15-16
As this interim period comes to a conclusion, I want to echo the thanksgiving that was written to the Ephesians. I have experienced your faith and found joy in the community we’ve shared. Thank you for welcoming me as your interim pastor! During the past year I have learned with you, as we have explored the mission of God in this place. The interim period after a pastor’s retirement is an important time to celebrate what has been accomplished, to grieve the pastoral relationship that has been lost, to acclimate to change, and to reorient toward the future. After fourteen years of ministry in Racine I too needed this year to celebrate, grieve, acclimate and reorient.
Now is the time to move forward. I am excited for the new beginning you are about to make with Pastor Denise Mbise. I sense the energy that is being stirred up for action. And I know your desire to reach out to your community and connect more deeply with young people and their families. Pour out your love on Pastor Denise and her family and let it spill out onto everyone to whom the Spirit leads you! This is a time for innovation and creative action. Time to become God’s people for the changing world in which we now live. Trinity has been blessed with committed, faithful leaders on the MET Team, the Call Committee, the Council and Ministry Teams. A good foundation has been prepared. Your gifted staff is eager to move things forward with you, and the Spirit has been preparing the way! I am eager for the next steps – both yours and mine. As I hold you in prayer, I will remember your love, thankful that we were able to share this part of the journey.