Saturday, September 8, 2018
May grace, mercy and peace be multiplied to you in Jesus.
It has been almost a month since I have written anything on this page. I have to say that it has been a most eventful month. It has included retirement (yes, this time for real.) The office in the church has changed hands since Pastor Stephen Shaffer has moved his books and materials into the office. I have signed a contract with the Riverside Community Reformed Church to be a part time pastor. And of course, we had a retirement party a week or so ago. To say the least, I am eagerly looking forward to the installation of Pastor Stephen this coming Friday night.
These changes lead to other changes as well. For example, I will be teaching Tuesday Night Bible Study - at least for a while. I also have permission to do some visitation in Bethel which really satisfies that part of my soul. One change, though, might be a more difficult thing. Writing this note every week or so may or may not happen. I am hoping that somehow I will figure out how to send out email messages en mass in the weeks to come. Different computer, different programs and the like are making it more difficult to do this. But, we will try.
I am so grateful for all the years that Linda, the children and I have been part of the ministry at Bethel Reformed Church in Brantford. I am also grateful to the Lord and to a very diligent search committee that we have a new pastor to lead us in worship and ministry. I am excited, and look forward to Pastor Stephen's leadership.
So, as always, we entrust what happens next to a gracious God, who will be our joy and strength in all that is yet to be.
"Therefore, beloved, keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NRSV)
In the love of Jesus,