Dear beloved faith family,
In early September you received a letter from me with news that I can only call bittersweet. While every pastor knows they’ll write a letter of resignation at some point in their career, the big question is when that will happen. It’s the same for most jobs, I suppose, but that doesn’t make it any less bittersweet. As our time in ministry together draws to a close, there are a million things I’d like to say to you, but I’ll keep it short with two: (1) Thank you and (2) I love you.
Thank you for these nearly 5 years of ministry together. Thank you for taking a chance on a first-call pastor and, in the process, making me a pastor in the ELCA. Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality, both in the church community and in your lives. Thank you for opening your hearts to me and allowing me the privilege of walking beside you in both good times and bad. Thank you for the grace you extended to me as we learned and grew and changed together. Thank you for allowing me to have liturgically correct hair color. Thank you for welcoming my family into this community and letting me share stories about Ruby, better known as Pastor Cat. Thank you for giving me the best coworkers. Thank you for the fellowship, the ministry, the adventures, and the celebrations. Thank you also for the difficult conversations and situations that allowed me to learn and grow into the person and the pastor I am today. For all this and more — THANK YOU!
And, I love you. I knew I loved you back in 2016, when Tim and I travelled down to Le Center on our first wedding anniversary to interview with the Call Committee for the first time. I’ve loved you ever since — in good times, not-so-great times, joyful times, pandemic times, and beyond. You will always have a special place in my heart.
And although I said I’d only say two things, I’m going to add a third: a prayer. May God bless the time we have left together with so much joy and love and laughter that we pee our pants. You read that right! And may God bless you as you enter into a new and exciting chapter in your mission and ministry as God’s church, here in this community for the sake of the world.
May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; may the Lord look upon you with favor, and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26