I have tried to start writing this letter to you all quite a few times, with each time finding it difficult to get started. Why the difficulty? I have important news to share with you.
I will be retiring on April 30, 2024. My last worship service will be on April 21.
I am both excited to start on a new chapter of my life and very sad to be leaving you all. On March 1st I will have served as your pastor for 14 years. In this time, we have shared many sacred moments that I will always treasure. I will also treasure the not-so-sacred moments as well! I have learned so much in my time at Our Redeemer and am grateful for the patience and love we have shown one another over the years.
This time of transition for you all has already begun in that we have reduced my time at Our Redeemer. You already have a group of wonderful volunteers serving as a transition team. I have great hope for the continued ministry at Our Redeemer and I look forward to seeing how God will lead you into the future.
I will share more thoughts with you as we get closer to April.
Meanwhile, we enter the month of November with thanksgiving for all that God has done for us. One idea that was shared with me a few years ago is to send a note of thanks to one person each day in November. I am thinking of doing this. Maybe you can also. Of course, the invitation for us is to be grateful every day. Personally, I find daily gratitude an antidote to some of the difficulties of the world around us. Thanksgiving is also a time for connection and a time for family. May you all experience blessings in your own family celebrations.
Peace in Christ,
PS: This year is my 9th Annual Thanksgiving to Christmas Mile a Day Challenge. This year I will be donating to Friends of Campus Park, a local organization that has been working hard towards what will be our newest park in Oxnard. If you want to join the challenge, please let me know.