I could hardly believe it when I got an email a few weeks ago from our Bishop’s office reminding me that March 22nd marks the 10th anniversary of my ordination as a pastor in the ELCA. 10 years! And not only have I been a pastor for 10 years, this also means that I have been fortunate enough to serve as your pastor for these past 10 years as well.
When I think back to all the things that have the happened, the ministry we have done and the ways we have changed and grown as a community, it is overwhelming. I remember the people who were here when I came, many of whom I have had the honor of burying, and the new friends we have made along the way. There have been baptisms, deaths, parties, opportunities to learn and grow, laughter, tears, and more cups of coffee than I can count.
I cannot even begin to express how thankful I am to have been a part of this community over these past 10 years. To have been taught by all of you each and every day how to be a better person and a better pastor; is a gift that I cherish and something worth celebrating.
And because of this, I am hoping you all will consider joining me at Prince of Peace on March 31st at 9:30 a.m. as we mark our 10 years together as pastor and people. We will worship together first, followed by a time for fellowship and refreshments. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Dave and Jan Freund.
As Paul says in one of his letters, I give thanks for all of you every day, my sisters and brothers, and my heart is overflowing.
Faithfully yours, Pastor Rebecca