When you come to the final chapter of a really good book, it is sometimes bittersweet. You welcome a happy ending, of course, but hate to see it end. Life experiences are not that dissimilar. The final chapter leaves us feeling nostalgic, while we look forward to new opportunities as well.
Ronoyce and I have been feeling this way since last summer. We felt a growing awareness that God was making a change in our lives, and was asking us to get the church ready for pastoral transition. It was clear that God is ready to bring new leadership, new vision, and new opportunities to SFC. We believe God revealed to us what our final accomplishments would be, and they have come to pass. With the same certainty by which we knew God called us to SFC, we are also certain He is leading us in a new direction.
I have spoken with our pastoral staff yesterday and the church board last night, announcing our retirement. Our last Sunday at SFC will be June 30. This is not a resignation so we can assume leadership at another church. Although we will not lead another local church, we plan to continue ministry in new and creative ways as God leads and provides.
Just as we have gladly given heart and soul to faithfully serve such a wonderful church family for nearly 19 years, we hope you will be happy for us and help us celebrate this new phase of our lives. Let's become prayer partners together through this time of transition and new opportunity, both for the church and us.
This Sunday I will share more details of our story. Also, I have prepared a special message to help all of us embrace God's abundant blessings and peace.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!