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As I write this article for the Trumpet I am preparing for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. And as I remember that this will be my last article that I write for you, I am thinking about “last things”.
In the Old Testament, the Book Of Daniel, that “looks into the future to foresee the events of the end time when the Lord will, for one last time, reveal Himself and bring the earthly ages and their tribulation to a close, and establish His eternal reign, bringing full salvation to His people”.
In the New Testament, our resurrection and the assurance of Christ’s second coming.
This will be our last Good Friday Service with you, our last Easter Sunday celebration. We have 14 Sunday’s left to spend with you as your Pastor and spouse. Our last service with you will be on Sunday June 26.
My, how time flies! The SPPRC sent you a letter last August 6 that said in part “The good news is that we still have 11 months with Pastor Tom and Lois……” Now it’s down to 3 months and 14 Sunday’s.
For most people in the ministry it’s a marathon. For us it’s been a sprint. Our ministry and all of you have been joined at the heart.
During this time my emphasis has been on my passion for Exceptional Pastoral Care, and the fourth principal factor John Wesley believed, in his Wesleyan Quadrilateral (Scripture, Reason, Tradition & Experience), “my understanding and appropriating of the faith in the light of my own life and common sense knowledge of everyday experience.”
My competence as a Pastor to Teach, Reach and Preach through Exceptional Pastoral Care, has been judged by you, the congregations that I serve, through the Annual Pastoral Leadership Assessment, as it should be, and it’s really been quite remarkable.
Together we have built a bridge from the Pulpit to the Pew that has emphasized that our Spiritual formation is “being conformed to the image of Christ for others.” To love and serve our neighbor.
On August 10 in a letter to you we asked that “you cherish the time we have had together and embrace the time we have left, and leave the rest in God’s hands”.
This was a journey that we never thought we would take and your love, kindnesses, compassion, caring and support will be cherished always and forever.
The Bible is a love story. We hope our ministry has been a love story for all of you too. You have certainly made it that for Lois and I. Thank you!
Grace, Peace & Love,
Pastor Tom & Lois
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Founded in 1855. In pioneer days, church groups met in homes and later in one-room schools. Revival meetings were held in the Baldwin one-room school on the corner of Gunn and Orion Roads.