On Sunday, Oct. 27th, Long Lake Lutheran held its Fall Congregational Meeting. Thank you all who attended! A special thank you to all who have so graciously agreed to serve as new Council members for the 2020-21 term!
However, following the business meeting, it was with heartfelt sorrow that I announced to the council my letter of resignation, effective Dec. 31st, 2019. My last Sunday as your pastor will be Dec. 29th.
I have not taken another call; rather, it is time that I return to my family in Fargo. Therefore, I will be retiring from full-time ministry as of the end of 2019.
During my ten years as your pastor, we have come to a place of joy, just in being together. We have achieved unity of heart, harmony in Christ, and show respect and friendship for all who walk through our doors. This is how Christ has called us to live, honoring the call to walk with grace in His footsteps.
Let us not forget the words of St. Paul: "...lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Then, in 1st Thessalonians: "Therefore encourage one another and built up one another." Truly, that is indeed what you are doing in this church.
But most of all, never doubt that I have grown to love you all and am honored to call each one of you my friend.
Love in Christ,