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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Today was our last Sunday with our Pastor Paul and his wife Debbie. It really was a great service and pot luck dinner afterward honoring him for his time here with us and sending them off with a hands on prayer circle by our Elders and Deacons. I was honored to be a part of that since I am an Elder. We had special music and the mood was positive for them as well as sad for our loss. One of our soloists sang May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You after the prayer circle. Another friend and I did a jazz rendition of Amazing Grace. I was honored to do that two years ago for Paul's Ordination to our church so he joked and said now I was "kicking him out" with the same song. He has a great sense of humor. He and his wife were just married in Dec. and we didn't know her when he came to us 2 years ago. Debbie is a very special godly woman and she will be a great partner for him. Please pray for them as they start their lives in a new church and state.

So now we rely on God to help us search and find the best person for our church. Once again I ask for prayers for our church and the search team as we continue with this daunting task. We will be meeting with the head minister of our "region" on Wednesday as he guides along the way. We believe God already has that new Pastor already picked out and he may not even know it yet. We will take our time and see to whom God leads us. We have guest speakers scheduled through Easter. One is a missionary from our church. She always has interesting stories to tell of her trips to Haiti. Another one scheduled is a group of men from the Light House Ministry. That is a place for people in recovery for their addiction to alcohol and drugs. A group of men come and tell their story about what God is doing in their lives and sing for us too. Very good group and their testimonies are very moving.

Well, that's about it from here today. Max sends his purrs and meows to all of you...both human and furry friends.

My Pastor said today that he doesn't believe in in his words, "See ya." Of course we know we will see one another one day in Heaven. What a day that will be.

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    There is nothing I could add that hasn't already been said. emoticon
    1856 days ago
    I hope your search is a quick one. Tell Max hi for us.
    1856 days ago
    1856 days ago
    That sounds like a lovely send off for Pastor Mika and his wife. I am sure the right pastor will be found and will prove another perfect addition to your special and close circle. Sending more prayers for all.

    Hugs and blessings, Nattacia

    1856 days ago
    What a great tribute for your pastor and his wife. God will put the right pastor for your church when the timing is right. My prayers will be with you and your church.
    God Bless you.
    1857 days ago
    What a warm tribute to your pastor and his wife. I'm sure they'll do well in their new church. But, it is hard to make a transition; in a small church the pastor and his wife also become good friends and I'm sure they will be missed in many ways. You will see each other again! Time to be preparing to welcome a new pastor with the support they need as they are also transitioning. Prayers for all. emoticon
    1857 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    I'm so sorry, I appreciate how you're feeling, it's never easy when we have to say good-bye to our Pastor's and their families. I went through this over a year ago when our Pastor left after serving for 7 years. We had a farewell and dinner for the family. There wasn't a dry eye in the place. It wasn't easy in the months to come while we had a Interim Pastor and our Church was thrown into a Pastoral search. We now have a new Pastor and Family who are a rich blessing to the congregation..I'll keep you in prayer that your congregation will heal & a new Pastor is found quickly!. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1857 days ago
    I hope all goes well for your pastor on their journey. God will help you and your church and the new pastor in His own time and I'm sure He will make a good choice.
    1857 days ago
    I am continuing to pray.

    I like the "See ya!"
    1857 days ago
    I'm glad you enjoyed your last service with your Pastor and Wife and that you got to be a part of it. I know you hate to see them go but I'm sure the Lord has just the right person for the job.

    Zoey sends tail wags to Max and we both are sending hugs to you.
    1857 days ago
    Praying for you all during this transition
    1857 days ago
    That is a bitter sweet day. I am glad for you to be able to be such a part of it all.
    1857 days ago
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