Thanks for the Memories
Well, the lights are on, the sidewalks are cleared, and Pearce Church is open today! What a memorable stretch these past eight days have been! First, the church was closed last week for three days due to the power outage from the wind storm; then, Pearce was shut down for two days due to a memorable winter storm. (This morning on the radio, they said that this week’s snowfall was the third heaviest on record in Rochester!)
I wonder if all of this is tied to Pastor Mike’s decision to leave us, don’t you? Even nature rebels at the thought!
As much as I’ll miss him, I want to express my deep appreciation for the privilege it has been for me to work alongside this gifted pastor. The congregation at Hope Chapel in Perry will soon realize what a blessing their new pastor, and his entire family, will be to their community.
I invite you to join us this weekend as we say thank you and goodbye to the Kuhlkin family. Following the Sunday worship service, we’ll gather for a reception in the Family Life Center. Jim Heeks will have a great selection of tasty treats, including pulled-pork sliders and venison chili. After all, this is Pastor Mike’s farewell, so there’s got to be venison somewhere. At the special request of Pastor Mike’s daughter, Rachel, there will also be a chocolate fountain.
And let’s hope things settle down after Pastor Mike’s departure! I could use a sunny day with temps in the sixties, couldn’t you?
(I pulled the photo above out of the archives. It was taken in May 2008 at my first pastoral retreat with the Pearce team.)