(Corner Main and High Streets)
PO Box 2, Mowrystown, Ohio 45155
Studying the Word of God
and Sharing it with others
Sunday School 10:15am
From the Pastor's Desk
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
If the news has not reached you by now, I am writing my last newsletter to you. I have been called to be the Pastor of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula, Ohio beginning September 1st.
As I reflect upon the last seven years and our time spent together, I am reminded of both joys and sorrows. Over the years we have been blessed with some much needed upgrades to our campus. From the new parking lot, to the new addition, to the front steps, to the railings, to the new furnace, roof and driveway of the manse, we have much to be thankful for. We have also been blessed with new faces running around our sanctuary and with both giggles and screams; and I would not have them anywhere else but crying out in worship. We have grown not just in numbers but we have grown in Spirit as well. I will not belabor the stories of people whom I have come to know quite well as they have struggled with life and in the Grace of Jesus Christ they have overcome obstacles and difficulties and have been transformed into someone better.
But we have also come to know sorrows as well. We have lost many close friends and family members over the years. Faces who no longer smile at us during worship, voices who no longer ring out at church dinners, companions who no longer share our space during the year. We have wrestled with the times and the changes that have come with them, we have disagreed with each other over issues and values and we have come to agree to disagree; and I would not have it any other way, because through our wrestling with our challenges we have become a stronger and more loving people.
After thinking about all of these things, I cannot but help to thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. As this is my first call as a Pastor, I cannot but help to treasure you more than any other. You adopted me as a son and my family as your own. You allowed me to figure out what it means to be a Pastor and what it means to be your Pastor. You laughed when we needed to laugh, you cried when we needed to cry, and you were not afraid to tell me off when I needed told off. For this and much more that cannot be put into words, I thank God for you all.
With my final words I wish to pause at the end of this newsletter to give God all the credit for everything good and right and true that has taken place in the last seven years. God has been the one at work pastoring this congregation and everything worthwhile is to be laid at his feet. Everything that has not been not so good or difficult or harmful is to be charged to my account. I hope and pray that God complete the work he has started and I have no doubts or worries about the plans God has for you, I wish everyone the best and have no hard feelings or regrets, I hope no one bears any towards us.