Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pastoral Appointment

The long wait is finally over.  Today I can tell you that Bishop Ken Carter is announcing my appointment to the Cape Coral First United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, Florida effective July 1st.  If you have any friends or relatives that are down there, ask  them to come visit me.  If you are ever on a trip in the Ft. Myers/Cape Coral area, stop by and give me a hug.

I know that this has been a difficult transition for some of you and I appreciate your thoughts, your support and your prayers during the transition.  Just keep praying for peace in a time of change.

Someone asked if I was excited about this.  Well, yes, but there is a great sorrow in saying Goodbye to so many wonderful friends.  One chapter ends, another begins, it is never easy, but the love that we have shared together goes on.  Love never ends.

God has blessed Woods Chapel and will continue to do so into the future.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.


Anonymous said...

God bless you abundantly during this transition and beyond. There is going to be a very blessed congregation in your new pastorate.

JS said...

From the Common Book of Prayer for Ordinary Radicals:

Major Life Transition

"Lord, help me now to unclutter my life, to organize myself in the direction of simplicity. Lord, teach me to listen to my heart; teach me to welcome change, instead of fearing it. Lord, I give you these stirrings inside me. I give you my discontent. I give you my restlessness. I give you my doubt. I give you my despair. I give you all the longings I hold inside. Help me to listen to these signs of change, of growth; help me to listen seriously and follow where they lead through the breathtaking empty space of an open door."