June Newsletter

Note from the Pastor

HEADING OFF TO CANADA

By now, most of you know that in late April I received a call to teach at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario. After a couple of weeks of prayerful deliberation and consultation with you and trusted colleagues, I announced on May 15 that I had accepted the call.

It was not easy to make the decision because I dearly love all of you at First Bethlehem. I have spent nearly half of my life as pastor of this church. You have helped shape who I am today, just as I pray that I have also been a blessing to you over the years. I have been quite happy here and could very well have served here until I retired. However, I believe that God now wants me to serve his church by training the next generation of pastors in Canada.

Let me make a point abundantly clear: I am confident that God cares deeply about our church and will guide you in the days ahead. Even if all but a handful of you do not remember a time when I was not the pastor at First Bethlehem, our church did have several pastors and existed quite well for over 122 years without me. First Bethlehem is not “my” church, but belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ. He knows well how to take care of you.