As many of you know, I’ve been training and preparing for my “final chapter” of ministry. For a while now, I’ve felt called to serve as a chaplain in some form. One month ago, I was offered one of the two hospice chaplain positions in Lincoln/Lancaster County with Tabitha Health. Since these positions rarely come open, I accepted the position. I will end my role as Lead Pastor at First Lutheran Church on May 31. I will begin service with Tabitha on June 8.
It isn’t easy to say good-bye, especially given the strange realities we currently endure. The past 7 years have been filled with many blessings and good memories. I am so thankful God gave me the opportunity to join with you in the ministry of this congregation. Words can’t express my appreciation for your love, support, forgiveness and dedication. We have been good partners in this work.
I want to express my deepest gratitude to my colleague, Pastor Justin Eller, and to every member of our staff. They have helped to make this work more fun and meaningful. I have been blessed to be a part of this leadership team.
Please pray for me and Marianne as I begin this new opportunity for ministry in God’s church. Please pray for Pastor Eller, our staff, our Congregation Council and our congregation in this time of transition and new beginnings.
At First Lutheran, we are a community of disciples of Jesus Christ working for the transformation of the world. Throughout our history, we have remained committed to drawing on our Lutheran (ELCA) tradition of using meaningful worship, content-rich learning and warm hospitality to care well for our congregation, the surrounding community and the world.