The letter came in the mail – ” I AM RETIRING ” !
For 12 years – we have called him “PASTOR JOE ”
and with much sadness
We are saying goodbye September 29th. 2019.
We have belonged to our church I guess 13 or 14 years –
and he has been there for the better part of that.
Pastor Joe and Pastor Annabelle
Then – around seven years ago –
Pastor Annabelle –
joined him as our associate pastor –
” One of our own ” as the Bishop said yesterday.
Having been raised in our Synod –
and ordained –
Becoming our co – pastor after her call to Community Lutheran Church.
From TWO to ONE
It was a sad day yesterday –
for we had our Bishop –
who also is retiring at the end of August –
Doing the service and afterword –
A open question and answer
with the Pastors and the Bishop
And knowing in a few short months –
we shall not see Debra ( wife ) – and Joe again.
For in our Lutheran church –
they must leave and have no contact for years.
Joe and Debra Along with Joe is Debra a staple and a enduring influence on the church as a whole !
Joe and Debra on one of our trips into DC to see a play. Debra has many roles in the church, which will take a church full of people to replace her.
Debra and Sherry at the Washington National Cathedral. Sherry for one is really going to miss her at book club. But plans on keeping her informed through email on what books we are reading and hoping she can once again supply her insight and critique of that which we read through email !! DEBRA – WE ALL SHALL MISS YOU !!!!!
He shall always remain in spirit
Debra and Joe brought this every day- they both will be missed – but we must forge ahead as Gods work does not rest and once again – with Pastor Annabelle we will unite and make Community the place of comfort for those seeking.
With sadness comes hope – for you see – in the Lutheran Church –
The next Pastor will be called by our membership –
After extensive vetting.
As was Pastor Joe and Pastor Annabelle.
One goes and one remains –
Pastor Annabelle has become endeared to us all.
Her smile – her compassion – her voice rings clear in service.
For years and years – every Thursday or Friday – she sits in the coffee shop –
Offering free prayers and consultations to any and all – with open arms.
She truly is one of a kind.
For a time – we will count down the time and say our goodbyes –
Our memories – laughter at book club with Debra –
Her wit – her insight – her presence will be missed greatly.
Pastor Joe – his drive forward – his open arms –
his eyes taking in all new people in the pews and extending a welcome.
Their leadership – their compassion –
has led Community Lutheran to this point –
A welcoming to all –
We – the congregation – are the winners here –
To know both Pastor Joe and Debra –
To have them in our lives all these years –
Has been a blessing –
And to Have Pastor Annabelle and Jeff – her husband – to move forward –
We have had the best of two Worlds.
Already from what she said on Sunday – moving ahead –
Moving the congregation toward that common goal they both established.
The doctrine of the Church – the Open arms –
Community , as the word says – involving all –
Young Clergy Woman moving us forward –
We shall always remember – as when we first came and Pastor Paul retired.
We moved on and new beginning took shape –
And in a few months –
it shall happen once again.
Welcome Pastor Annabelle & Jeff – Farewell Pastor Joe and Debra
Pastor Annabelle & Pastor Joe
” LEAVING ON A JET PLANE ” as the song goes –
Saying fare thee well –
” I’LL BE HOME AGAIN “
Saying welcome to Community Lutheran – FREE PRAYERS AVAILABLE !
They both are moving forward – each in their own direction –
But with in the Spirit of the Lord –
each with COURAGE AND HOPE –
Fare thee well and Hello and welcome
JOE AND ANNABELLE
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