To the people of Calumet United Methodist Church and Red Rock United Methodist Church.
Thank you, Thank you and Thank you. My time as your Pastor is ending next Sunday and all I want to do with my administrative council report is say thank you. Thank you for taking a chance with me and serving in missions in all the places we did. You know our ability to outreach has been felt all over the world and that is vital. We provided a large number of mosquito nets for Imagine No Malaria. We have given money for UMCOR support all over this world and in our own state. We have taken several trips to the Regional Food Bank and have worked to provide a great number of meals to people in need in this state. When the chaos of the tornado in the rural areas of Calumet blew through you rolled up your sleeves and served in anyway that was needed. Then there will always be Kansas City and Chicago 🙂 . When God called us to serve you served with everything you have and that shows how much you love God.
Thank you for the education. You helped me in my Ordination process to grow in my faith and in the ministry I have been called to do. When the ordination service occurs this Wednesday night at 7:00 at St. Luke’s in OKC. The Bishop will lay his hands on me and wash my feet this accomplishment was able to be achieved because of your prayers, conversations and guidance in the four year provisional process. I can now point to what I have learned from you all and say that the People of Calumet and Red Rock did this, as a suggestion for other churches to learn from how great you all are. This shows that you are willing to grow pastors to make other churches even better for kingdom service. That is a part of the covenant of the United Methodist Church.
Thank you for the love and care that you had for my family. Ashley was able to find places to minister and grow in her faith. Laura and Emily have grown up so much not only in the physical sense but also in the spiritual sense as well. It is hard to believe that four years ago when we arrived Emily was not even born. Emily was baptized at Calumet and that means she will always be tied to the churches. You have nurtured them to be the little girls they are today. You have also been there when we needed you for prayers when family members have been sick and have passed.
I have been blessed to be your pastor these last four years. I trust the plan that God has for you as you will continue to run the race to make Disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world at the same pace we have these last four years. As I take the pulpit for the last time June 2nd I hope you come and celebrate with us. At Calumet we will celebrate at 6:00 pm in Faith Hall and at Red Rock we will celebrate after worship on June 2nd. Thank you for serving in the name of Jesus Christ. May God be with you in every step and every breath you take.