Ever since Pastor Terry Nordheim resigned his call to Bethesda over eight months ago, Bethesda has been in transition. It has been my privilege to have served you as your interim pastor during this time. Now the word is getting out that there was a congregational meeting on September 17th, and those present and voting voted to extend a call to Maggie Novak to serve as your pastor. As I write this article, Maggie has not officially accepted this call, but it appears that she is inclined to do so.
You have been in transition all this time, and now I feel that I am in transition as well. Soon I will be negotiating the date when my service with you will end. I feel good about our work together in this ministry. Thank you so much for having given me this opportunity. You have consistently treated me with respect and affection for which I am very grateful. I am in accord with the words of St. Paul:
“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with
joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing
in the gospel from the first day until now.” [Philippians 1:3-5]
Give your new pastor a hearty welcome, and get to work together on the mission to which Bethesda has been called.