I would prefer to have a face-to-face conversation with all of the members and friends of the church family, but that is not feasible. So, if you haven’t seen the video that was sent out yesterday or “heard through the grapevine,” I have an important announcement to share.
Ellen and I have been reflecting about my retirement date. We think it is in the best interest of our family for me to wrap things up at Beargrass on October 31. COVID has been a big factor because it has dramatically reduced our “visitation” privileges with our triplet grandsons. We don’t see COVID going away any time soon, so if I continue to work in November and December it will jeopardize our family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We already have plans in place for the transition. The Search Team is making good progress, so they may have a recommendation soon. Rev. Bruce Barkhauer will take the lead on the stewardship emphasis in November. My very committed and creative colleagues and our staff are eager to cover the Advent/Christmas season. Our church is full of fantastic folks who will step up and help.
We have had a wonderful experience at Beargrass and my family and I are deeply grateful for the support you have provided for so many years. We appreciate your prayers. And we will be praying for you as you begin an exciting new chapter in the life of the church!