April Showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring?  Wait for it… Pilgrims.

Why tell a new joke when an old joke will do?  There is something about “sameness” and consistency that we love. But as Bob Dylan sang long ago, “the times they are a changing.” Many of you have already heard that Debye and I will both be retiring at the end of June 2021, and that Rev. Lindsey Solomon will be taking a full time appointment at another church. Certainly 2020/2021 was a time of change and challenge, but God is good and God provides.

Let me say I am very excited about St. John church and its future. I am thrilled that we now are having in-person worship and new visitors. Hope to see you soon. We continue to pray for the pandemic to subside and some normalcy to come back into our lives. For now, when you do come, please wear your masks and continue to social distance.

I am excited that as we come out of this pandemic, we come out with great hope and high expectations. Your identity as a loving and inclusive congregation has been noted by the community and will continue to make an impact for years to come. I am excited about your new pastor whose first Sunday in the pulpit will be July 11, 2021. Matt Nelson is a great guy and you will love his wife, Anne, and their children, Caleb and Sarah. As you might imagine, these are emotional times for all of us. Please pray for us and your new pastoral family.

Know that I have always been proud to be your pastor and hold you in my heart. Thank you for your encouragement and support during the past 5 years. It has been a blessing and an honor.

You are a gift from God,