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Dear Members:

“Daily be praying for one another AND for your next resident pastor and his family.”

I share a memory from my installation in 2010 at Mount Calvary, Fort Wayne, IN.  They had been over three years without a resident pastor, having been faithfully served for three years by an Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) Pastor.  (An unusual case as normally IIM pastors serve, at most, 18-24 mo.)  Right from the beginning he urged them to daily pray for their next resident Pastor.  On my first day there, two different members, at different times, came up to me and truthfully said to me, “I’ve been praying for you for three years.  It’s now good to finally meet you.”

From this time going forward, I urge you to daily pray for your fellow Grace Lutheran members, friends and ministries.  Please also pray daily for me as your IIM Pastor, and for your next resident pastor and his family.  Know that I will continue to pray for all of you AND your next resident pastor as well.  Wouldn’t it be something if over 100 of you could come up to your next pastor and be able to honestly tell him, “I’ve been praying for you since August of 2018.  It is so good to finally meet you!”

A few opening verses from Ephesians as I begin my work among you.  (chapter one):

2 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…….

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us,… …because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love  toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,

Please know that I will continue to give thanks for you and remember you in my prayers.  That’s just one of the things pastors do. 

I am just getting my feet on the ground here in Fairbury and here at Grace Lutheran.  I look forward to hearing more of your stories, learning your dreams and vision for Grace, and just getting to know you and serve you as your pastor.  I will not try to be ‘just like’ your former pastor, that would be an impossible task or expectation.  But I will strive to be the best that I can be among you by the grace and power of God.

As we go forward, some of the ‘interim process’ questions will be centered around:

1.  What are the various tasks of the ministry that God has given to His Church?

2.  What are the needs and opportunities for ministry in our congregation, community and surrounding area?

3.  What are our gifts, resources and strengths?  What are we doing well?

4.  What are our weaknesses?  What are we doing poorly or not at all?

5.  What does God want us, here at Grace Lutheran and the places where we live, work, play and go to school, to do at this time and place?

6.  What are our three or four key ministry focuses for Grace Lutheran going forward?

As we together come up with our answers to these and similar questions, we will be preparing ourselves to be able to put together the materials and information that we need to ask our district president for his assistance in the process of calling our next resident pastor.I am here to not only be your pastor (in this interim time) but to also help you prepare for the calling of your new resident pastor whom we hope to see and welcome sometime during 2019-2020 (as God leads and directs).  For us to call a pastor, we need to have a good grasp of who we are and our purpose and vision for the future work of God’s kingdom in this time and place.  Also that we can have a good sense of what we are looking for in gifts & experiences in our next pastor AND that we may call and invite him and his family to come JOIN us in the work that God has given us to do, work that we are ALREADY doing.I like to describe my work as similar to John the Baptist in this way, “I must decrease but our anticipation and willingness to receive and welcome the new pastor must increase.”  God-willing, I will be here as your pastor up until the time we hear that your next pastor has accepted your call.  But we will see.  All will be in God’s time.As we go forward, building on the solid teaching, practices and foundations that are already in place, it will of course be tempting to try to maintain and recreate all the wonderful times of the past.  But those times were then, our setting and community is different now.  Yes, I am certain that we will have some wonderful times and experiences which may be similar to times of old.  We may also have brand new and totally unexpected ones.  The main thing will always be Jesus and His Word.  We will listen to Jesus and His Word as we are fed and nurtured through the power of the Holy Spirit at work through God’s means of grace.  We will continue to reach out to our community with the love and promises of Jesus.  We will listen and observe as to the needs around us, and with our gifts and talents seek to be part of God’s answer to some of those needs.  Where God leads, we will and must follow!Truly God has lavished His grace and mercy upon the people of Grace Lutheran throughout her history of living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus.  Though we, as God’s people, can be very different from one another, we will continue to thank God for one another and keep one another in our prayers.  God is good, all the time!  In anything good that takes place, always to God will be all the glory!

Your interim pastor and forever brother in Christ,

Pastor Glenn Meyer

A little about me.  I grew up on rented farms in Nebraska, north of Creston & Hadar.  We didn’t have much, financially, but we always ate well with a large garden and Mom canning everything in sight.  I knew God’s ‘call’ to be a pastor/missionary since third grade.  I am the oldest of eleven children.  I attended: Lutheran Grade Schools in Leigh and Pierce, NE; Lutheran High Schools at Seward, NE (till it closed in 1972) and then Concordia, MO where I graduated from St. Paul’s Jr. College High in 1974 and then from Jr. College in 1975.  I graduated with a teaching degree from Concordia, Seward in 1977 and attended Concordia Seminary at Fort Wayne, IN. (1981 grad).  I met my wife Sue (Bergquist) at Seward and she graduated as a Deaconess from Valparaiso in 1980.  She has taught preschool in Creston, IA, Glendale, WI and Fort Wayne, IN. She spends a lot of time now helping her mother in Omaha and helping out the kids and grandkids when she can.Both daughters are married to LC-MS pastors and each have three children.  One in Placerville, CA and the other in Chaska, MN.  Our son is a Concordia Seminary, St. Louis graduate and is currently a teacher and missionary in Taiwan.

In the Fall of 2014, I started the process of becoming trained and available for Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM).  I served at my last ‘regular’ call in Fort Wayne through May 31, 2015.  I began serving at my first IIM church in Fremont, NE in July of 2015.  We chose to make our home in the Omaha, NE area (Bennington) to be closer to my mother-in-law who has just turned 95 yrs old.  My folks are in the Norfolk area, and it is good to be closer to my folks as my Dad has recently shown signs of a quickly progressing form of Alzheimer’s.  My dad had shared with me in the summer of 2014, as I happened to be considering IIM, that he and my mother had always hoped that I would one day be a pastor of a church in Nebraska.  IIM seemed to be a good match to my skills, experiences and time in life as well as an opportunity to help make my parents’ dream a reality.  I have served churches in Independence, MO; Creston, IA; Glendale, WI; and Fort Wayne, IN over the first 34 of my pastoral ministry.  Now, with you here in Fairbury, starting my fourth year of IIM, I am now serving my third church here in Nebraska. 

I have more stories.  Just ask and I am always willing to share more stories AND PICTURES!!!





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