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From Pastor Meyer’s Desk:

I have received a call to serve as the Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) Pastor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Omaha, NE.  I start serving there on August 14th.  Their pastor is retiring June 30 after 45 years serving Mt. Olive.

As I have recently shared in church, June 23 will be my last Sunday as your IIM pastor at Grace Lutheran.

“Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.  Acts 2:37b-41

“Pastor, what will we do?”  That is a common question when a pastor retires or takes a call to serve in another parish.  Simply, what we do is we continue to trust in the Lord, gather for worship, receive the Lord’s Supper, encourage and care for one another in Christ, and reach out to the world around us with the love of Christ.

Read what the early church did: And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  Acts 2:42

In other words: devoted to God’s Word, devoted to gathering with fellow believers for worship and fellowship, devoted to receiving the Lord’s Supper, and devoted to prayer!

When you read on in Acts you see the devotion they had for God and the care and compassion they had for one another ……

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”    Acts 2:46-47

The early church grew and grew wherever God’s Word was shared, and God would continue to provide.  Even today, where people want to hear God’s Word and receive His Holy Supper, God works to provide His Means of Grace, and He will continue to do that for the people of Grace Lutheran, Fairbury as well!

God Be With You Till We Meet Again!

Now begins the process of saying and experiencing the ‘Auf Wiedersehens’ (literally ‘till we meet again’) that will culminate in my ‘farewell’ on June 23.  We have all known that this day would quickly come from the very first day I came to Grace.  It’s part of the deal in being an Intentional Interim Ministry Pastor.  Knowing this doesn’t make it any easier for me.

After June 23 I will no longer be your pastor but I will be your forever friend and brother in Christ.

I have very much enjoyed the opportunity to work with you and get to know many of you.  God has done some awesome things among us, and I am confident that God will continue to lead you forward in His grace and promise. 

I intend to make good use of the short time that we still have together.  As I write this, we have plans for three children and two adults being baptized and in addition, two other adults who are joining by adult confirmation.  The good folks from Trinity, Jansen who are joining Grace are ‘still in process’ and may or may not ‘officially’ join Grace before I leave.  But it will become official in good time.  Others may yet get added to this list, but it is likely that some of this work with additional prospective members will need to be done by the next resident pastor AND MEMBERS WHO HAVE A PASSION FOR OUTREACH MINISTRY who will be part of an outreach team that will assist the pastor in maintaining care contact with other friends and potential future active members of Grace Lutheran Church.

“What will we do?”  I urge you to be doing the things that the Church has always done, as we read in Acts 2, and you will see God continue to bless your work and faithfulness.  It may not always be in more members for Grace Lutheran, but whether or not they all become ‘members’, people of God will be encouraged in their walk with God.  And the Lord will continue to gather more and more people into His kingdom of grace as people repent of their sins 

and believe and trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior……

Remember, the work you do is not about building up the Kingdom of your congregation, it is instead about being God’s people at work in the building up of the Kingdom of God!

Anything good we do is by the grace and power of God and for the glory of God!

Vacancy Pastor Preparations:  Plans for a vacancy pastor and guest pastors for all services until the arrival of our next called resident pastor are nearly completed and will continue to be reviewed as we go forward.  We hope to get the call list from the district office, President Snow, within the month and the call committee will then do their work to bring names and recommendations to the congregation in what we trust will be God’s time for the right man (and his family).  As I have been saying from day one, “Keep this call process covered in your prayers and keep praying for our next resident pastor and his family!”

Until the arrival of our next resident pastor, in the meantime, here is what is in place:

Rev. Stu Freese (recently back to Nebraska from the mission field) will be the Vacancy Pastor.  His cell # 402-230-8510.  He will officially start the afternoon of June 23 but also plans to accompany me (Pastor Meyer) on some visits, etc. in the remaining time that I am here at Fairbury.  He and his wife Deb will be making their temporary home in the same apartment that I have been using here in Fairbury.  We have also scheduled two pastors from the Seward area to come as our guest preachers at various times until the arrival of our next resident pastor.  Those pastors are Dr. Rev. Russ Sommerfeld (former district president and now in the theology dept. at Concordia Seward as a teacher) and Rev. Dave Rempfer (former high school classmate of mine and now visitation pastor, semi-retired, at St. John’s, Seward).  The plan is that one of these three will always be the preacher each Sunday until the arrival of our next called resident pastor.

Why June 23rd?  Yes, I would have liked to be present until we heard that a pastor had accepted a call from Grace Lutheran and was on his way, but this time that was not possible.  The main reason for this is the timing of my call to Mt. Olive, Omaha and my need to spend some special time with family and friends, time that has been in extreme short supply since I became an IIM pastor four years ago.  Starting June 24 Sue and I will have at least one family member (and sometimes as many as 12) visiting with and staying with us every day until August 9.  I thank you for understanding.

For anything good that has happened, and there have been many good developments, to God be ALL the credit and the glory!  For the things that I could have done better and for the visits and encouragements that I would have still liked to give but am now running out of time, I humbly ask your forgiveness and understanding.

I believe that God has great things in mind for all of you as you trust in the Lord, appreciate the gifts that everyone brings to the ministry of God’s Church, and work together in love, forgiveness and respect.  As one of the churches that I have now served during my ministry, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Remember who you are and whose you are-as the beloved and redeemed children of God in Christ Jesus. 

Though I will no longer be your pastor after June 23, I will always be your brother and friend in Christ!

Auf Wiedersehen – till we meet again.

In the meantime, keep the faith!, keep leaning on Jesus!  Keep being the type of people we read about in Acts 2 and just see what God will continue to do in and through you!

Your fellow servant and forever friend and brother in Christ,

Pastor Meyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Phone 402-729-5163
Email gl92901@windstream.net
Address 1100 G. Street
Fairbury, NE 68352

 

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