Loving God, One Another
& Our Communities
for over 150 years.
Sunday Worship Schedule
10:00 am Worship
9:45 am Nursery Care
10:15 am Sunday School
Interim Pastor: Rev. Bruce VanDer Kolk
October Newsletter/click to read
MY PARTING THOUGHTS by Interim Minister Bruce VanDer Kolk (His last Sunday with us will be Oct 25th.)
I would like to sing you this song as you read this letter. So Long Farewell
There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall
And the bells in the steeple too
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird
Is popping out to say "cuckoo"
Regretfully they tell us Cuckoo, cuckoo
But firmly they compel us Cuckoo, cuckoo
To say goodbye . . . Cuckoo! . . . To you
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight
It has been a wonderful journey and what a delight to share our lives together for this past year. But it is time for both of us to start a new adventure. I have made some very good friends here and it was a pleasure serving you.
While I was with you I tried to be who I am in Christ in my words, actions and deeds. There were times when I messed up and was in need of your forgiveness. And you graciously gave it. Thank you. Now it is time for me to fade away, as all good soldiers do. It is now time to prepare for a new beginning with a new pastor.
I would like to leave you with a special prayer. On the last night before Jesus was betrayed he not only shared the last Supper but he concluded with this prayer. My prayer too for you and the future of FCC.
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
Jesus is praying for us, his own people to love each other, so the world might believe because they see our love.
With love and joy I say Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight.
We have a new full-time Pastor! Rev. Sarah Gladstone will be starting her ministry with us on Sunday, Nov 1st. Click here to find out more about her.
GROOVE Exercise Classes start on Friday, Oct 2nd at 10am. Find out more on our Events page.
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