A Season of Departures

We are in a season of departures. The last two Sundays we have said goodbye to our Learning Ministry Together (LMT) students from Christian Theological Seminary, Preston Becker and Alex Pittaway. This coming Sunday is Linda Bush’s last Sunday with us as Student Pastor, though she will remain on staff through the summer and beyond that as a member of the congregation. On May 21, we must say goodbye to the Michel family as they move to Iowa where Jill will serve as pastor of First Christian Church in Coralville. And on June 30, Sandy Heidenreich will retire after serving for more than a decade as our Office Administrator. While we celebrate the new phases of life that are ahead for each of these people, we also acknowledge the loss that these departures represent for us. We will miss them! Each person brings something particular that shapes the community, and we are grateful for all that these folks have brought. On May 21 following worship, we have the chance to express our gratitude for Jill and her family. God is good! I look forward to celebrating with you in worship on Sunday. Blessings, Linda