The much-anticipated day is finally here! Josh Dalton becomes the pastor of Monroe UMC today!
Just disregard the smaller letters on the church sign that spell out my name. They will be gone before very long.
I wish to thank the members of the congregation who have supported me as pastor these past 9 years. It has been an honor to serve you.
As I have mentioned in sermons, announcements, and blog posts weeks ago, I am not allowed to have any further contact whatsoever with members of the congregation unless the members make a special request through the new pastor. The request must come directly to me from him. Not only will I not interfere, I will also go to great lengths to avoid the appearance of interfering. If you think less of me for abiding by this policy, so be it.
It probably sounds arrogant and presumptuous for me to say this, but I ask that members of Monroe UMC not attend services elsewhere in order to see and hear me preach, teach or do dramatic portrayals if it means missing a service at Monroe UMC in order to do so. I know that my critics will get a good laugh out of the thought that anyone would want to do that. I hope that you hear my heart in all of this.
I bid all the members of Monroe UMC farewell. I really do mean that. I hope that each member of the congregation will “fare well” and that your ministry as a congregation will “fare well.” I will miss each of you whether you believe me or not.
Here are some of the sights inside Monroe UMC that I will miss seeing so I took pictures of them yesterday.
This is the final post from me on this blog site which I am retiring as of today. By the way, if you are interested in reading posts on my new blogsite, here is a link: Grace Upon Grace Blog Site.
What is one of your most cherished memories of our time together?
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Here is an image of one of my most cherished memories: Bishop Young Jin Cho coming to worship with us and preach to us exactly two years ago today and exactly two years after the destructive derecho went through our area!
Today’s music video features Mark Schultz.
God bless you!
Grace Upon Grace.