I assure you that it is better for you that I go away. If I don’t go away, the Companion won’t come to you. (John 16:7)

Jesus’ disciples were not happy that Jesus was leaving them. Many of you have expressed your grief at my retirement. I appreciate you. I also am grateful to those who are happy about my leaving and are keeping quiet. I will miss everyone at First United Methodist Church. Leaving is always difficult. However, I believe that it will be better for you that I leave and that a younger and better pastor will be appointed by Bishop Berlin. I am excited for you that you will have a new leader.

We have work to do to ensure it is a smooth transition for your new pastor. Things are only going to get better. As Jeremiah said to the people who were captive in Babylon:
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Dr. Sam