Excerpt from June, 2017 "The Mountain Top Messenger" newsletter...

Well, here it is June; summer is rapidly approaching. In regards to the weather it wasn't a very friendly May. I feel like I almost shouldn't be taking time out from building my ark to write this. Just kidding we know from scripture that we won’t need to build another ark, regardless of what the weather does, God promised us and reminds us through the rainbow that he will not do that again...
 
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June 2017 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter
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Well, here it is June; summer is rapidly approaching. In regards to the weather it wasn't a very friendly May. I feel like I almost shouldn't be taking time out from building my ark to write this. Just kidding we know from scripture that we won’t need to build another ark, regardless of what the weather does, God promised us and reminds us through the rainbow that he will not do that again.

Aside from the weather, for me the month has flown by with all kinds of exciting things that have been happening; On May 10th Karl and Kari Williams had their baby, Heinrich John Williams, grandchild number 28 and we will be baptizing him on June 11th. On May 21st, we confirmed Jayson Lunda, Abbi Moreland, and Ella Bauer, and welcomed them into the ranks of communing members of Christ's church.

And on May 26 my last online assignment for my seminary training was turned in and all I have left for completion of the SMP program is my on-campus summer intensive class July 10-14. As hard as it is to believe that May is over already, for me, it hardly seems possible that my four years of training at the seminary will be complete in less than two months. I may have said it before, and I cannot repeat it enough; I cannot thank all of you enough for having the faith and trust in me to call me as your pastor, to support me throughout these four years, and for being a part of this wonderful experience. I thank the Lord for all of you daily and I pray that the Lord will grant us many more years to live and grow together as a church family.

I would also like to take this space to give a special thanks to a few people, first to my mentor Pastor Stan Bahn and his wife Alice. I could not have done it without him, he was an integral part of my program, training and development, his half century of service to the Lord and his ability to share the experience he gained during that time has been invaluable. I thank Alice for her support as well, her many hours reading in the conference room while Stan and I worked on our lessons, and her ability to help redirect us and get us back on subject was crucial. God Bless you both.

Next to Lynn Ladd, secretary, Lynn was great at helping me focus, for running interference when I was against a dead line and helping keep an eye on my calendar.

And finally, I would like to take a bit more space to thank my wife June, without a doubt I could not have done this without her love and support. She has pushed me when I needed a push and kept me on task when I have felt overwhelmed. Throughout all of this she was my rock, through good times and bad, through frustration and loss, she hung in there with me. When all this started, she was worried because she said she would support me in all that I did, however, she was afraid she wasn't the "typical pastor's wife". Well during these last four years two things have become abundantly clear. First there is no such thing as a "typical pastor's wife" and second whether typical or not, June you have become a wonderful, supportive, caring, and loving pastor's wife. I could imagine none better. You truly love and care for me, and for all your church family. God Bless you.

That's enough for now, be careful out there this summer, enjoy your summer, remember Wednesday nights if you can't make worship on Sunday, and as you go about your daily lives, serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord, bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you, the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen

Pastor Rick
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June 2017 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter