June 10, 2014
Dear Church Family,
Because of your generosity and support, I leave in one hour to begin my vacation and sabbatical leave. Please pray that I’d use these weeks to pray, engage with my family and friends, and seek the Lord’s face for the future. Pray this break is good for Carrie and our children (we’re excited for a whole week together at Hidden Acres Christian Camp).
Pray that when I return to full-time ministry responsibilities on July 14, I will be refreshed and reignited to serve the LORD and this church with unfettered joy.
Pray also for MaryLou Erlacher and Gabe Erickson who will be joining me for the Acton University conference on faith, work, and economics in Grand Rapids during my sabbatical.
Pray also for the elders and other volunteer leaders who are stepping up to fulfill many ministry responsibilities. I have no doubt you will be blessed by the guest preachers and various ministries occurring this summer.
By way of reminder, I will not be reading or responding to email until July 14. If there are any emergencies, contact David Gardner, our elder chairman, first (842-3225). For non-emergencies you can leave a voice mail at the church office (447-1688) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will respond to your questions in a few days.
When I get back into preaching in July we’ll study the American Idols of sex and power. I’m already looking forward to being with you again.
Your pastor loves you. Your pastor will miss you.
Thanks again for this gift.
Yours in Christ,