Blessings from Butner PC
August 15, 2017
“Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” (Psalm 28:6-7a)
By now, you may have heard that I am leaving the Butner church. There are a number of reasons. The original co-pastor arrangement worked well, but since Rebecca retired, we have not been able to find another co-pastor and it has been a challenge to fulfill my role while still working a full-time job. (It would be different if I were retired.)
Also, I have actually been preaching at Butner for almost three years – I started in November 2014 – and I have been doing pulpit supply for a total of almost five years, which is to say that I feel like I need a break. To use an analogy from a sermon I once preached, I have been mostly “breathing out” for five years and I need to take some time to “breathe in.”
This was a very difficult decision. Serving the church in Butner has been an honor and a privilege. You have blessed my life (and June’s) with your welcoming and caring spirit, for which I am very grateful. But after much prayerful consideration, I believe it is time for a change.
I look forward to worshipping with you on September 3 and September 10, which will be my last Sunday. In the meantime, please continue to keep the people of Charlottesville, Virginia – and the rest of our country – in your prayers, that the Lord may grant us all strength and mercy.