On our pending move to Ohio

As some of you may have heard in the recent announcements from our headquarters in Charlotte, my family and I are being transferred to Ohio in the coming months. [EDIT: Thanks to LD for pointing out my typo in the previous sentence!]  Let me take some time here on the blog to discuss it very briefly.

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To those who may be reading this in Ohio & Pittsburgh, PA:  Howdy!  We are very much looking forward to the move and getting to know you all!  My family and I have had only a few opportunities to drive through Ohio so we haven’t seen much, but we’ve heard that there is a lot of beautiful country up there and we look forward to seeing it for ourselves.  More importantly, we’ve heard so many good things about all of you.  We only know a few folks from the area — some we’ve met at the Feast and some we’ve worked with in various projects, such as the Missouri Pre-Teen Camp — but from the impression they have made on us you must be a great group of folks!

I was actually born in Kentucky (perhaps you’ve seen the memorial statue? Yeah, me neither…), though my mom & dad moved down to Texas shortly after I was born.  We used to travel up there every summer to visit my mother’s side of the family, mainly in the Louisville area.  (I even know how to say “Louisville” properly!)  So, in one sense, I will be returning to a part of the country that had meant a great deal to me earlier in my life.

We’ll be talking with many of you soon, I am sure, but in the event that some of you read this blog I thought it would be a good place to let you know how very much we are anticipating serving in that area and getting to know you all better!

To those in our current areas in Missouri & Illinois who may be reading this:  I don’t want to say too much here, as I really want to be able to talk to everyone in person as we got a start at doing in St. Louis this Sabbath — and my thanks to Mr. Oswald and Mr. Travis for being flexible and helping me to make the announcement as “in person” as it is possible to be in three different places at once.  However, let me say here that this area here in central and eastern Missouri has been remarkable.  Your faithfulness and dedication has been an example to me.  Those whom God has called amongst us here — and those He will call amongst you here, in the future — are also well served by your example, and I charge you to keep up the good work.  I have no doubt that the pastor God will bring you after me will appreciate all that I have had the chance to appreciate these past several years.

It has been a joy and a privilege to be your pastor, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be so.  My family and I have been blessed by the opportunity we have had to serve you, and I can only hope that we have been half the blessing to you that you have been to us.

But I’m not gone, yet! 🙂  If any of you have any questions or concerns about the move, please let me know — call, e-mail, smoke signal, cans-and-string… whatever works for you.  We are modifying the sermon schedule for the next two months so as to maximize our time in each of these areas before our departure, so everyone should have a chance very soon to talk with me face-to-face to discuss the transfer and ask whatever questions your heart desires.

Again, there is so much more for me to say to those who have come to love so greatly, but I will save it for our visits where I can say it in person.

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And that’s all for now!  I don’t plan to blog extensively about the transfer, though I’m sure that news of progress (finding a home, memorizing the capital of Ohio, etc.) will find its way here from time to time.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled web surfing…

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5 thoughts on “On our pending move to Ohio

  1. Leona Dorothy

    No need to post this comment, but I just thought I’d let you know about a typo in the first paragraph: You said you are being transferred to Charlotte. Oops! 🙂

  2. Craig

    Texas —> Missouri —> Ohio! You are getting closer! We’ll get you to Canada yet… if only for a visit. 🙂

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