A Letter from Pastor Stan
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
For the past year I have been in a time of discernment concerning the future of St. Mark and where God is leading me. After much prayer, conversations and thought I have decided to offer my resignation as Pastor of St. Mark effective March 24th with my last Sunday being March 21st. I can honestly say this has been the most difficult decision I have ever made. When I came to St. Mark over 10 years ago, I told myself and the Bishop that I would retire from full time ministry as the pastor of St. Mark. For reasons you are aware these last years have been quite challenging and I feel that I along with St. Mark need a new start. I have received a call to a congregation in Pennsylvania and will begin on March 28th per the agreement with that congregation.
I have always felt, and still do, that the ministry of St. Mark is full of possibilities if folks remain open to the Holy Spirit and build a healthy community of believers. The faith, dedication and commitment to Jesus of this congregation run deep and wide. I truly believe St. Mark is on the cusp of growth and service with healthy leadership and the willingness to adapt to the reality of the needs of the neighborhood and the various faith journeys that we all take. The Lutheran traditions and theology are very relevant for today and the needs of people today. A foundation built on God’s word, a belief that we are all saints and sinners (needing forgiveness and acceptance) and that Jesus is in the world as we proclaim in our belief in the real presence of his body and blood in the sacrament of Holy Communion is what the world needs to hear including those of this area. St. Mark has this to offer if there is unity, peace, hopefulness and love within the congregation.
I believe I have fought the good fight and have now finished my race as Pastor of St. Mark. I will miss the view of mountains and the people I have met and worked with during my time and I will always have each of you in my prayers and thoughts. I pray that the strength of the Holy Spirit be upon all of you and upon me.
Blessings and Peace,
Pastor Stan Steele