Sunday, November 04, 2007

Leaving Redeemer. . .

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have accepted the call to be Associate Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. While I am confident that God is leading me to this new ministry and look forward to continuing to serve Him as a pastor, I am truly sad to be leaving the people and ministry we have here together.

Seven years ago when Susan and I arrived in Manitowoc, you greeted us with such open arms, and your love and care for us—and now for our three boys, Samuel, Jude, and Owen—has continued to be very apparent to us. We have loved being a part of this congregation and this community.

As Associate Pastor at Immanuel, I will be especially working in the area of Evangelism. Just as in Manitowoc, I am thrilled with the idea of looking for ways to connect Immanuel with their community, and using those connections to have the chance to tell people about the love and forgiveness of Jesus. Although the church has a part-time youth director, I also look forward to continuing to serving as a pastor to youth.

I treasure the work we have done to share Jesus in exciting ways together at Redeemer, and I trust that God will continue to use you in tremendous ways as you reach out to this community.

My last Sunday will be November 18. I will be preaching on both the weekends of November 8 & 11 and November 15 & 18. Bible studies and Confirmation classes will continue as scheduled through the 18th.

Please keep us in your prayers as we make this transition, and we will certainly be praying for Redeemer as you enter a new phase.

In Christ,
Pastor Ben Squires