Dear Zion Congregation,
“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor.”Ecclesiastes 4:9
It is a great team of people God has brought together here at Zion. The gifts and efforts of everyone together have provided some wonderful ministry opportunities for us over the nearly 12 years I have been here. The great team and wonderful ministry will continue on into the future.
While I have enjoyed our ministry together, I am writing to inform you that I have accepted a call as an Interim Pastor to serve Prairie Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN. I will be leaving Zion July 4th after Sunday morning worship. I have gotten to know many of you pretty well and enjoyed our friendship. I will miss being your pastor.
I believe Zion needs a new Senior Pastor. We have done some great ministry, started new missions, and expanded our service in the community and world during the last 12 years. It is time for some new ideas and direction for Zion’s best. I too am looking forward to doing new things and for a fresh start in another congregation.
As I leave, I want to remind you that I will no longer be performing any pastoral acts for Zion members. I have developed good relationships with older adults, younger parents, youth, and children. I have baptized your children and buried your parents. I will no longer be able to do those kinds of pastoral acts. I ask that you not ask me to do weddings, funerals, and such things. I can attend functions as a friend but as much as I would like to, I cannot perform any official pastoral acts for members of Zion in the future. This is necessary for the congregation, members, and myself to move on to the next chapter of Zion’s life.
Sara and I plan to stay in our home, so I expect I will see you around the community occasionally. I will enjoy the opportunity to stop and talk with you, catch up and hear about the great new things Zion is doing.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Senior Pastor.
Jameson can be reached at 763-777-1156.
Plan to stay after worship on Sunday, June 27 or Monday, June 28, to share treats and bid farewell to Pastor Ted.
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