Retirement Reflections

This Sunday is May 5th.  If you grew up in Scott Valley you know it is Rodeo Sunday at the Pleasure Park Arena.  I grew up next door to the rodeo grounds so we always watched the rodeo with great interest.  There is a parade in downtown Etna on Sunday.  It usually begins around 10:30 am.  On rodeo Sunday we always have church at 9am and cancel Sunday School.  Church will conclude about 9:45.   This gives everyone the opportunity to see the parade and enjoy the festivities downtown.

I have been praying for the elders and the search committee as the process of finding a new pastor is well underway.  It is encouraging to know that God has the new pastor already selected.  God in His perfect sovereign plan is not alarmed or concerned about the future of our church. God has everything concerning our church in His gracious sovereign care.  I love our church and have been so privileged to be your pastor these past 22 years.  I am a little amazed that 22 years have passed by so quickly.  It has been a wonderful honor to shepherd this flock.  I have been emptying my books out of the office to make room for the new pastor.  It feels a little strange and at times rather sad.  It has been a hard decision to retire as your pastor.  But, I know it is the right decision.  One of my favorite verses is “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it”. Jesus spoke those words in Matthew 16:18.  The church belongs to Jesus.  God purchased and established the church by Christ’s death on the cross. God has empowered and filled the church with the Holy Spirit.  God will continue to sustain and fill the church with His Holy Presence. God has good things in store for the Scott Valley Berean Church. The best is yet to come.   He will bring the right person to teach God’s Word and shepherd God’s people.

God Bless You

Pastor Drew

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