It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as pastor of Elim Lutheran Church effective immediately. My last Sunday at Elim will be December 22nd.
When I began the call process with Elim 3 years ago, I knew that I would be partnering with a
community on the verge of monumental transition. I knew that I would not be the person to lead you after Tim’s pastorate, but I was hopeful that with God’s help, I might be able to love you, and with you, prepare for this inevitability. I have struggled with this for over a year and have been in prayer and conversation with counselors, mentors, church leaders, & trusted friends. After this process of discernment I have heard God speaking that my ministry with Elim Lutheran Church has come to a close.
I give thanks for you - the community with whom I shared my ordination. I will remember with
sincere tenderness the personal moments that you brought me in to your lives. I will remember with gratitude the times when we sought God’s voice and work, together.
At this time God is calling me to some new ministry of word and sacrament. I greatly hope that we will continue to be partners in ministry through our common ELCA efforts, and that I will see you “around” in the synod.
As our relationship now changes I ask that we limit our contact over the next year. I need
opportunity to form relationships with a new congregation or ministry. You need the space and energy to do the interim work that lies ahead. After a year I will look forward to reconnecting with you in a new relationship - as friends. Until then, there’s always Facebook!
Recently we have read lots of Old Testament stories about when the People of God were in a place of struggle. It is my prayer that in these stories you have heard this: God is faithful in her promise to remain with us. I am confident that God remains here at Elim, will remain with you in these uncertain next months and years, and will make something new and unexpected among you. I hope that you turn toward the quiet voice of God in the face of this uncertainty. I will think of you and pray for you often.
May the peace that passes all understanding be with you,
Pr. Manda Truchinski