Dearest Church Family,
It is with a heart full of love and appreciation that I say “THANK YOU” for all of your words, your gifts, your generosity, and the lavish celebration you held for Aundrea and me. We were overwhelmed and humbled by your expressions of love. Springdale is a very special people and a special place in the world. It is just a dot on the planet, but it is our dot and I sincerely think that there is not a better place to serve God and live in His family.
I have thoroughly enjoyed and been blessed by my years at Springdale. When I tell people that I have been at Springdale for 41 years, it does not seem possible. In so many ways our life is a vapor as Scripture says in James 4:14. I know that some days, and even weeks, seem long and tedious, but looking back over the years, the time seems to have flown by. Thank you so much for going on this life-journey with me as we followed the Lord Jesus together.
Springdale has the greatest Staff of any church I know and I have known a lot of churches and staffs in my lifetime. Thank you, Staff, for all the wonderful years of ministry together. You have continuously worked hard and accomplished amazing things. Thank you for the exceptional job you did in planning and orchestrating my Retirement Day Celebration. I will always remember it as a highpoint in my life. More than anywhere else I know, Springdale does all that we do with excellence unto the Lord. Much of that comes from the leadership and commitment of the people God has called to be His Staff.
Church, continue to love, listen to, and follow the leadership of the Staff. God has given them to us as His gift to our church (Ephesians 4:8-13). I testify about them that they love the Lord Jesus and they love you. God has many more rich blessings in store for our church if we will continue to follow His leadership through His shepherds and leaders.
Church, you have been and always will be my family. I have grown up with you; raised my children with yours; and grown old“er” with you. I sincerely love each and every one of you. Thank you again for your love and generosity. You have richly blessed me.
Some of you have asked about our trip so here are the initial details: Aundrea and I have scheduled our trip to Hawaii for February 14th. We will cruise the islands and stop for excursions at several of them. This is a trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much! It is a place that we have always wanted to see and experience. You have blessed us in a million different ways and you continue to do so.
I am looking forward to all that God is going to do in and through Springdale in the days ahead. Don is God’s man for our church as Lead Pastor. He is an answer to my prayers and I know an answer to yours as well. Please lift him up as he takes us forward toward the Lord Jesus’ future for Springdale.
I love you, church. Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart! I’ll see you Sunday,