In a letter submitted to the Congregation Council at their March 13 meeting, Pastor Moehring announced he was resigning from his ministry at Christ Lutheran after 28 years of service. The Council accepted his resignation with regret.
Pastor’s last day leading us in worship will be Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. After that date, he will no longer be available to perform any acts of normal pastoral care, education or administration. The Council is already working with the Virginia Synod on a transition plan for the immediate future that will likely include the use of supply pastors, a vice-pastor and an interim pastor. A call committee to find our next permanent pastor will be announced at a later date. The congregation will be kept informed as these transition plans are developed. Inquiries regarding the upcoming transition can be emailed to Council President James Ingraham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the text of Pastor Moehring’s letter to the Congregation:
A Message From Pastor Moehring
For The Disciples of Christ Lutheran Church
March 13, 2017
Dear Christ’s Disciples,
We have shared mission and ministry together now for over 28 years. It was to this church home that Donna, Tim, Christian, and I came with faith and hope for a full ministry with you. Since then we have laughed and cried together, hugged and learned together, gained and lost together, prayed and rolled up our sleeves together. I have officiated at marriages, baptized, confirmed, preached, taught, celebrated Holy Communion, planned and implemented ministries with you, and sat at the beds of those sick and dying, and grieved with you over our loss of many precious loved ones. We have been partners of so much together.
Now we have come to a wonderful place that is often called transition but is more like a transformation unlike I have seen before. Our vision statement, “We Reveal God’s Love,” began with prayer, was defined in the midst of prayer, and still lives in your continued prayers as Christ’s disciples. This has always been a welcoming and compassionate place; now an earnest commitment that seeks to reach into the needs of this community to bring God’s love and the presence of Christ has risen to another level. I am privileged to see it and am convinced that this is the Christ Church of the future here in Lakeside. We have come into God’s mission for us; we are growing up to be about discipleship-making not self-satisfying and pew-filling; we are coming to the time when we no longer say, “We cannot,” but instead, “By the grace of God, we can.” I am excited about Christ’s future in this place because of this.
As Christ Church transitions and transforms, Donna and I have the opportunity to do the same. We have come to our time to transition into new avenues of ministry and new ways of revealing our own faith and God’s love. So I tender the resignation of my call as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, effective April 30, 2017. My last Sunday with you will be Easter Day, April 16.
I am confident that a strong leadership team is in place. You have a dedicated president in Jim Ingraham and vice-president in Jim Schnellenberger, and a strong council. They all are willing, able and committed to God’s mission in and through Christ Church. These people will guide you well. And I am confident that each of you as disciples of Jesus will continue to attend worship, take part in your faith formation, contribute generously and renew your efforts for the sake of the gospel and for the benefit of our community. I am confident that the Holy Spirit is at work here and will remain here.
After April 16 I will no longer actively serve as your pastor. That means I will not baptize, marry, bury, lead worship nor do pastoral visits with disciples at Christ Church. But be assured, when we meet on the street I will greet you in friendship and as a fellow member of the Body of Christ.
What the future holds we do not know, only that God holds our future. With trust in a gracious and loving God, I commend you, disciples at Christ Church, to our Lord. Donna and I thank you for your partnership these many years.
In Nomine Jesu,