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Amy Denney
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Paul's parting words

Yes, we can! God's faithfulness strengthens us

As I announced the weekend of August 19 and 20, I would like to continue as Interim Pastor until a regularly called pastor comes to Peace; however, my diabetes has shown a 10% increase in my A1C. I had maintained an A1C of 6.1 for 21⁄2 years prior to fall of 2016. At my last appointment my medical doctor said that I should try to bring my A1C back down by maintaining a regular schedule of eating (six small meals per day), daily exercise, and of sleep. If I don’t bring down the A1C by October, we’ll have to increase medication. My doctor also says that diabetes is a progressive disease; we can slow it down but not stop it.

My current Interim Pastor Agreement ends August 31, therefore, it is a good time for me to focus on my health. Workaholic that I am, I just can’t maintain the regular daily schedule to deal with the diabetes and do the pastoral ministry that I see can be done here.

Secondly, my family – wife, children, grandchildren, even nieces and nephews – are urging me to retire again. Ann has been very gracious, as always, about my pursuit of my pastoral calling, but as she sees my exhaustion, she too says it’s time.

For many years, a number of people have said to me that I must write a book of my stories. I began to work on it during the first ten months that I was retired. I have a collection of original stories about the grace of God. Authors of published works have advised me to work on the book on a regular schedule three or four
mornings a week. This, too, seems to me to be a calling from God.

Finally, for Peace Lutheran Church, I encourage all of you together to live up to your full name: Peace. Lutheran. Church.

The faithfulness of God will empower you to do it as the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome nearly 2,000 years ago, so I write to you now:

4 Romans 12:4-8 NRSV 5
For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function,so we,
who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts
that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering;
the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence;
the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Pastor Paul 

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