Pastor Gregg Kohlhepp — cell 814-404-0701– ph 814- 857-2987 — email@example.com
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Musician Don Henley opens his hit song, The Heart of the Matter, with “I got the call today, that I didn’t want to hear. But I knew that it would come.” I have recently learned that it can hit one harder than one might expect.
Last week, I received a phone call from the State College District Superintendent Rev. Brenda Leigey. In our conversation, she informed me that, after much prayerful consideration, I am moving on from Woodland, from my wonderful times with you, and I am being appointed by the Susquehanna Conference cabinet to serve the Park Forest Village UMC in State College, effective July 1. Being called into the United Methodist system, I serve with the full understanding of the uncertain workings and challenges of the appointment system. However, that understanding does not make this news any easier for me and my family, or for you in the Woodland Parish.
Standing here before you, Nicole and I have been overwhelmingly blessed by your love and your care and your faith for the past three years. You have been lovingly patient with breaking in a new minister, with its share of valleys and mountaintops. You have been lovingly attentive with supporting Nicole in motherhood and in her career with the school district. You have lovingly raised Alayna, from a rambunctious toddler sparking in your presence to a growing young lady who still adores Jesus and unicorns. And, you have lovingly welcomed Alexander into our family and yours, to the point that his adventures cannot be fully stopped but hopefully contained.
The heart of the matter – is that you will all be greatly missed. As children of God, our walk of faith has been strengthened alongside you, bringing us closer to God and into the work of Jesus Christ. It is with heartfelt appreciation that we will forever hold onto you – feeling cared for, maybe more than we have cared; feeling blessed, maybe more than we have blessed; and feeling loved, maybe more than we have loved.
With the transitions ahead for us all, we are all called to listen to the Good Shepherd, to be comforted and cared for, to be loved and protected. May with live and serve with the assurance that, as we move forward, we hold tightly to serving the Lord and serving others as part of God’s call for all of us. For it is with such faith, that Nicole, Alayna, Alex, and myself will continue to lift you in our prayers, for this time of change and for your future work as Christ’s chosen disciples.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Love and Peace be with you,
Pastor Gregg Kohlhepp