A Note From the Pastor
This past year the Rev. Al Jorgensen of the First Presbyterian Church of Foley, Minnesota retired. He spent his entire career at one church.
Although I served another church for seven years before I was called to Redwood Falls I deeply feel this will be the church I serve until I retire. I have never thought of leaving. I love the church. I love the people. I love the community. I love the small town atmosphere. I think it is a great place to raise a family. I strongly feel God is calling me to serve here.
I have found it to be great honor and privilege to be part of your lives from worship services, births, baptisms, weddings, home visits, hospital visits, counseling sessions, office visits, nursing home visits, confirmation, Youth Faith and Action, mission trips, mission projects, committee meetings, Session, Bible Studies, youth programs, youth events, deaths, funerals and everything else that I have failed to mention. Through laughter and tears I have seen God working through this congregation and growing and expanding people’s hearts and minds as their foundation in Christ grows stronger.
We have been so comfortable financially at this church since 2004 when we became a tithing church and started giving away ten percent of every offering. The money counters said they had never seen the offerings come in like they had before. Money came in above and beyond what was needed for the expenses so it was put into savings. Last year we saw a big change when we started to rely heavily upon this savings. About half our income was coming from five members and four of them I am told went to their eternal homes or moved. Also the economy has not been good for the agricultural industry.
I see so much life in this church. When all the kids come up for the children’s sermon and when eleven kids are in the confirmation class, the church is alive. When the choir is bursting full of people, the church is alive. When you see all the ecumenical quilters working away on Wednesday mornings, the church is alive. When you hear the gratitude from those who receive food from Ruby’s or a Friendship Dinner, the church is alive. When a person attending a funeral out of the blue gives you $85,000 to remodel your kitchen, the church is alive. When your reputation in the community is “you are the church that helps people,” the church is alive. God isn’t finished with us yet.
We may be facing a tough bump in the road right now but all of us have to dig deeper and give more to keep this church going. Biblical principles teach us to give to God first. When we wait to see what is leftover after paying for everything else there probably will not be anything left to give.
I pray that we all put our trust in God, be willing to give out of our gratitude and see what wonderful things this church can do in the future. May God bless you, your family and may all your dreams come!
In Christ’s love, Pastor Scott