A Word from Pastor Stefan
Thank you, Pastor Linda!
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. (Col 3:15)
I am sad to see Pastor Linda leave her position as our Christian Education Pastor at Christus Victor. Our Bible verse from the letter to the Colossians reminds us to have peace and be thankful. I am thankful for Pastor Linda’s ministry here at Christus Victor. Pastor Linda started her work in the Summer of 2015 and provided strong leadership through her gift of teaching. She introduced and started The Story, an engaging read through the whole Bible. For several months, we had reading and discussion groups for all ages, and we followed a sermon series that went along with the weekly reading plan. The Story gave us all a good overview of God’s work creating this world, giving us laws and prophets for guidance, and sending us God’s Son to bring us healing and salvation.
I am thankful for Pastor Linda’s preaching and liturgical knowledge and her special gift of planning and organizing ministry events. She was a wonderful partner in ministry to me. I am thankful for her leadership with our Confirmation ministry and her supervision, organization, and guidance of all our Youth Mission Trips.
I am grateful for the many Bible study groups and adult education programs that Pastor Linda brought to Christus Victor, and for the support she gave to our Sunday School children and teachers, and for her instruction with our First Communion classes.
She developed and started a paid nursery ministry. Thanks to Pastor Linda, we now have nursery staff for all Sunday services and for special services like Lent and Dinner Church. Pastor Linda did a superb job organizing and leading the large memorial service for Scott Nelson where hundreds of people had attended at the Elk Grove Pavilion. I will miss her exceptional planning and organizational skills.
As Pastor Linda shared with us in her letter to the congregation, God is calling her in a new direction. Her ministry was a blessing to many of us and to me. I wish Pastor Linda and her family God’s peace and that she can continue to serve God with her many gifts.
I invite all of you to come to our Youth Mission Trip celebration services on August 17/18, where we can listen to a special youth jazz band (on Saturday) and where we will all have a chance to share our thankyous with Pastor Linda.
During VBS, our main slogan was, “When life changes, God is good!” I am trusting that we will all experience that.
In this time of transition, may God fill all our hearts with peace. Peace for Pastor Linda and her family and for our church.
In Peace, Pastor Stefan