To my Friends and Family at Resurrection Lutheran Church,
It is with extremely mixed emotions that I write this letter of resignation, effective the first of June 2019. I have talked to Bishop Mark about how to go about taking my leave and it is for this reason I am giving three months for this process. This will allow time for you to think about direction and leadership for the interim and in the coming years. Bishop Mark has assured me that his office will meet with RLC before I am gone and help make this transition smooth. You are a true people of God and together the Lord will be with you.
I have served as your Pastor since February 2001 and honestly I can’t imagine doing anything else. In the eighteen years I have been here I have grown very close to the people at Resurrection and wish to have the time to say goodbye properly. This is not a job to me, you are friends and family and I do this with a heavy heart. But I will be 68 this year and I am slowing down. I have a few fish to catch and this winter I planted new fruit trees on our property in Sonora so I will have plenty to do. I truly believe this church will blossom under fresh leadership with new excitement and ideas. There is a bright future before you and Bishop Mark himself commented on this.
The seasons change and so does life. But there is one thing I want you all to know, you are a very special people, a Resurrection People and you are truly followers of Christ. I can think of nothing that describes you better than Jesus’ own words; I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35 It is this love that will carry you through this time and remember what Bill and Ted said, not to mention Jesus, taught us; “be most excellent to one another.”After my retirement it is true I will no longer be your Pastor, but know this, I will always be your friend.
Pastor Jim Bliss