It is always hard to say good bye. I have enjoyed the last three years that I have spent with you. I have gotten to know you. You have shared your sorrows and joys with me, allowing me to be present with you in those times. You have welcomed me, encouraged me, and been there for me.
I will never forget the time I've spent with you. While I am excited about what the future holds for me, I am sad to be leaving all of you. It is never easy to leave a place where you love the people you have come to know. I will remember you always.
When I leave, I will no longer be your pastor. Pastor Jon is coming and he will be your new pastor. He is the one that you need to turn to for pastoral care, not me. I will not be coming back to officiate funerals or weddings. I may come back to offer my condolences or congratulations, but I will not come back as pastor.
I thank you for all that you have done for me while I have been here. You have been gracious to me in all things. I will always remember every one of you.