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Message From Pastor Leon

posted Apr 24, 2018, 10:36 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 2:43 PM ]

          As you have probably already heard, Pastor Luke Schmidt has accepted the call to serve as our Senior Pastor.  Pastor Luke is currently serving at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minnesota where he lives with his wife Jess, and their two children, Kate and Will.  We give thanks to God for the guidance we have received in this past year as we have been engaged in the call process.

          Pastor Luke will be installed on Sunday, May 13.  The actual installation service will be during the 8:00 worship time, but Pastor Luke will speak at all three services.  There will be an opportunity to meet Pastor Luke and family during the coffee time between the services.  I encourage you to be here that morning to welcome Pastor Luke and family, and to be a part of this important day in the life of our congregation.

          The church council discussed with Pastor Luke and me the future of my position here.  All were in agreement that I remain at St. Paul’s and return to my previous position as Associate Pastor.  Pastor Luke and I have met and we look forward to working together.

          I thank you for the privilege of serving as your Interim Senior Pastor, and I am pleased to continue my ministry at St. Paul’s.  God has richly blessed us as a congregation at this time.  I pray that we may make the best use of those blessings and faithfully serve God by proclaiming his Word and serving our community.


On Sunday, June 10th, there will be a  celebration in honor of Helen Skutley’s retirement and 40 years of service to St. Paul’s.  More details will follow as plans are made.

 Helen’s retirement will be effective as of May 31st.  Helen started on the job in an office in the basement of the parsonage on April 15, 1978.   She knows more about this congregation than anyone, and her vast experience, knowledge, and friendly face behind the desk will be missed.  Thank you, Helen, for your many years of service, and congratulations on your retirement!


Yours in Christ,

Pastor Leon