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June 21, 2016

Dear members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua,

I am writing to announce my plans to retire from ministry, effective September 30, 2016.

It has been a great blessing to serve as your pastor for seven and a half years. As we have shared joys and sorrows, you have encouraged me to grow as a pastor and preacher. Thank you for your friendship and love.

Last Sunday, I celebrated my 69th birthday. John and I are ready for the next chapter in our lives. We have family health concerns, and are considering a move to the Washington, D.C. area to be near our daughter, Laura.

We still have much to share with each other. From June 26 through September 25, I will preach every Sunday morning at worship. This will enable us to speak together throughout the summer and early fall, and to say good-bye in a leisurely and personal way.

Your Session is prepared to discern God’s plan for this congregation’s next steps. I believe your leadership teams of Elders and Deacons will guide our church faithfully into the future. We will soon have a beautiful, redecorated chapel. We hope to start a shared youth group with the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua in the fall. Lehigh Presbytery leaders have promised to help you find new pastoral leadership.

I ask you to remember the words of God’s spokesman, Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11- 13)

God’s blessings to you all,

Pastor Joyce

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