November Letter

Dear Friends in Christ,

It doesn’t happen very often, but this is one of those moments when I am at a loss for words.

What I would like to do is describe my gratitude for your gracious hospitality in which you have welcomed me, Becca, and Arie into the FPCPA family. If I could, I would put words to the overwhelming joy it is to be your new pastor. I would also be able to express how thankful I am for the ministries of Pastor Ted and Pastor Wendy and their fine leadership in guiding FPCPA to this point and preparing the way for a new chapter of ministry and service. And, if I could find the words, I would describe the blessing it was to interact with the Pastor Nominating Committee during the search, and with the staff and Session since arriving just a few short weeks ago. But, for some reason the words escape me.

When I find myself in times of overwhelming emotion such as this, I find it helpful to simply give thanks to God. For surely what I am experiencing is the abundance of God’s grace as manifest in your hospitality, Ted’s and Wendy’s leadership, the PNC, the dedicated staff and Session, and the welcome we have received from others in the Port Angeles community. So, I will borrow from the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:15 and say, “Thanks be to God for the indescribable gift of the FPCPA family!”

I am looking forward to serving Christ with you in the months and years to come.

Godspeed, Matt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.