PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW!

I remember writing my first article for the Tabernacle Good News for the July 1999 issue, (Volume 4, Issue 7), entitled A New Pastor Is Coming to Town. Now I am writing my last article, somehow it seems so strange to think of it that way. As I said a few weeks ago when I announced my resignation, this has not been an easy decision for Karen and I to make. I would like to include my resignation letter in my last article:

 

Dear Church Family:

It is with great sadness that I tender my resignation as pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church. This is not an easy decision. Karen and I for the last nineteen years have called Concord home, the longest time that we have lived anywhere in our married lives. Yet, for some time now, I have sensed the Lord dealing with me concerning a change in ministry. While it is never easy to leave a group of people that you love, and we do love you dear folks, God has lifted our burden for Tabernacle. He at the same time is burdening another man to come and be your new pastor. It is now your task to find that man.

This week I have accepted the call of First Baptist Church of Thermopolis, Wyoming to come as co-pastor with Pastor Harvey Seidel. Pastor Seidel would like to retire next year when he reaches twenty-five years of service to First Baptist Church. When that happens, I will become the senior pastor of the church. Karen and I have peace that this is God’s will for our lives.

I will work with the deacons and the men of this church to help set-up a pulpit committee to make the transition as smooth as possible during the next two months. We hope to be in Thermopolis by the first of September to assume our new duties. It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to be called “Pastor” by this church family. While Karen and I will no longer have the privilege of being your pastor and pastor’s wife, we will always love you and value the time we had together.

Be faithful! Our LORD could return at any moment!
 
‘til the trump
T.L. Newhouse, Acts 20:24
Pastor

 

Be assured of our prayers for you as a church as you seek to call your next pastor. As Paul told the church in Ephesus, “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them that are sanctified” (Acts 20:32). May of Lord bless you and keep you.

Pastor Tony and Karen