The following is copy of the letter sent to congregation members the week of Aug. 24, 2015.
Aug. 24, 2015
Dear Christ the King members and staff,
It is with mixed emotions I announce the resignation of my call as your Children, Youth, and Family Pastor, effective Sept. 30, 2015. My last Sunday with you will be Sept. 27. This decision comes after great prayer and discernment.
I have been extended a call to be the Pastor of Family Faith Formation atChrist Lutheran Church, Marine on St. Croix, MN. This congregation is the church I grew up in, and though I never imagined I would return there to serve as a pastor, God works in surprising ways. I wholeheartedly believe that God is calling me to Christ Lutheran, not from Christ the King. I am not being pushed away; I am being pulled by the Spirit towards something new.
I am blessed to have served my first call with you. Together, we have joined to gather, grow, and give in Christ’s name. What a joy it has been! From the moment we met, and for many moments since, I have felt the Holy Spirit’s presence guiding, leading, and moving us. For five years, you have partnered in ministry with me, welcomed me into your lives and homes, shared joy and sorrow, and helped me answer God’s call to our congregation on Seventh Street NW and beyond. I give special thanks to our children, youth, and families who have brought life to me and to our community.
I strongly believe in the ministry at Christ the King. Your pastors, staff, council, and other congregational leaders are dedicated to this community as they live and lead the body of Christ. The traditions of quality worship, children, youth, and family ministry, pastoral care, outreach, and mission remain. Please continue to be kind and supportive to these leaders, as you have done so well in the past.
You are in good hands—God’s hands—and I trust that God will continue to do amazing things in you, through you, and with you.
I hope to be able to share with you in the next month how important you are. Thank you for welcoming me and Derek and treating us like family. We are forever grateful.
With abundant thanks,
Pastor Hannah Bartos