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This will be my last newsletter article. Nancy and I would like to thank the people of American Lutheran for your warm welcome, support and encouragement while I have served as your interim pastor these past 9 months. I have enjoyed serving this congregation and getting to know many of you.

I know many of you were concerned about what would happen after Pastor Rokke left. But I hope you have seen how God has continued to be faithful and has kept the ministry of American going, not only through an interim pastor but through the people of this church. Because it really is the people of God that is the church. Pastors are called to lead and to provide Word and Sacrament ministry. But there is so much else that the church (the community of God’s people) does. You have had fine leadership in the council and a very capable call committee. I would like to thank all of them for their hard work. They have put in many hours. I also thank Jen, Jeff & Cheryl, and LuAnn for their partnership in our working together. And I appreciate all who come to worship and contribute to the church and all the people who do so many things “behind the scenes”.

June 4th will be my last Sunday here at American. I think it is appropriate that that is also the Day of Pentecost – when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and empowered them to be witnesses to the good news of Jesus. They not only proclaimed the good news they began serving those in need. The Holy Spirit will continue to “blow” through the church as you share the good news through word and deed and serve those in need.

You also have voted to call Nathan Clements as your next pastor. I have met him and I think he will serve as a fine and faithful pastor. I ask that you pray for him and his wife, Emily as well as the church. It is not always easy being a pastor. I know that there are challenges that face this church as there are in all churches. But God has a purpose for American Lutheran. God is already at work in this community and the world and you will continue to discover how this church can be part of that.

As many of you know I have received a call to be the pastor of a newly formed two-point parish: St. James Trinity in Fall Creek and English Lutheran of Bateman. They are near Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI. We are looking forward to being closer to our kids, granddaughter and some of Nancy’s family. I think the timing of these two calls is also a sign of the Spirit’s work.

I need to let you know that after June 4th I can no longer be available for pastoral services. Pastor Mike Ashman from Zion Lutheran in Jubilee is available if needed for pastoral care. Mike Bistline, your president will be lining up supply pastors to cover on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Thank you again for your partnership in ministry. I think God has good things in store for American Lutheran Church.

In Christ,

Pastor Rick Biedermann


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