A Letter To the People Of Luther Memorial Church

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People Of LMC,

As Pastor Tim’s news continues to sink in, as we all process a wide variety of emotions, each in our own way, we begin to look forward to what comes next. The commitment to LMC’s mission and the programs that define us as a congregation remains the same. The capital campaign continues to gain momentum and the goals and aspirations of the campaign remain unchanged. Construction on the kitchen begins soon. LMC ministries and community outreach remain strong and continue to grow over time. And, yes, we will begin looking for a new pastor.

For many of us, Pastor Tim was our introduction to the LMC community. When searching for a church community to call home, he was a part of what drew us here. We have been engaged by his sermons, and enjoyed his humor and wit. We are sad to lose this connection to what drew us to this community.

For others of us who were members before his arrival, Pastor Tim continued leading the congregation down a path of growth and renewal that was in its infancy. We were encouraged by his enthusiasm and vision for what LMC could be, what we could achieve together. We are sad to lose his leadership and encouragement.

This is not an easy time for us. It may get harder before it gets easier, but we are strong. We have proven this time and again and for generations before us. There is no reason to believe that this time will be any different. It is who we are. It is what we do.

We are grateful to Pastor Tim for his leadership over the past six years, for continuing the growth of our community and aiding us as we develop an identity that moves beyond “the corner of Wilson and Campbell in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago” to one that rejoices in the love of God shown through Christ in engaging worship, reforms ourselves and the world around us, responds to our neighbor through service and advocacy, and renews our faith and supports others on their faith journey.

The Pastor Tim-sized hole in our hearts will get smaller over time. As it does we will realize again what we really already know. This church, this community is more than one man. It is you. It is us. We will lean on each other as we always have. We will dry each other’s tears and lift each other up. We will heal. We will overcome this difficult time as we have before and surely will again. We will rise up stronger than before and we will meet every challenge we face with God on our side.

Pray, People Of LMC. Pray for guidance and strength. Pray for Pastor Tim and his family. Pray for each other.

Yours in Christ,

The LMC Council