Dear Suamico UMC members and friends,
I would like to thank you for inviting me to be your pastor. I also want to thank Pastor Eric for his five years of service to Suamico congregation. In addition, I thank Pastor Randy for his interim ministry which has been a safe, sturdy and graceful bridge over the gap of pastoral transition.
As your new pastor, I will serve you with respect and kindness so that you may have a healthy and happy church life. I would like to learn what your concerns and wishes are for Suamico Church. I will listen and learn from you.
I know that you all love your church. Suamico congregation has overcome many obstacles and challenges over the past 130 years and is still standing strong. Now we have an exciting and yet challenging task of building a new sanctuary. I pray that we may work together as a unified church to make our dream come true.
As St. Augustine said, “Without God, we cannot; Without us, God will not.” We need God for vision and spirit. God wants us for cooperation and collaboration. I believe that “If we do our best, God will do the rest.”
I pray that God may bless Suamico congregation as we embark on a new journey together as a team, loving God and loving people. “For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.” - Dag Hammarskjöld
Your servant in Christ, Pastor Jerry