Thank You from Pastor Brian and the Keeper's Family
July 5, 2017
Dear Fellowship Family,
It’s hard to believe it’s been a month now since we celebrated our last Sunday with you on June 4th! We’ve thought of you often and thanked God every time you’ve come to mind.
We wanted to say “thank you” for making our last Sunday so special. We will never forget the way you encircled us at the end of the worship service and prayed God’s blessing upon our family. And the time of celebration after the worship services was so much fun and very touching. Thank you to all who were part of planning it, and to all the hands that helped prepare and serve food. We laughed so hard at “Prestigious and Lathy Bee” (did we get it right, Pastor Nate and Pastor Lindsay?). Those of you who shared some personal words blessed us tremendously. The painting by Joel Schoon-Tanis is stunning (we look at it every day!). Thank you also for including something so special for our girls (they love the necklaces). And the binder full of cards and notes and the incredibly generous love-offering…well, it’s hard to find the words to tell you what it all means to us, what you mean to us.
Thank you also for praying for us during this “in between” time, especially regarding the housing situation. We praise God that our house here in Holland has sold, and we’ve bought a house in Alton, Iowa (which is right next to Orange City, close to the bypass—very convenient for Tammy as she’ll be driving 15 minutes each day to the town of Sheldon to teach Spanish at the high school). We plan to load the U-Haul and leave Holland on Saturday, July 15. We won’t be able to take possession of our house in Alton until July 24, so we’ll be staying in the home of a family from the church for a week while they are gone for the summer. Brian’s first Sunday preaching will be July 30, and his installation service will be on August 20.
This “transition time” has been a wonderful gift to both Brian and our whole family. Brian has had time to reflect on this last chapter of ministry at Fellowship and all God has taught him, and our family has had lots of meaningful time together. While our hearts continue to grieve leaving Fellowship and Holland, we are also excited for this new chapter at Trinity. Oh yeah, and the girls wanted us to make sure and tell you that we have a puppy waiting for us in Orange City (Oh boy…here we go again!). They’ve named him “Remi” (short for “Rembrandt”).
Know how much we love you, and we will continue to hold you in our hearts and prayers. Our hope is to come back to vacation for a couple weeks each summer, so we’ll make sure to join you for worship when we’re back! And know that our house is always open to any of you who are traveling through or would like to make a trip out to northwest Iowa, where the corn grows tall and people bleed black and gold (Go Hawkeyes!).
Brian, Tammy, Emma and Abby