Dear congregants and council members of English Lutheran Church,
I write to you with plans of change and anticipation as this year of 2020 comes to a
close, and as a new church year approaches.
As of October 5th , my wife received a job offer to work at the University of Wisconsin-
Madison. While we are excited for the future, we must relocate to accommodate this position,
and I must step down as Music Director at English Lutheran Church effective October 31st . I will
continue leading online worship music until a new music director is found. I hope you will
continue joining me in music ministry, even if from a distance. The church’s COVID task force
has been diligent and committed to providing a meaningful, creative, and safe environment for
all, and we will continue to do so through the rest of this year.
Despite this change in leadership, I would like to offer calls for volunteers and musicians
to take part in two music ministry projects for our upcoming Advent season: an “Electronic
Christmas Program” and a “Carol Call-in.” Both projects involve a little bit of time working with
basic technology, through a smartphone or personal computer that you own, which I will help
lead and troubleshoot with you. Please write to me to express your interest in joining a
Christmas program or to record yourself singing your favorite Christmas tunes! These will be
recorded, engineered, and distributed throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons, and I look
forward to working these last two projects with you all!
This past year with English Lutheran Church has been a special one, and I am thankful
that I have been able to make music and sing God’s praises with you all. Even despite a
pandemic affecting all our lives in some way or another, I feel sure in the certain hope that,
until we can meet and sing and smile and fellowship together again, we have God’s Presence
and Grace to guide us safely and guide us well. From 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21, “Do not treat
prophecies with contempt, but test them all; hold fast to that which is good; render to no one
evil for evil.” As my confirmation pastor always said, “Remember the ‘good’ bit.” From such a
verse as this, I will remember all the good of English Lutheran Church, and I will cherish this
year of music and ministry with you all.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard.” -Winnie the Pooh