Vandalia United Methodist Church

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From the Pastor's Lounger

Coming to a Fork in the Road

You may remember the sermon where I described my family’s journey through Springdale Cemetery in Peoria to find the graves of my grandmother’s parents. Dad was not a patient man; but with his mother in the back seat, I saw him display an amazing amount of constraint over his temper. Every time we came to a fork in the road, he would ask grandma which direction to go, and she would respond, “Go straight.” This happened numerous times as we wondered through the massive cemetery. Dad’s grip on the steering wheel tighten with each query. Somehow, someway, maybe only by the grace of God, and before Everett “blew,” we found the Jorgensen plot.

That experience recalls the words of the great Yogi Berra, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

After thirty-five years in the ministry, I have come to a fork in the road, and it’s time to do something else. I’m not sure what that will be, but there is still a lot to do for God’s kingdom. I believe it was District Superintendent Cindy Jones who told me six years ago I was going to the best church in which to finish out my career as a pastor, and she was right. You have been warm, loving, generous, compassionate, and patient, very patient. Words cannot express my deep appreciation for the way you have welcomed me into your congregation.

It feels good to know that Pastor Tom Goodell will be tending to your spiritual needs. He and his wife, Sherry, are wonderful people with hearts filled with love for the Lord. I am leaving you in very capable hands. I know you will care for them in the same way you have loved me.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives. May God’s love surround you and bless you in all your endeavors.


9:30 AM Worship Service
10:40 AM Sunday School

First United Methodist Church of Vandalia :: 618.283.3684