As you receive this newsletter, I will be ready to start my two month sabbatical.THANK YOU for the opportunity for this time of rest and renewal.I will be at the Synod Assembly on June 1, but then will be off to a grandson’s wedding, visits to my folks, and a comfy chair to read a stack of books.

As I prepare to be gone for this time, I go knowing that the life and ministry of Grace Lutheran will continue well.Pastor Woody Clauson and Robin Hofkamp will provide excellent pastoral ministry.We have an extremely strong and gifted staff who will continue to provide health ministry, youth ministry, children and family ministry, worship andmusic ministry and all that happens during the summer.We have strong congregational leaders and we have all of you — the members of Grace Lutheran — who will continue to serve God through the church and in the community so that the good news of God’s grace in Jesus Christ is shared.

I hope in the more relaxed pace of the summer months that you, too, find time to rest and renew that you might have energy for your work and ministry.Whether that is camping, taking a vacation, or just sitting in your yard enjoying the warmer weather on these summer evenings, I hope you soak up the beauty of God’s creation and find renewed strength for all that God has given you to do.

I will be praying for Grace and all of you.May God bless you in these coming months. I look forward to telling you about my time away when I return.

Peace and Grace!

Pastor Siri Sorenson