Joel and his family are headed to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Overland Park, KS, where he will serve as full-time mission developer at the congregation's second campus. His farewell weekends at Messiah are Sunday, August 4 at Messiah North, and Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11 at the Hazel Dell campus.
Joel's move to Kansas is an exciting opportunity, and a great fit for his passion and gifts for ministry. Please keep him and his whole family in your prayers as they prepare to transition from Messiah to Holy Cross.
Pastoral intern Joel Hinck will preach his final sermons at Messiah North on Sunday, August 4, and at the Hazel Dell campus on Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11. During the August 11 service, we will give special thanks for his internship year at Messiah. There will be receptions in his honor following Sunday services to provide the opportunity for everyone to express their personal thanks to Joel.
It is customary for congregations hosting pastoral interns to offer an opportunity to give a special monetary gift to their interns as they conclude their tenure. You may contribute online by going to Messiah's online giving portal. After entering the amount of your gift, use the Select a fund pull-down menu to select "Special Offering" (it's the third choice from the top of the list), type "Joel" into the optional memo field, and then click the blue "Continue" button.
Your online gift will be recorded on your annual giving statement and combined with others' contributions in a single check from the congregation.
There will also be a card basket available for non-tax-deductible gifts direct to Joel in the at both campuses.
As we say our goodbyes, we will also look forward to the coming of Messiah's next seminary intern from Luther Seminary, Taran Denning, and his wife Curyn.
Thank you for all the ways you serve to support, nurture, and encourage the next generation of pastors for the church.
Yours in Christ, Prs. Peter and Kathleen Braafladt