A Message from Bishop Mark W. Holmerud
by Kathye Hamm
Thank you. As I close out my time of service as bishop for our Sierra Pacific Synod, I can only offer my thanks to you and to God for the blessings this call has offered my life and ministry. Thank you to the members of our synod staff, and to the many people who have served in leadership in our shared ministry with whom I have been blessed to serve. Thank you to the pastors, deacons and congregational leaders who have led with faith and creativity, especially in the past year plus. It has been a privilege to serve with you.
There is much more I might offer in this, my last missive to our synod in this e-newsletter, but I feel I have had much to say through the years I have served with you, and it’s time for another voice to be heard. That voice belongs to our Bishop-elect, The Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer. Please hold them and their family in prayer as they close out their ministry at Grace Lutheran in San Francisco, and begin serving as the fifth bishop of our synod on July 1st.
For the next few weeks, I will be working with Bishop-elect Megan in this time of transition. Following the end of my term on June 30th, Debbi and I will be taking time to travel and spend time with family and friends. Then, on August 16th, I will begin serving for ten months as the Interim University Pastor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. I look forward to working with the Campus Ministry staff, the staff and faculty of the University, and the students who will be starting as new students or returning to campus in the fall. It will be a blessing to be a part of this community coming together after more than a year of distance learning.
I’ll say it again – thank you. And to paraphrase the traditional sending prayer of “Godspeed and Farewell,” I will borrow from the title of the last episode of the TV Show, M*A*S*H, and leave you with this prayer — “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen.”
June 15, 2021
May 25, 2021