As many of you know, because of our newsletter and other media, there has been a change in our church staff. I want to respond with a personal word to our church family.
Marshall McLuhan has stepped aside from the position of Worship Pastor here at GracePoint Church.
Church staff transitions and departures are always difficult, and we’ve received a number of questions following the initial announcement. So let me publically respond and assure you that this departure was a mutually-agreed upon decision by Marshall and the leaders of our church family, based on mutual prayers for God’s best both for Marshall and for us as a church.
We, as a church, will always have an ongoing and deep appreciation for Marshall, for his genuine friendliness, compassion, his great voice, his heart, and many other personal abilities and gifts that he used to lead us.
Let me quote from Marshall’s resignation letter to the Elders: “We are so grateful for our time here and the love and generosity we have been shown by this church family. As is normal in life and ministry, there have been challenges that we've faced as a family over these last few years, but the Lord has carried us through, taught us and grown us, and we are thankful. It has been very difficult these last years being so far away from our loved ones in Arizona, especially considering the loss of our father, and also placing our mother in an assisted living home. There has been a mutual understanding that at some point in time God might have other ideas for us, and that time has arrived. We understand that this strange season in our world has changed all of our lives. Change can be hard, and as GracePoint navigates this time of change as well, we will be praying for the Lord’s richest blessings over this church. Let it be shared that we love the GracePoint family.”
The church leadership has made plans to be generous and understanding, with resources and health benefits for Marshall and his family as they make this transition. We invite you all to be prayerfully supportive of him as he arranges this departure, as well as for the church, as we all seek God’s leading. Everyone is encouraged to affirm him and his family with notes or cards as they feel led.
Marshall and his family will be with us next Sunday morning, August 23rd to share a brief word so we can pray for God’s grace as we all go through this transition. Additionally, we are announcing on the evening of August 23rd, there will be a “car parade farewell” for anyone who wants to drive past their home at 510 Black Oak Drive in Lodi between 6 and 7pm and offer words of affirmation and expressions of love. In this season of COVID-19 restrictions, this seems to be the best way to offer that kind of encouragement!
We have asked David McGladdery to step in as a part-time interim worship leader as we walk through this transition. We are grateful for his willingness to do so.
You are encouraged to be supportively prayerful for both the McLuhan family and the GracePoint Church family as we all navigate this change for the glory of God.
From a Shepherd’s Heart,
Pastor Perry Kallis