January 1, 2021
Jesus said this in Luke 17:10. “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
At our regular meeting in August I gave the Board of Directors notice of my intent to retire. I promised the Board I would give them a year’s notice. I can never express the gratitude in my heart to God for these past eleven years, and to the Board for entrusting to me the leadership of Loaves & Fishes. It has been wonderful beyond anything I could have imagined.
My time at Loaves & Fishes has been the best of my career. You have been great friends to Loaves & Fishes and to me.
I will retire from active ministry on August 31, 2021 after 38 years, 45 days in the Holy Ministry of Word and Sacrament including eleven years, eight months as Executive Director of Loaves and Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. and nineteen years, eight months of ministry to the Harlingen community. This position has been my longest tenure of any ministry.
I believe I will leave you a strong organization, respected and supported by our Harlingen and Raymondville communities. We have a great Board of Directors and an exceptional staff. Our staff is the envy of every other non-profit in the Valley. I am so proud of them all.
Don’t be concerned about the challenges. Loaves & Fishes will be fine. This is God’s work, not mine. You may be concerned about a transition during the pandemic. The pandemic will not last forever. I’ll still be around for a while. There is plenty of time for the board to find the right successor and provide a smooth transition.
I have three hopes for Loaves & Fishes: 1) That L&F outlasts me (and I hope to live for a long time), 2) that our transition will run smoothly without anxiety or conflict, and 3) that our community will give the new executive director the same kind of support, respect and affection as you have given to me.
I’ve always loved this little saying. “Tis one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Courage & Imagination, an unworthy servant,