​​​​HOLY SPIRIT LUTHERAN CHURCH​​
1220 BAYSHORE ROAD​, VILLAS, NJ 08251
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Pastor Leah’s Farewell to the Congregation
Sunday, June 5th, 2022

About 15 years ago, Pastor Saxe was here as your Pastor, but was ready to retire.
As it happened I was looking for a congregation.

You called me as your Pastor.
It has been a good and interesting time.

We have worked together, worried together, struggled together.
We have also loved, and helped each other.

During that time, I loved you – I loved all of you – I loved each one of you.
I cared about you, I prayed for you.
I have missed all those who have moved to another congregation or area.
I still miss all those who have gone before us.

I have enjoyed being your Pastor.
However, the time has come for me to retire.
And so, after worship next Sunday, I will no longer be your Pastor.
It has become too difficult for me to do everything well.

I will still love you, and care about you.
We can remain friends.
And you will begin the search for another pastor.
God will continue to lead and guide us.

Thank you for all the time and help you have provided.
Thank you for everything, thank you for being here.

With all my love and gratitude,

Pastor Leah Lavelle











It is of Note That
The Thanksgiving at the Conclusion of a Call order was set within the service of

Holy Communion on the final Sunday of Pastor Leah’s service under call in our congregation on Sunday, June 12th, 2022. The order was led by various

representatives of the Church Council and Congregation.