Dear Elmwood Family and Friends,
Solomon once said, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Eccl 3:1). I would like to thank all of you at Elmwood for the love, encouragement, and support you have shown me during this season in my life. It has been a time of growth, stretching, and refining—and you all played a significant part in it. Back when I first started at The Master’s Institute and Elmwood, I can remember one Sunday in particular where I felt I was in way over my head. Yet that morning the Lord brought several of you across my path with just the words I needed to hear. You provided a safe environment with many opportunities to help me develop skills for future ministry.
Looking back on my time here brings to mind many great memories. Here are just a few: hurtling down the hill on a sled, chatting by the campfire at Family Camp, playing with the worship team last summer, experiencing the Passover Meal, preaching on Easter, praying with and for the new Council this year, taking the youth to Acquire the Fire, and watching the “Paper Clips” video with the Seniors.
But in the end, you really outdid yourselves with the wedding shower for Emily and me. We were both completely surprised and overwhelmed by it. I thought it would be a Sunday School picnic, including getting pelted by a few water balloons—which would have been a fine way to end things. So it was quite a shock to a walk in and see you all there and find out it was for us. Emily and I would like to thank you all for being there and for your generosity to us. We will never forget it.
You are a special congregation brought together by the Lord. I look forward to hearing what Jesus will accomplish through you. Thank you again for the love you have shown me. My prayer for you echoes Jesus’ prayer for you, “that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” (John 17:23)
God bless you all!
Sincerely in Christ,
David P. Fritz
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