It will be a short retirement, specifically July. Michael is taking the position of full-time Interim Pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Moline, IL. This church is larger than Church of Peace and has more worship services and a full-time associate. They have been looking for some time for someone to fill in when their current pastor leaves this month after a 7-year stint. A cousin of a friend of mine who is on the committee saw the article about Michael’s retirement in the newspaper and was talking about it at a baseball game with his cousin (my friend). She said, “Oh I know his wife!” And the connection was made – you can’t make this stuff up!
Michael will begin his duties at First Congregational the first weekend of August. I guess my dream of weekend getaways will have to be put on hold for awhile. We aren’t sure how long this will be – the church is looking to call a full-time pastor. But as they say, “the Lord does work in mysterious ways” and Michael has the experience they are looking for to help their church move forward. Plus it’s some extra money and that’s always nice. So keep us in your thoughts as we transition to the next chapter. He is continuing his part-time work with the non-profit group, Quad City Alliance for Immigration and Refugees (QCAIR). He will try to juggle both for awhile-we’ll see how it all goes.