Greetings Friends and Members of First Congregational:

As one of your church moderators, I send you this in conjunction with the notice which you have, or soon will receive from our senior pastor.

Pastor Craig Jan-McMahon was called to us at a critical time in our church’s history and development.  His contributions are many and he leaves us in a far better place than he found us, or we found ourselves.  In addition, he provided the stability, vision and leadership to guide us at a chapter in the life of the church where these components were so essential and needed.  Of equal importance, Pastor Craig gave the church credibility which will now be critical to our search and selection of our new called pastor.

Life is filled with changes as we proceed through its journey.  Pastor Craig now has grandchildren and he understandably wants to share in their lives.  This involvement will require being closer to home and closing this chapter in his position at our church.  When Pastor Craig was called to serve at the Windsor UCC church near his residence in Madison, Wisconsin, he saw this as an opportunity to continue to serve and to follow his mission while participating in the lives of his family.

Please join me in thanking Pastor Craig for his service and dedication to our congregation by supporting the move and wishing him well.  It would be nice to throw a farewell party but those arrangements remain uncertain at this time.

May we now share with him the love and peace Pastor Craig has continually bestowed upon us.

C. Wesley Llewellyn
First Congregational UCC Moline

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