Canyon Community Church

Goodbye for Now

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NKJV)

I knew it was going to be really hard for Kris and me to make that final drive out Bad Rock Canyon.

I was right!

As we left Coram, passed Martin City and drove through Hungry Horse, I was sporting a big-ol' lump in my throat. Words cannot describe how blessed we are to have served as Village Missionaries at Canyon Community Church. Being your pastor has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Thank you so much for your friendship, your prayers, your support, your patience and your love.  We will never forget you.

I'm writing these words from my new study in the Spokane Valley. Our move went off without a hitch ... literally. After giving the parsonage one last vacuum, we went to hook up the trailer and discovered that the movers had packed our trailer hitch.  Fortunately, Tony Rhodes came to the rescue and lent us one of his. (We'll get it back to you somehow, Tony.) Pretty much settled and unpacked, we are still searching for a new church home, but we know our Lord will eventually lead us to the proper place.  So, if you find yourself in the Spokane Valley, feel free to look us up. (Our cell phone numbers are the same, and we can finally answer Email.) 

I will always be your brother in Christ.  Kris will always be your sister in Christ. We will always consider the saints of Coram to be our dear friends.  But alas, I can no longer be your pastor. God has called another to fill that role, namely Nick Picklesimer. Kris and I have known Nick and Sarah since they were pups. :)  Yes, Coram is getting another "Machiasly-connected" couple. (We'll let them fill you in on their spiritual journey.)  We are really, REALLY excited that the Lord has called them to pick up our baton. I can't think of a better match, and I'm sure the Canyon community will absolutely fall in love with them. According to Ephesians 4:11-12, they are God's gift to you ...

... for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:12)

So, I pray that you will support and love your new pastor and his family just as you have Kris and me. While we've had to say goodbye for now, a time is coming when we will see one another again.  If not in this world, then in the world to come as we gather around God's throne glorifying our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Won't that be cool?

Soli Deo Gloria!