I thank God for you whenever I think of you. My constant prayers for you are a real joy, for they bring back to my mind how we have worked together for the Gospel from the first. I feel sure that the one who has begun his good work in you will go on developing it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:3-4
It’s been 11 years since the moving van first arrived at the Wilcox home in Cedar Rapids. You welcomed us with open arms and made a place for us where ministry could flourish. That was quite an amazing thing, given how beloved Pastor Brian and Clint had been for 14 years before us! Your spirit of welcome and your openness to new leadership has made all the difference in the life and health of our Church. Both Gayle and I have been richly blessed to be your pastors! But we would never have had that chance without your openness to a new and different future!
Now, once again, change has come to Lovely Lane! On July 1st Gayle and I will no longer be your pastors; we’ll be your friends! Rev. Scott Meador and Rev. Jenny Seylar will be your new pastors and they will need your welcome and support to succeed—just as we did 11 years ago. Because Gayle and I don’t want to undermine that success, we will need to practice our ministry elsewhere. So you need to know that we will not return to Lovely Lane to perform weddings or funerals or any other acts of ministry among you.
That’s not because we don’t care, but because we do care about you and the ministry that will serve you, your family, and the Lovely Lane Community long into the future!
We have cherished the time that we’ve been your pastors! And we look forward to the day when we can reconnect with Lovely Lane as friends.
May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus!
Gayle & Paul Wilcox Gayle & Paul Wilcox