Goodbye to our dear brothers and sisters at Immanuel’s Reformed Church

Tomorrow my family and I are leaving Oregon, flying back via Denver, Colorado to our home in Georgia. We’ve spent 11 of the past 14 weeks away from home, and needless to say my children are ready to be back in a state of what President Warren Harding called “normalcy.”

But we are sad to leave Salem, OR, and especially sad to say goodbye to the good and generous people of Immanuel’s Reformed Church, where I’ve served as pulpit supply for the past seven Sundays. We have learned a lot from these brothers and sisters in Christ, and we are so grateful to them for their warm welcome and their tremendous hospitality. Although it’s hard to imagine for such a short period of time, they’ve made this place seem quite a bit like home. The Lord is at work in this church, molding his body of believers into the image of Jesus.

May the Lord bless you and keep you; May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.




About Matthew J. Tuininga

Matthew J. Tuininga is the Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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