Dear Francis Street First Church family, friends, and St. Joseph community leaders,

It is with a heart full of gratitude that I announce my transition from serving as your pastor at Francis Street First Church to becoming the pastor of Independence First United Methodist Church. God has called me to follow His will, and I truly believe that He has prepared me for this new chapter in my life.

Over the past almost six years, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve our Lord and the wonderful community of St. Joseph, MO, alongside each one of you. We have experienced so much together, and I am incredibly grateful for the growth and strength of our leaders at Francis Street First Church.
I am confident that they are more than capable of continuing the beautiful vision that God has given to our congregation.

As I embark on this new journey, I ask for your prayers and blessings. I also trust that you will extend the same love and support to your next pastor as you have so generously provided to me and my family.
Thank you for the cherished memories, and may God continue to bless each and every one of you.

With heartfelt gratitude, Pastor Lydia

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