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A Note from the Pastor's Desk
Pastor Mike Mack
Senior Pastor,
Rev. Mike Mack
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Six years ago, I was in the midst of a change in appointment from a church in a rural setting that I had served for 19 years to a church in the second fastest growing county in Ohio. I grew up on a farm 6 miles south of Butler and a mile south of a little burg called North liberty in northern Knox County. I had only lived in town for 2 years of my life after I got out of high school, but I was moving to a community that is quickly becoming an affluent suburb of Columbus.  

It was culture shock for me, and I lived apart from my wife for 6 years. That move turned my life upside down and was difficult on many levels. However, this move is different because it feels a little like I’m coming home.  I am returning to a community with which I am familiar and people that are much more like me.  I can’t express how happy I am to be home with Laura, and how thankful I am to be appointed to Trinity UMC.  

            It all started with a phone call from our district superintendent several months ago, and in a few days my wife and I were meeting with the Pastor Parish Relations Committee here at Trinity. The committee agreed to give me a chance, and I was relieved to know I would continue to be gainfully employed.  All kidding aside, I feel very grateful for the opportunity to serve in the Trinity UMC ministry.

I know that I am following a much loved, capable and fruitful pastor. I also know you are grieving the loss of a wonderful pastor and a good man that I can never replace – so I won’t try.   My desire is to continue his work here at Trinity and help you reach people for Christ.  Please remember, it will take a little while for me to settle in and learn how you do things.  It is not my desire to change everything, but to simply build upon what all of my predecessors here have done.  

            I look forward to beginning my ministry at Trinity. However, I know without God’s help it would be a disaster.  The Apostle Paul’s words in I Corinthians 1-2 are very helpful as I think about beginning again in a new parish.  I hope his words in chapter 2 have been true of me at Sunbury UMC and will be true of me at Trinity UMC: 

            “When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.  (I Corinthians 1:1b-4)

            As I come to you, I resolve to know nothing while I am with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I come to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. And, my message and preaching... Well, I hope you can get used to that too:)

            As we begin to serve together, be convinced with me of two things: God is good, and God knows what he is doing.  So, let’s get to know one another, devote ourselves to Christ and begin our Kingdom work together. 

                                                                                                Blessings, Pastor Mike Mac

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