Pastor Paul Thwaite to retire after 11 years of ministry with OLCC,P
"By now you received the letter mailed to the congregation earlier this week announcing my pending retirement as of December 31st. I know it came as a surprise to many of you. As I shared in that letter, this was a decision Jan and I prayed over and wrestled with during the past 12-18 months.
I began some form of church ministry in 1978 immediately following my graduation from Gordon College. I have continued since then, during my years at Fuller Seminary as well, to be involved in some type of full or part-time church or pastoral ministry with only one 3 month sabbatical break in 2016 (Thank you, OLCC,P!). So after 42 years, it is time for a new season in life and new adventures which God has in store. Following my ordination in 1984 I have served 5 different congregations beginning and ending in Michigan (Grand Rapids first and Orchard Lake last) with stints in Pennsylvania (Grove City, Oil City, and Pleasant Hills) in the middle of the Michigan ministry sandwich.
Each place has provided unique blessings, challenges, memories, and friendships. Jan and I have been blessed to be loved, supported, and encouraged through the seasons of our marriage and family life by wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ in each place. My deepest thanks to my wonderful, amazing, and faithful wife who has shared in it all – the countless evenings out, weekends unlike anyone else, seeing my ups and downs, joys and discouragements, all the while adding her own unique gifts of love and caring in the lives of so many through the years! We complete our ministry in Orchard Lake with the same sense of gratitude, humility, and appreciation for the opportunity to be in partnership with you all for the Gospel. Thanks to each one of you for your encouragement, prayers, patience with my various idiosyncrasies, and the privilege of sharing times of joy and challenge in your lives over the past 11 years! We leave with both joy and sadness as we move into this new season in our journey!"
Donations for a parting gift may also be made by:
1) Online by clicking the Giving tab then the "Give Online" button. When selecting the Fund in the drop down select "Pastor Paul Thwaite Retirement Fund"
2) Mail your cards and /or gifts to the church:
Orchard Lake Community Church
ATT: Paul Thwaite
5171 Commerce Rd
Orchard Lake, Michigan 48324
Drive-By Goodbye, Saturday, December 12
Thank you to the hundreds of friends who came by to wish Pastor Paul and Jan best wishes as they enter their retirement from full-time ministry -- gloomy weather was no match for the love showered upon them.