The Hamas Israel war that broke out in early October is not only a terrible tragedy for both peoples, it also disrupted my plans to return to the Albright in Jerusalem for two more months of research.
In early November, my retirement took on a new direction as I was approached about serving a pastoral vacancy at Luther Memorial in River Falls, Wisconsin.
I did supply preaching there beginning 19 November and on 27 November began a 6 month contract as vacancy pastor while the church seek to call a new lead pastor. My prime duties are preaching, teaching and encouragement.
LMC is a very active congregation with a strong outreach to their community and the campus of the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. They are also involved in supporting a mission in Costa Rica.
They are a warm community blessed with very competent leadership and staff. It is an honor for me to serve there and to be involved again in regular preaching.
My archaeological research has slowed down, but I am hopeful to get back to the Albright in 2024.