Letter from Pastor Matt:
Dear Church Family,
Thank you all for the love and encouragement that you have shared with me over the last couple of weeks. Thank you also for your continued prayers for Joy’s health. These have meant more to me than I can express. MPC is indeed a very special community for which I will always be grateful.
If you missed church on Sunday April 18th, Joy and I shared with the church that the Mayo Clinic gave us the same recommendation that the Baptist Health doctors gave us last fall: we need to move out of Florida for Joy’s health. She has a very severe persistent form of allergic asthma. We tried all sorts of treatments over the last 10 months and nothing has worked. Well, nothing except leaving Florida. Every time she has left to visit family, she is totally healthy within 24-48 hours. It is amazing to see the difference. I love my wife and want her to be well. So I need to wind down my time as your pastor. You can watch the video of us sharing with the congregation on the church website or by clicking here: 4.18.21 service. The elders and pastors and so many of you gathered on the stage to pray for us, which was a huge blessing for me. Thank you.
I will continue to serve through the month of May and will do everything I possibly can to set up MPC for success in the future. We already have a search team up and running to hire a transitional pastor and session will be working to form a search team for a new senior pastor. We have a plan in place for preaching involving a mix of our wonderful associate pastors and several guest preachers until the transitional pastor arrives. We’ve put together a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) sheet regarding transition plans.
You can find the FAQ here.
Friends, we had hoped and prayed together for a different result to this health challenge. It is okay to feel frustrated and sad and mad or whatever else you may feel about it. I certainly feel all of those emotions. I wish I didn’t have to go. Yet, I choose to trust that God has a wonderful plan in mind for my life and for the life of MPC. I am deeply grateful for the couple of years I got to walk beside you as we follow Jesus together. I shared with you after our announcement how I believe God is good when life feels bad. First, I look back at the cross to see that Christ suffers with me. Second, I look around for the Holy Spirit, and I have seen God’s provision, particularly in the form of a candidating invite that has come out of the blue from an ECO church in California. It is not official yet. I’ll be heading out this weekend to meet with them and preach and see if they vote to call me as their next senior pastor. It does seem to us to be the gracious hand of the Spirit showing up in the midst of our strife. Finally, I shared that I look ahead to the Kingdom. One day the Kingdom of God will be here in its fullness and there will be no more goodbyes, no more asthma, no more tears, and we will all live in the same city again, the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21). The Cross, the Spirit, and the Kingdom help me to love and trust God’s goodness even when I feel the sting of disappointments in this world. God is good, all the time.
Grateful for you all, Matt Robbins
Philippians 4: 4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.