A Letter From Pastor Mat (4/24/21)
Dear St. Andrew’s Family,
I am writing you this day with some difficult news. Last night (4/23), Pastor Jim Toole, took his last breath here on earth and his first breath in heaven. Throughout his short and fierce battle with cancer, Jim has continued to point us to the ultimate Gospel truth that God has redeemed us and has prepared a place for us to spend all eternity with Him. So, although we might be sad and our grief is very real, we should also rejoice in the hope that we have and trust that Jim is now resting in the loving arms of our Savior!
Jim called us as a congregation in his last sermon to “keep doing what we are doing.” So, tomorrow during worship we will acknowledge our individual and cooperate grief, but we will also do what we have been called to do, and that is worship our Risen Savior, the one in whom our eternal hope rests. We will also have prayer warriors and Stephen ministers at the ready for anyone who would like some extra prayer. Over the next few weeks, these people and other grief counselors will be available for anyone in our St. Andrew’s family. If you would like to speak to someone or have questions, please feel free to contact the church office and we will point you in the right direction.
At this time, there is no date for a memorial service, but we will keep you in the loop as plans take shape. Please continue to pray for Pati, Jake, Conor, Jay (his brother), Bud, and Carolyn (Jim’s parents). Again, we thank you for respecting privacy, so if you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to the church office and we will do our best to answer them. May we trust in our eternal hope and that the Creator of the Heavens and Earth is holding on to us and will NEVER let us go.
Grace and Peace,