Dear friends,

After no small amount of prayer and discussion, today I am announcing my retirement at the end of June. I am convinced that it is time for me to begin a different season of life. After completing ten years of ministry at Immanuel, and a total of thirty-nine years as a full-time pastor, I am ready to let God show me what new opportunities he has planned for me during retirement.

Scripture tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1)”. God has made it clear to me that this is the time for my retirement. As my time at Immanuel winds down there is so much we have to thank God for and to celebrate.

I will be leaving Immanuel with so many beautiful memories. It has been my privilege to Baptize and share Holy Communion with you. Together we’ve celebrated scores of marriages and we’ve worshiped literally thousands of times. I’ve shed tears with you as we have celebrated the lives of so many saints that have gone on to heaven before us. You’ve share countless personal, private moments with me as we prayed together and sought God’s will.

My wife recently announced her retirement as a school psychologist at the end of May. As you may know, we have three children, a son-in-law, a new daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren we wish to visit a lot more often than we have in the last few years. There are many projects we have not started and places we wish to visit but with our full work schedules, so much has been put on hold. Hopefully retirement will allow us the opportunity to fully enjoy life.

We never retire from serving God. While we will move into a new season in our lives, God still calls us to grow and invest our gifts and talents in the work that he is doing in the world. I am looking forward to this new season in my life.

Thank you, Immanuel!
Pastor Tom

Author: Pastor Tom

Pastor Tom Acton

11 thoughts on “Retirement”

  1. I congratulate you on deciding to retire. It is good to consider and to choose. God has blessed you and Carol in previous calls. I am confident he will do it again. May you experience all of God’s blessings in this new journey.
    Cal Horton

  2. God bless you Pastor Tom and Carol too! May you enjoy your family as you deserve time with them. Thank you for all of your many years of service, and for all of your work here at Immanuel.

  3. May God continue to bless you and your wife in retirement and open new doors of opportunity in serving Him. Thank you for your many years of serving the Lord and being our Shepherd at Immanuel.

  4. Congratulations Pastor Tom, you’ve earned it and truly deserve it. Speaking from experience I know you will love it. God’ blessing as you were a true blessing to me.

  5. You are uniquely gifted!!! God used you in mighty ways to serve others in so many meaningful ways. Thank you for serving the Glieges with Christ’s love. Our lives have been blessed for generations because of your faithfulness. Excited to see how God uses you in this new chapter!

  6. May you and your wife be blessed with a long and happy retirement. Thank you for all your important years of
    service at Immanuel doing God’s work in all of us.

  7. A well earned retirement. Thank you for all you have done for this congregation, school, and community. You are and will always be an irreplaceable asset to Immanuel.

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