The following is the text of the letter I am mailing out to our congregation today.  Some big news to share…

June 20, 2007 

Dear LCC Family, 

Hello!  I hope your summer is off to a great start.  I hope you and your family have a chance to take a summer vacation.  It’s so important to get away from the busyness of Northern Virginia life. 

I am writing to share with you some news that is both exciting and sad at the same time.  Scott Stem, our Student Pastor, has accepted a position at Sycamore Creek Church in Ohio.  He, Andrea and Addison will be leaving us probably sometime in August.  Scott has done a tremendous job over the past 4 years in both part-time and full-time roles at LCC.  It is sad because we are losing someone we love who has been a huge part of our church in our early years…but it is exciting because of the opportunity that God has opened up for Scott and his family.   

Sycamore Creek is located just outside of Columbus, Ohio.  The church is very similar in style to LCC and they are averaging close to 500 people in attendance.  This new position will allow Scott to focus about 90% of his time and energy on teenagers which is his primary passion.  This is a great step for Scott in his ministry career and he has my full support and blessing.  I am proud of what God has done and is doing in his life.  I look forward to hearing great reports of how God uses him at SCC. 

When we are able to confirm exactly when the Stems will be moving, we will have a farewell for them on their last Sunday with us.  Stay tuned for that information.  In the meantime, be praying for them in this transition and for the sale of their home here. 

You may be wondering what this means for LCC.  I am working with the Pastoral Advisory Team concerning the covering of Scott’s responsibilities.  Our current plan is to hire 2 part time individuals: a Youth Director and a Children’s Director.   Josh and I will divide up Scott’s miscellaneous duties and I will directly work with the life groups until we have a volunteer for that position.  Please pray that God leads us to the right people for these positions.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.  

God bless,   

Steve Markle, Lead Pastor