Celebrating 80 Years Of Ministry
To God Be The Glory
Our Music Minister, Leland Parks, leads us in uplifting praise and worship each Sunday at 10:45 AM.
Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - The Food Pantry and Clothes Closet are open to all who are in need.
My Last Devotion
People talk about their last will and testament. Well, I’m glad I don’t have to write that, but I do want to write my last devotion. For over eleven years, I have written devotions on a weekly basis to encourage the Larchmont family. In this last devotion I want to say goodbye. I also want to encourage you one last time.
I came to Larchmont when I was thirty-two years old. I was single, and this was my first church to serve as Senior Pastor. I worked on my Ph.D. the first six years of ministry here, graduating in 2011. The following year I got married to my sweet wife, Jenny, and then in 2014 and 2016 we had two beautiful children, Graham and Savannah. And I can’t forget Sweetie. I got her way back in 2007. So she’s been with me for most of my time at Larchmont. It’s too bad I can’t bring her to church to say goodbye to everyone. She will miss Larchmont too.
My experience at Larchmont has been wonderful. Sure, there have been ups and downs. That’s true of any ministry. But as I look back, I can only think of the wonderful people that have attended here and those that still do, and the way God has worked through this church. With God’s blessing and with all of us working together, the church is stronger numerically, financially, and spiritually. We never reached the numbers I thought we could reach, but through the radio program we did touch thousands of lives on a regular basis, and we baptized many.
Down through the years I have seen a lot of people leave Larchmont to receive their heavenly reward. I have no idea how many funerals I have performed, but I do know that some precious people are now in heaven and I look forward to seeing them again someday. Larchmont has a great past. Its future is also bright. There is so much ministry to do around here, and the people of this area need the Lord. I pray that God will send the right person to come in and lead the church and love the people. I trust that he will.
My primary encouragement to you as a church family is to keep your faith in Christ and to hold steady as you wait on the Lord. Pastors come and go, but Jesus remains the same. I remember soon after I became a Christian my pastor left the church I was attending. He was the minister who led me to the Lord. But I knew he was following God’s will, and I also knew that God would send us another pastor. My faith was in Jesus, not one of his servants. I missed him greatly, but I kept my eyes on Jesus. I encourage the church family to do the same. Psalm 27.14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” In due time God will send you a pastor, and he will be just the person the church needs at this time. We will miss you all greatly and will keep in touch. Thank you for allowing me to be your pastor. It has been a highlight of my life.