It is with great honor that Linda and I have been invited to be a part of your community and fellowship of the faithful. In just a few hours we were able to experience a sincere welcome, and now we are excited to experience your love and friendship as individuals and as the communion of saints who are numbered among the members and friends of this congregation. We pray that the Spirit will guide us in this endeavor as your interim pastor and shepherd, and as congregation and flock. We pray that we will make known our love for our Lord Jesus through our worship, through our prayers, through our concerns for one another, and for our love shown to each other and to those in our neighborhoods and com-munities. We are the witness of the living Lord, and so we are the presence of Jesus Christ through our deeds of grace and mercy. It is a transitional time filled with various responses and reactions, and perhaps with many doubts and questions. Yet through this time we shall trust the Lord of the Church to lead us where he desires and wills. We shall live out this love and joy of being the baptized children of God. Linda and I are grateful for this opportunity to be with you.
I am a native of Oil City, Pennsylvania, and Linda is from the Town of Newfane in Niagara County. We were married in Oc-tober of 1985, and began our marriage together in Potsdam, NY, where I served Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Potsdam, and St. Paul’s in Massena. In November 1987 I was installed as the pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ellicottville, and also Trinity in the Town of Ashford. We were there until retirement at the end of December 2013. We have six children. Michael (Mroz) lives in Jamestown, NY. Matthew and his wife, Kristie, live in Owings Mills, MD with 0ur grandson, Cam-den, who celebrated his first birthday last month. Jared (Mroz) and wife, Laura live in Rockwell Centre, NY with our three grandchildren, Owen, Ryan and Lila. Sarah lives in Niagara Falls, NY and Rachel and her husband Joe (Allison) live in Elmira with our granddaughter, Arielle, born last April. Hannah and Jim (Griffiths) live in Clarkson. We are blessed with a wonder-ful family, and we hope you get to meet them.
My first call in 1975 was as the Associate Director of Camp Pioneer, Angola, NY. Since then I served congregations in New-fane and Cheektowaga. Through the years I have been chairman of the district Youth Ministry, circuit counselor, 1st Vice-President, and chaplain for two district conventions. I have also been very active as a police chaplain for the Western NY Police Association and also for the Town of Cheektowaga PBA. I have been a guest presenter and chaplain for the Erie County Police Academy also.
Linda is a great cook and loves to bake breads. She has her own sewing room in our house that has produced some mar-velous dresses and quilts. She led a book study group in Ellicottville, and enjoys singing and playing the dulcimer. She re-tired as District Treasurer for West Valley Central School.
Now you know a little about us, and we hope we get to know much about you in the time to come. Please tell us names when we greet each other, and help us to remember them also! May this time together be both a blessing for you, and by all means for us as well. The Lord be with us.
20Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Pastor William L. Kay