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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Time...

Here is an article about my move in the Johnson City Press.

After spending more than nine years at the helm of an Elizabethton church and more than two years hosting a weekly radio program, the Rev. John Shuck said it is time for him to sign off. 
On Oct. 13, Shuck sent an email to his congregation announcing that he and his wife, Beverly, would be leaving the area by the end of 2014.  Read More

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Transitions

October 13, 2014

Dear Friends,

This letter is hard to write. After nine years of ministry with you, it is time for a transition. Beverly and I will be moving at the end of December. Our last service with you will be the Christmas Eve service. I am in the process of accepting another call. When that is finalized in a couple of weeks I will let you know where. Our house goes on the market this week.

This congregation has touched our hearts. It was a place of healing when I arrived and a place of comfort after losing our son, Zachary. It has been a place of freedom and hope. This congregation has enabled me to grow as a preacher and pastor. I have been the envy of many of my colleagues because this congregation has allowed and encouraged me to be honest from the pulpit, on the radio, in my blog, and wherever else. First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton is a beacon and an oasis. I am honored to have been able to serve with you.

This time between now and the end of the year will be a time of tearful goodbyes and a time to celebrate what we have accomplished together. We have accomplished much.

I know there will be many questions regarding next steps. The presbytery will guide you and I will do everything I can to make this transition as smooth and gracious as possible.

Thank you for your ministry to us.

Blessed Be,

John Shuck