With a deep sense of gratitude we announce the resignation of Brenda Tibbetts, Associate in Ministry, thank her for her many years of ministry in our congregation and community, and congratulate her on the exciting new opportunity awaiting her!
Brenda has accepted a call to serve as NEMN Synod’s Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Transition, starting July 1. Bishop Tom wrote of Brenda:
“Brenda is a called and commissioned Associate in Ministry at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia, Minnesota. She has served in that call for the past 14 years, has done a fantastic job in those years in her congregation, her conference, and our synod. She had been very active with the School of Lay Ministry for years, and is a strong proponent and participant in our synod ministries and our church-wide ministries. I first got to know Brenda in the ‘90s when she and I were on the Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry Board of Directors, and I got to see up close her commitment to the gospel, her deep love for the church, and her impeccable gifts of attention to detail. I’ve watched over the years as Brenda’s ministry and faithfulness to God and this synod has continued to blossom.” (Synod Reflections, May 31, 2015)
Brenda has served at OSLC since 2001. She crafted beautiful worship services each week; led services at several area nursing homes each month; organized and taught the Faith Matters Confirmation Program; led several weekly study groups; has been active in our conference, synod, and church-wide ministries; served on the Caring Ministries Committee, Youth and Family Committee, and the Music Worship and Arts Committee; and offered pastoral care to the hundreds of people who stopped by the church and invited her into their homes and hospital rooms.
Though we are sad to be saying goodbye, we are so excited about the many ways Brenda’s gifts will be used as she walks with other congregations in our conference during times of transition and know the NEMN Synod office will be a great fit for her.
Brenda’s final worship service with us will be June 28. We also invite you to join us in celebrating Brenda’s ministry at OSLC Sunday, August 9th at 9:30 am for her installation worship service with Bishop Tom, followed by cake and fellowship.