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Pastor's Notes - Graduation

Pastor Gary McCluskey
Pastor Gary N. McCluskey

Pastor's Notes
Gary N. McCluskey, pastor

There were a lot of thank yous at our 14th Annual Graduation Banquet.  There were a few tears as well.  There was good food, laughter, smiles, hugs, pictures, and introductions. It was pretty much like the 13 banquets that preceded this one. The faces and names were different, but the stories were similar. Beneath the backdrop of a running slide show of their photos from various LCM events each senior came forward to share their thanks and say something about their experience here as well as where they are now headed.

Sometimes it is hard to tell who is more grateful: the students or their parents. Yet those of us at the banquet who worked to put it together and who support campus ministry in many ways were grateful too. The stories touch our hearts.

Allow me to share a comment or two. "I don't think I would still have my faith had I not found this place".  "This was the best part of my college years." ( We heard that one a few times) "My best friends were made here". "Thank you".  

I say all this as thank you to you....YOU the members of University Lutheran Church, YOU, the alumni who have passed through this ministry, YOU, former members of ULC, YOU, congregations and pastors and all who in anyway support our ministry. YOU, our Grand Canyon Synod and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Ministry is a partnership and ours has many visible and invisible partners. We could not do this ministry without such partnership.  The gratitude and faith expressed May 10 is a tribute to all who are a part of ULC/LCM. And YOU can be grateful for the inspiration these young men and women give as they leave here for places like Senegal, Madison, WI, Scottsdale, Minneapolis, ASU, & Missouri. 

Campus Ministry in the ELCA is actually growing. I have no idea what the future of the church will be like. I know it will be different. I also know it will remain the Church of Christ. And I know who some of the church's future leaders will be. The church will be just fine. And YOU are a big part of helping to make that so. Thank YOU!

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