Pastor Randy Mundt has been serving as Interim Senior Pastor at First Lutheran since May. His last Sunday at First Lutheran will be September 13, 2015. The following letter from Pastor Randy explains further.
Many of us have experienced a “medical emergency”. In those moments, everything changes. Our priorities shift, and we are grateful for those who assist us through whatever transitions need to occur.
Recently, I was notified by Global Mission of the ELCA about a dire need they have in east-central Europe. A serious health issue had arisen within the family of the pastor who was serving the Bratislava International Church in Slovakia. The family had to return to the US this summer for medical reasons, and will no longer be able to serve out their call there.
As there was no time to post the position and to have the necessary time to interview potential candidates, Global Mission contacted Bishop Jim and us. At first, we were reluctant to even consider leaving our two ministries here in Colorado, both of which we truly enjoy. But after further conversations, we were convinced that this is where the greater church needed us at this time.
I know that it will come to many of you as a surprise that my last Sunday with First Lutheran will be Sunday, September 13. I had so much looked forward to assisting the congregation as it went through this likely year-long process of calling the next Senior Pastor. I had just started to get to know some of you, and have enjoyed working with the wonderful staff of First. But apparently, God had other plans for us.
To help you understand why we were quickly conscripted/asked to serve, I have listed some of the numerous and diverse responsibilities of this position:
Preach and provide pastoral leadership at the Bratislava International Church (BIC).
Supervise a new Horizon international intern to that church (BIC).
Weekly teach at least eight religion classes at the Lyceum, as well as lead chapel services.
Be an English speaking chaplain, alongside a Slovak chaplain, to nearly four hundred High School aged youth.
Supervise and lend support to twelve US teachers supported by ELCA. While some are also teaching at the Lyceum in Bratislava, others are scattered throughout other smaller communities in Slovakia and southern Poland. (This will involve regular travel throughout this region).
As some of you know, we lived and ministered in this part of Europe for several years when we were in Vienna, Austria. We know the area and some of the challenges and complexities of living and navigating in this part of the world. In addition, we have taught a semester at the Lyceum (Lutheran High School), and personally know some of the Slovak staff. Because of all of these factors, we prayerfully decided that we should assist Global Mission in this time of need, and do a one-year interim in Bratislava.
Now here is where we need the help of members of First Lutheran. We need a place in Longmont where we can store all of the boxes that we had hoped to go through during this year. Along with some furniture, we need a secure area of about 10 by 30. If you or anyone you know has such space, please give me a call at church at 303.776.2800. By helping us, you will be assisting the greater church fulfill its responsibility of spreading the gospel of our Lord.
I know the synod will quickly fill my position as interim senior pastor. The Transition Task Force (TTF) can and will continue to perform their job, as they still have much work to do before a Call Committee can be formed. As the Mundt’s will hold First Lutheran and Christ the King (Gail’s church in Colorado Springs) in our prayers in the weeks ahead, we also ask that you pray for us during this strenuous time of a half-a-world-away transition.
“And may the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; and may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace”. (Numbers 6:24-26)
Again, thank you in advance for your understanding and your support!
All the best and in Christ’s service,