April 2 Inspiration

Dear Friends:

As Dr. Amy Acton has been reminding us at the Governor’s news conferences, “The situation is changing hour by hour.” It certainly is! One of those changes is the Harts’ retirement. In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in conversation with Ryan Johnson (President of the Corporation) and the Session, we are planning to delay our retirement as co-pastors of Liberty. Our desire is to stay on and provide continuity until a greater sense of normalcy returns to our country, our daily routines, and Liberty’s life. We very much want to walk beside you through these difficult days, even if it is virtually!

Because governmental guidance & orders are continually revised, our plan is not to set a definite “last day”. Rather, we will decide month-by-month, giving the Session and you several weeks’ notice once things stabilize. As things stand now, we assume this means we’ll be staying into the summer.

Our hope is that before our revised retirement date arrives:

  • Liberty will have celebrated three consecutive live Sunday worship services.
  • We will have a chance to visit in person our homebound members whom we can only speak to via phone right now, and to perform delayed weddings & funerals.

Once we set a retirement date, we will resume the transition process with our Bridge Pastor, the Rev. Don Hilkerbaumer, seeking a Transitional Pastor, and forward.

We cannot imagine leaving Liberty during this pandemic. May this proposal bring added stability during these uncertain times. We, with all the staff, desire to serve Liberty with great faith and faithfulness during this time.


P.S. Please update your phone number and email address with us—plus any other contact information that may have changed. This will help our staff and deacons to be in touch! Send updated contact information to [email protected]. You may also send prayer requests to this address.