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Parish Letter

 April 29th, 2020

Dear Friends, 

 The writer of Hebrews penned one of my favorite Bible passages, Hebrews 11:1 which states “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” 

 This verse was part of my parent’s lives as many years ago as they moved to a posting at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas and awaited the birth of their first child amid all the

stresses of Army life. I am told that I came into the world with energy to spare and that my grandfather once said, “Well, that’s how God made her.”  

   It is by faith and conviction of God’s plan for my life, I have lived ever since that time. Eventually, I acquired two brothers, we moved back to Minnesota and settled

into a life on the farm where I learned the value of hard work and how essential community is to a positive life. I grew and had my first school experiences in Mora, MN 

moving on to the U of MN Duluth for a teaching degree. Around that time, I met and married my husband David .We were blessed with two children, Matthew & Jennifer

Dave and I have been gifted with seven grandchildren (1 girl & 6 boys) , a love for gardening, travel & books. At that time the call to serve God in a pastoral manner became

one that I could no longer ignore I entered Luther Northwestern Seminary, graduating in 1995. During my ministry career, I have served Calvary Lutheran, Mora - been

blessed with the opportunity to visit many congregations during pulpit supply occasions and most recently, served Our Redeemer Lutheran, Pine City as Pastor and

First Lutheran, Rush City as a Children’s Ministry Coordinator. 

   As I write this note to you, members and friends of Calvary, life is a bit of a whirlwind wrapping up some projects, beginning a few interlaced with a longing to step

into the future that lies before us as pastor and congregation.

   But whatever our present circumstances are, they hint at a deeper significance - something wonderful, inspiring, and reassuring. Our lives are being drawn toward 

an ever-more-satisfying experience of God’s love for the world, even though it seems just beyond the horizon.

  I feel very blessed by your Call to be your Pastor and am humbled by the confidence you have placed in me to partner with Calvary in fulfilling its God-given mission.

I am deeply grateful for the work you have done as a congregation to pave the way into a positive future! And, most of all, Dave & I look forward to getting to know

all of you who, in ways both large and small, contribute to the rich, multi-faceted life of Calvary and the communities it serves. 


Living into God’s Grace, 

Pastor Vicki 


Don Bettcher,
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