Laughs and fond memories were all around at the goodbye Open House for Pastor Randy and Stephanie Freund on May 19, 2013.
The program began grounded in the word with a devotion from Pastor Scott Grorud. Next up was a skit imagining the first seven days at the church without Randy. The skit included several appearances of a giant head playing the role of Pastor Randy, as the staff attempted to make post-Randy building adjustments and replace his musical talents. Randy and Stephanie’s children and their spouses performed a surprise song written for Randy’s transition to a new church, and Billy and Grandpa were on hand as the Faith Lutheran Puppets talked about Randy’s departure from Faith Lutheran. Church Council President Ian McDonald talked about Pastor Randy’s ministry in numbers, and the Faith Singers sang “The Benediction,” to bless the journey forward. Both Stephanie and Randy Freund offered closing remarks before Lara Liepold and Dick Nagy closed the program singing “Go with God.”
Following the program, everyone was invited to the Faith Center for fellowship and refreshments. People were invited pose for pictures and sign pages for a scrapbook, which when finished will document this going away event.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success! Pictures (below) were taken by Jill Bierbaum.