We bid farewell to Worship Pastor Jo Anne Taylor and her husband, Bruce, on Sunday, July 21, 2013. Pastor Jo Anne preached on 1 Corinthians 10:23-33 at both services, and was surprised by the Bethlehem Choir at the close of the Classic service. As the congregation sang the final hymn, choir members gathered on the steps of the chancel, then asked Pastor Jo Anne to conduct them “one more time” as they sang the benediction, Peter Lutkin’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”
Pastor Jo Anne came to Bethlehem Covenant Church in 2002, as the Adult Choir Director. She leaves to become the pastor of First United Methodist Church in New Ulm, MN. The Bethlehem congregation voted earlier in July to recommend Pastor Jo Anne for Ordination to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church, and upon completion of the requirements for ordination, she will be ordained at the Covenant Annual Meeting in Chicago next June.