Thank You Stephanie!

Dear Pilgrim Lutheran Family Members,

In early November of 2015 Stephanie Hagen, Pilgrim Lutheran’s Pre-school Director for the past twelve years, informed me that she would be stepping down as director at the conclusion of the 2015/16 school year.

Stephanie’s main reason for stepping down is primarily based on the daily demand of commuting to and from Puyallup that takes three and sometimes four hours a day! “Whew!”

After some shared tears, I let Stephanie know I would be 100% supportive of her decision…and I still am!

Stephanie has been a great blessing, wonderful co-worker and a great friend to me personally and pastorally and I thank the Lord for “the partnership in the Gospel” I have been privileged to share with her over these past twelve years.

I have been inspired by Stephanie’s passion, organizational gifts, love for Jesus, teacher, assistants, students, parents, church members and church staff along with her dedication and determination to make that significant commute for the past twelve years.  “Well done, thou good and faithful Stephanie!”

A search for a replacement has already begun.  If you have a recommendation for the position, you may submit that name to me (Pastor Rehder), Stephanie Hagen (Present director), Nan Hill (Education chair) or Ruth Ann Shimo (Deaconess).

The three most significant qualifications for the position of Director of Pilgrim Lutheran Preschool include the following:

Have been a successful early childhood teacher in a Lutheran early childhood education program and hold a theology teacher’s colloquy from a Concordia University.

Have previous experiences as a director of a Lutheran early childhood program.

Have a bachelor’s degree in education or early childhood education and meets all legal requirements of the State of Washington to be an early childhood administrator. (per Staff Handbook)

I, and I am sure, “we” extend to Stephanie, God’s best to her and hers as she finishes her time with us over these next months.

Thank you Stephanie, for all your good and godly work among us!  And…we thank your husband Al, your children and grand-children for sharing you with all of us!

The Lord bless you and keep you!

In Christ, our all in all,

Pastor Jim