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March 19, 2020

Dear friends!

As you know, Paul Brunell began at St. Jude’s in the fall of 2016 as a student through The Academy for Vocational Leadership and he graduated from that program almost two years ago.  Paul was ordained as a Transitional Deacon at St. Jude’s five months ago.  Paul Brunell, our student, has now received a call to serve with the wonderful people at Christ Church Owosso.  His last Sunday with us will be March 22, 2020.  Please hold Paul in your daily prayers as he transitions in a rather challenging time.

Because we cannot gather in person to honor and give thanks for Paul’s ministry with us and to send him off with our blessing, I’m inviting us to respond to this note, either on the blog section of our website or in the comment section of this Facebook post, with a story about how Paul’s ministry over these past 3 ½ years has impacted you.  What are you thankful for?  How has your faith been changed because of his presence with us?  

I will take all of those comments and compile a book that we will be able to add to once we can gather together.  Sometimes we never know just how our time with someone has affected them, perhaps even changing them.  This is our chance to show Paul, in words, just how powerful his ministry is!

Love and Blessings,



  1. Mark, Beth & Nicole Jagos

    Paul’s easygoing, friendly personality and sense of humor are his strengths that are very inviting and engaging to people. These attributes will enhance and support his new ministry. A memory of Paul is his thunderous dismissal at the end of service sending us out with enthusiasm to do God’s will. We will miss you Paul. Best wishes in your new ministry and God Bless!

  2. Sarah Dolza

    Over the past few years I have found Paul’s presence comforting, constant and reassuring. I will miss that, especially during these coming days.
    There is a calm and ‘mellowness’ that I have come to appreciate about Paul. I have always enjoyed his sermons and the glimmer of passion that bubbles up in them.
    I wish him growth, fulfillment and serenity for his future.

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