Sunday, February 22, over 200 people came together to celebrate and give thanks for the 45 years of ministry of Pastor Darrel Gerrietts.  Pastor Gerrietts, who has served 18 of those years as Assistant to the Bishop in Northeastern Iowa Synod, retires at the end of this month.  It was a day of laughter and tears and fond remembrances.  Here are a few photos from the day.

Read more about Pastor Gerrietts’ ministry here.

It was standing room only.


Darrel’s successor, Pastor Brackett demonstrates the difficulty of spelling Darrel’s name by misspelling his name.
A  little humor.

We heard from his daughters what it was like growing up with Darrel as a father. (Son Dan had a prior commitment and was unable to attend.)





Assistant to the Bishop, Linda Hudgins reads letters of remembrance.




Jeannette Gerrietts
Bishop Ullestad reminding us it was Pastor Gerrietts who came up with the idea for Bread for the Day.

A great day was had by all.



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About The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson

The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson has been Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA for the Northeastern Iowa Synod since late 2013. Part of her job description is to help leaders and congregations use social media and other digital means for outreach and mission. She writes and edits this blog as well as runs the social media accounts for the synod.




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