It’s been an interesting week for Mauri. He’s a man who prefers the background, but his chosen work puts him in the foreground quite a bit. So in his quiet way he told each of his groups—elders, pastoral team, NFC Bells, NFC Brass, worship ensemble, folk ensemble, UMG (Unnamed Music Group), Nolan Plus, family, trusted friends, and finally the congregation via the weekly electronic newsletter—this:
We prefer to think of this as a change, not retirement. After 33 years on the pastoral team of Newberg Friends Church, the church and he are ready for a change. Mauri is a musician with a lot of music left in him, and after a well-earned breather come June 2014, he is eager to see what next step God presents. It might be concentrated time in his recording studio, putting down some of his “simple changes” hymn arrangements and finding good ways to share them.
And then, of course, the garage could use some attention.
PS: It should be noted that Mauri was not asked to resign. Folks have expressed sadness at the decision but fully understand and accept it.