Rev. David L. Kruse
Grace and Peace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, in whose service we are all involved. What awesome and wonderful God we have.
I am (retired) Rev. David L. Kruse (PD for short). I am a son of Russell and Uarda (Jacobsen) Kruse of Conrad, Iowa. I have been married to Rev. Annette K. Ruhs Kruse for 39 years. We have 3 children, and 3 and ¾ grandchildren.
I am most humbled and excited to be here in my “home” church to be your pastor. As time goes on, you will come to know me better as I become more familiar with you.
I will be sub bus driving, selectively, for Benton Community, and have applied to North Linn and CPU as I have driven bus for 43 years as part of my servant ministry to the children, school districts and the families.
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. My phone # is 712-249-2528. The phone is on 24/7. I would rather be called 7 times when someone is in or going to the hospital or some other type of situation that I need to know about or pray about.
In His service,
Pastor Dave (PD)
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Grace and Peace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ in whose service we are all involved.
September has been an interesting month for me physically and “chronologically”. Growing old is, like taxes, a fact that my children and I truly must face. I will not declare when growing up stops (as my Wife would attest to) and growing old starts. There are some signs I have read along life’s journey that suggest I am entering another interesting God blessed transition. As I look into the mirror, I am forced to admit and find it fascinating that the fingers of age have begun to scratch their marks upon my house of clay… and I anticipate with wonder the “what ifs?” and changing those thoughts to “why not’s!”.
Then I think, God’s patriarchs and matriarchs have always been among His choicest possessions. Abraham and Sarah were used by God effectively once they grew old and mellow. Moses wasn’t used with any measure of success until he turned 80, Caleb was 85 when he began to enjoy God’s best goods. Samuel was old, old when the God of Israel led him to establish the “school of the prophets” an institution that had a lasting influence for spirituality and godliness in the centuries to come. And we cannot deny the way God used Paul during his last days on his knees, writing strengthening words in letters we cherish today! Growing old does have its difficulties and heartaches. I let my sons pickup pianos and Volkswagens, with me easily and fondly taking the place of the “sidewalk supervisor.” I am glad, so glad that God by His wonderful grace, has let me live this long after the life I have lived. See for us “seasoned citizens” age is not a mistake, oversight, or afterthought. It is God’s will and His needing us to instruct and be examples to the younger ones who will soon enough take our places of leadership as the years will begin to dictate our movements, thought processes, and making our memories as precious as they were meant to be.
I am so pleased to be with you during this time of my personal Holy instruction and be your pastor here, the holy space of weekly “family reunion.
In His Service and yours,