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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
If you were in church a few weeks ago, you may remember I announced that the pastor with whom I grew up, Pr. Monroe Teachenor, passed away at his home in San Leandro,
CA., on December 22, 2017. He was 92. Pastor T, as he was known, was my first spiritual mentor. His family asked if I would be able to fly out to California and help with his memorial service on January 14.
When I said I couldn't, they requested I send a few memories that might be shared.
My relationship with Pastor T. began in Confirmation Class as a seventh-grader at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Berkeley, California. He wanted us students to memorize
several Bible verses and parts of Luther's Small Catechism. The first week, I have to admit, I didn't take him very seriously and badly failed the next week's test. He made me stay after class and re-write the parts I'd missed five times over.
It took quite a while to accomplish it, and I suffered writer's cramp in the process. I learned my lesson, so from then on I made sure I carefully memorized the assignment each week. Just to show I wasn't always perfect,
he began to mark off any punctuation errors I might have made on the written exams (like a colon where a semi-colon should be).
In some ways, I looked upon Pastor T and his wife, Agnelsa, as surrogate parents. I knew I could come to them for wise guidance in difficult or complicated circumstances when I didn't believe my own parents could be helpful.
I often received sound advice. Didn't always follow it, but who ever does such a thing?
Over the years growing up, I found Pastor T. could be counted on to help when in need. There was a time I received an eye injury playing basketball down
on the Bethlehem playground. Another person had deeply poked his finger into my eye enough to cause bleeding. I required a trip to the
hospital emergency room but no one in my family was available. My mother didn't drive, so she called upon Pastor T. He dropped whatever he was doing to take me.
I am grateful for the many times Pastor T. took a personal interest in me. As I look back, I realize how often he participated in many important phases of my life.
He joined my future father-in-law officiating at my wedding ceremony. He was there for me when I graduated seminary. He was there to assist in my ordination service.
He supported me through some of the most formative and impressionable years of my life. I will always be grateful.
We kept in touch over the years by exchanging family Christmas letters. When I didn't receive one this year, I figured something had to have happened. A few days after Christmas, Pastor T's son, Karl,
called to tell me he died. I was not led to feel sorrowful. Pastor T. lived in faith of the crucified and resurrected Jesus Christ. He was baptized into his death and will rise again to new life as promised.
If there is any accuracy in the vision of the Apostle John in Revelation, someday Pastor T. will join all the faithful gathered around the throne of God,
waving palm branches in the air and singing praises to the Lord.
Pastor Monroe Teachenor positively touched more people than I'm sure he was aware. I am honored to have know and loved him and to be loved by him.
Peace to you. See you in church.
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