Last October, we learned that our church would be once again in transition and that we would need a new pastor.  It was tough news to hear and suddenly there were many unknowns ahead.  Thankfully, God had a plan, as He always does.  Within the year, we would find that our church could continue to be amazing and that many would step up to fill in where needed.

During the year, a committee was put into place and they were the ones to begin to search for our new Lead Pastor.  At the beginning of the summer, Kaleb and Amber Kemper flew out to visit us and to see if our church was where God might be calling them and their family.

And thankfully, it was.

They moved out to Long Island late July and worked on settling in to a new job and home. And this past Sunday, our church took time to officially welcome them with a fun celebration.

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Kaleb has done an incredible job stepping into his role as our pastor.  He’s a strong preacher and we’ve enjoyed hearing the great things that God has laid upon his heart.

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We’ve all really enjoyed getting to know and spend time with his family as well.  Kaleb and Amber have four incredible kids that complete their beautiful family.

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On Sunday, we got to see messages from Kaleb and Amber’s extended family, all whom are spread out all over the world.  In a fun connection, Kaleb’s sister Naomi married our very own John Caprari, who grew up in our youth group and who has always been a very dear friend.  They are both serving in Tanzania now and sent their love and prayers through a video message.

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We took time to pray God’s great blessings over our new Pastor and his family and it was a very powerful time.  I know for myself and for our church that we are very thankful for God’s leading in the Kemper’s lives.  We cannot wait to see the great things that God will do in and through this beautiful family.

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Afterwards, we played a game to get to know the Kempers better.

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It was fun to see their responses and fun to get to know more about what the Kempers love.

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And after that, we gathered together for a beautiful picnic lunch.  If you’ve ever been a part of a church family, you know that there is no greater thing, than sitting down to break bread with those you love.

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In addition to the bread breaking, and an entire section of tasty potluck dishes, we also had the most incredible steamed clams and mussels.  We could not be more thankful to this family for their many gifts and talents on the sea (or in the bay).  It was a delicious way to welcome the Kempers and to give them a taste of the great things Long Island has to offer.

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I’ll be honest.  I didn’t get as many pictures as I could have, because I spent the meal time chatting with some wonderful families in our church, including this one.  If you are ever looking to come be a part of a church family, we have a pretty amazing one at Eastport Bible Church and we would love to have you join us!  You can check out more information at our website: www.eastportbiblechurch.com

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All in all, it was a beautiful day for a picnic to welcome Kaleb and Amber Kemper to Eastport.  We are thrilled to have them with us and we pray that God will bless and strengthen their family in many wonderful ways as they serve and minister here with us.

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

One comment

  1. You people will really enjoy the ministry of the Kemper family, and they will be blessed by the people of the church. God has brought a good fit here.

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