Contributed by Kathleen Haynes
Contact Myrtle Bridges September 20, 2008
The First Presbyterian Church
John A. MacLean, Jr., Pastor
My dear Miss Sue,
I have purposely delayed my reply to your letter in order that I might give full
consideration to all that you said.
First of all, I want to remind you that this is God's work, and He will direct it. I
don't think that He will let the church suffer, but that He will overrule everything
so as to bless it.
I am convinced that I am not the type of man for the Morganton church. I have given to
it my very best (poor as that may be) for three years.
This is not a case of the "ninety and nine." The Morganton church is no lost sheep. Its
membership includes some of the best Christian people I have ever known. For a century
it has had fine advantages. The field is certain to be able to procure the services of
another pastor, whom I confidently expect to do more effective work than I have done. I
am a "round peg in a square hole," or vice versa. Besides, there are three reasons why
I am very sure that it is wise for me to leave here. If you have confidence in me, you
will just have to accept my judgment about this.
I can never express my appreciation of all your kindness to me personally, or of your
faithful and efficient support of me, as pastor. I never expect to find anywhere a more
loyal or capable friend and supporter. I love you very dearly and always will. I confidently
expect to return to Morganton, and hope that our friendly intercourse will continue through
You are far too fine a Christian to let up in your work for our dear Master and His little
ones. He needs you and relies on you. This is an excellent opportunity to show the public
how good a Christian you really are.
With warmest affection,
Sincerely your friend
John A. MacLean
Sept 12th, 1922
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