Dear Friends in Christ,
When I became the Bishop of Nashville, there was so much unknown. I did not know who I would be working with, where I would live or what the Lord had in store for me, or for you, a member of this diocese – but one thing I knew was the Lord called me to this place, at this time for a certain reason.
As my fourth anniversary as your Bishop approaches, you may have may heard me say, “It is good that you are here.” It is good that you are here, in Middle Tennessee, and in this diocese. I see you doing great things for this community, and I am so grateful. The Lord has chosen for you to be here now, today, and He has done the same for your brothers and sisters around you.
While God has richly blessed us, He has also given us opportunity to help others. After the last couple of years of hardship, many in our community have faced immense challenges and setbacks.
When you give to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries, you support those in need today and provide them the ability to be fully present where their feet are planted. Please prayerfully consider how the Lord is calling you to give and know of my prayers for you and your family.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding
Bishop of Nashville