If it seems like old times at Pleasant Hill City Hall, it’s because it is. City administrator Mark Randall (right) swears in newly-elected councilmen C.J. Hicks (left) and Paul Beason (center) in brief ceremonies at the April 13 meeting of the Pleasant Hill City Council. Hicks was re-elected by voters in Precinct #20 in municipal elections on April 7 and Beason was re-elected in Precinct #21. Both were elected to 2-year terms and neither of them had opposition on the 2015 ballot. Hicks begins his third term on the City Council and Beason begins his eighth term. They join Councilman-at-Large Mark Guffey and Precinct #19 Councilman Don Donovan on the City Council. Later in the meeting, Beason was re-elected mayor pro tem. In that role, he will fill in as mayor when the mayor is absent or otherwise unable to serve. After the swearing-in ceremonies, the 4-man City Council went to work on a long list of items on the April 13 agenda.
Amazing Grace Lutheran pastor to retire
....Rev. William "Bill" Schroeder will be retiring from Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasant Hill this spring and end 36 years of ministry within the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. ....Pastor Bill has been serving the Amazing Grace congregation since 2004. ....He has also been serving as pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Creighton since 2012. ....He was born in Manitowoc, Wis., on August 9, 1948.
....He attended Concordia High School and Junior College in Milwaukee from 1962-1968. He then attended Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana from1968-1970. ....After graduating with a bachelor of arts degree, he attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis from 1970-1976 and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. ....After a vicarage internship in Elkhart, Ind., he was ordained at his home congregation at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Manitowoc, Wis. Pastor Bill served in congregations in Iowa, Indiana, and Illinois after that.
....The last ten years he has faithfully served Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasant Hill and the last three serving the Trinity Lutheran Church in Creighton as a dual parish. ....Pastor Bill also served on the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council in various roles including a term as its president. ....Pastor Bill has been married to his wife, Georgene, (nee Steitz) of Maryland Heights, Missouri for 40 years this month (April 19). They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren, Erin Schroeder and her daughter Erica Mutzbauer; Jenna Shivelbine and husband Matt, and their sons Olin and Emrik; Suzanna Harrigan and Ben. Although he has now spent more years living on what he describes as “foreign soil,” he still loves the Wisconsin north woods where he likes to fish for fish when not being a fisher of men. ....He is a Green Bay Packer fan and enjoys bicycling, camping, canoeing, and reading. ....But most of all, he says, "I am humbled to have the high privilege of being used by God, our Creator, to bring His message of forgiveness of sins and life eternal through His Son Jesus Christ to many people. I am thankful for having the blessing of serving these two great congregations and all the others and I look forward to seeing what the Lord leads us to in the future." ....Pastor Bill's retirement celebration will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Hoots Hollow Golf Course clubhouse. ....It will be a potluck dinner with meat and potatoes provided. The Amazing Grace congregation invites the public to join in and celebrate the retirement of a good friend and spiritual leader. ....“We will miss Pastor Bill and Georgene,” a spokesperson for the church said, “but are happy to let them go to enjoy grandchildren and family and have a wonderful life of retirement...Go thy servants with our blessing."