Farewell to Pastor ‘Rudy’ Beyer

October 19, 2008

Many friends of Grace’s former pastor, Louis ‘Rudy’ Beyer attended a special service, ‘A Celebration of All Ministry’ held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst, MA. Representatives of several faiths cooperated to create this unique service and a fitting tribute to Pastor Beyer upon his retirement. Pastor Beyer has a unique way of bringing people together and this service served as yet another example.

In 1990, Pastor Beyer was “instrumental” in the formation of Grace’s original guitar chorus which later became known as ‘The Bluebirds’. Three members of ‘The Bluebirds’ currently carry on as members of the ‘Back Row Band’ which supplied the preservice music for the event.

A reception in Rudy’s honor followed the service and several members of Grace were there to wish he and Judy well. Louise Flemming, ever ready with poems for all occasions, recited one she’d written just for Rudy. Others spoke in glowing terms of the man that many members of Grace Lutheran fondly refer to as Rudy.

Rudy Beyer: A Celebration of Ministry

The Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield community is invited to participate in a special ceremony taking place next month. Former Grace Lutheran Church Pastor L. Rudy Beyer is the honored guest at a “Celebration of Ministry” as he transitions to the next phase of his ministry.

The celebration will take place Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst, Mass., located at 867 N Pleasant St. in Amherst. Pastor Beyer served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield from 1974 through 1993, and among his many accomplishments during that time he helped to organize the West Springfield Parish Association. For more, read the full history of Grace Lutheran Church.