I BID YOU FAREWELL
Fare.well; /,fer’wel/ noun/exclamation: 1 used to express good
wishes on parting.
an act of parting or of marking someone’s departure.
I think my son said it best when I told him that I was receiving a
new appointment. He said, “Well that’s like a backhanded
blessing… ‘Yeah! I have a new appointment! Oh! But you have to
leave Stuart’.” My sentiments exactly. While I am excited for what
the future holds and the journey to come, I am sad to leave the
people of Stuart – Mt Vernon UMC. And rightfully so! For as I
reflect upon our time together, I am so eternally grateful for every
single member and friend that I have had the pleasure of knowing
and working with. I marvel at how God has lead and guided us
along our journey together and the work we have accomplished for
the kin-dom of God. God has been good to us!
God has carried us through deaths and heart aches, marriages and
transitions, all the while, rediscovering our joy of the Lord and
celebrating 150 years of ministry. God has done a miraculous work
of decreasing our debt and increasing our faith and our mission
work! Most amazingly God has lead us through an unknown vision
to discovering a vision that People Matter and we have only begun
to scratch the surface. I can’t wait to hear about how you will live
this vision out in abundance and I am so excited for your journey
ahead with Pastor Jenny! It’s gonna’ be good y’all!
Finally, when I first came as your pastor, my prayer was “God help
me to love the people.” As I now leave as one that had been your
pastor, my prayer is “God I hope they are more in love with you
now than they had been and that they never stop striving, seeking,
and searching for more of you!” These are the good wishes I offer
you as I mark my departure as your pastor.
In all things…Blessed be the name of the Lord and may God get all
loving God heart, mind, soul, and strength