Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Spring has finally arrived, flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and at last the cold winter has left us. Now is the time of new life and new growth. It’s a time when our senses are heightened to life happening all around us, a time of hope and expectation. Each spring season, creation bursts forth in glorious, undeniable changes, demonstrating that change is necessary for life to continue.
Tabernacle UMC has blossomed this season. Through the five Sundays of March and the four Sundays of April this year, we have received nine new members, five by professions of faith and four by transfer, and we have baptized two infants and three young children. We have been approved to have a part time Associate Pastor appointed to Tabernacle UMC at this year’s annual conference.
Further, we have hired a new Youth Consultant and are developing a new youth program. The position will change to Youth Director this August. New members, more baptisms, new staff and new ministries are tangible evidence of Tabernacle’s commitment to ministry here in Poquoson. The past two months have been the most exciting, and gratifying, months in my twenty two years of ministry!
Yet other changes are on the horizon. This year at Annual Conference, a new pastor, Rev. Dr. Jim Earley, will be appointed to Tabernacle. Jim has been in ministry for forty years. He and his wife, Phyllis, are both ordained elders in the United Methodist Church. They bring to you much experience. Please receive them with the same Christian love that you have extended to my family and me during our two years with you.
I have enjoyed my time serving with you in ministry. It has been a learning experience. You presented me with a high growth curve, and I have benefited greatly from getting to know you and working with you. I sincerely thank you for all the amazing things you have accomplished during our time together. Your future looks bright! I am confident you will it embrace it with enthusiasm.
I have mixed emotions about leaving, but I trust God, and embracing the United Methodist Church appointment system, I look to the future with hopeful expectation.
It has been a privilege serving as the pastor at Tabernacle UMC. You are an amazing congregation, and I wish you well in your continuing ministry as you face the challenges and opportunities of each new change you encounter.
Grace and Peace,