Sunday, June 14 will be my family’s last Sunday at St. John. My relationship with you as pastor will change. While I will always be your friend, I will no longer be your pastor. I will no longer be available to you for weddings, funerals, or other events. You will soon have two new pastors who will have the privilege of being involved in your lives in many ways. I ask that you do your absolute best to welcome your new pastoral leaders and help them in the process of beginning a new season of ministry together.
Social media is a great way to stay in touch when distance separates us but to assist in creating sacred space for you to connect with your new pastors, I will refrain from interacting with you on social media platforms for at least six months. It doesn’t mean I love you any less, but that I want to be faithful to the covenant of pastoral ministry.
Times like this remind us that change is difficult, but it is also a constant part of life. The good news is that change also brings with it an opportunity for growth and new possibilities. I fully believe that God is at work in the midst of the changes here and that this church’s best days are ahead. I am already praying every day for Andy and Nico and for you in the midst of this transition. I ask for your prayers for my family and the people of Marysville UMC as well. By managing this transition well, with God’s help, everyone involved will be further strengthened for the common work we engage in for God’s Kingdom.
Rev. Jenny Smith