Farewell to the Blackwelders

The end of Annual Conference is always bittersweet to me. I'm certainly glad the long days of meetings and many hours in bad seats are over, but I quickly miss the time shared with clergy friends during the week.

One of the exciting parts of Conference's conclusion is to see which clergy are appointed where.

This year the appointment list brings mixed emotions for our church. As anticipated, Rev. Josh Blackwelder has been appointed to Trinity, York and Rev. Derrick Cattenhead to Central. Thankfully, I remain at Central and Rev. Kathy Campbell joins our pastoral team, too. Derrick and Kathy officially begin their ministry here on Wednesday, June 22nd.

We will happily welcome our new pastors on Sunday, June 26th at 4 p.m. However, this weekend we will have mixed emotions as we say goodbye to Josh and Alli Blackwelder, who have served faithfully among us for four years. Josh's appointment to Trinity is good for the Blackwelders and they will be good for Trinity. Even so, while we're pleased for them, we will miss people we have come to care about greatly.

It's easy to say, "that's life," since coming and going is a daily occurrence. It's not as easy as that when you truly let people come into your life.

As a pastor at Central I can say, without reservation, that you are a congregation who lets your pastoral family come into your lives in meaningful ways. You embrace us immediately and we grow together throughout our shared time. I thank you for that, even when it makes leaving more difficult.

This Sunday will be a day to celebrate the time shared with the Blackwelders.  Josh will preach his final sermons as our associate pastor in the sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. We will also have The Well service this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The sermons in all 3 services are based on Luke 7:36-50.

We will honor Josh and Alli with a reception Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in Spears Fellowship Hall.

I hope you will be able to join us throughout the day in showing appreciation to God and the Blackwelders for our shared ministry.