Thank You Note from Pastor Kim

Dear Asbury Community,

My heart is filled with gratitude for these past nine years with you. Thank you for being such a wonderful congregation – willing to be centered in Jesus Christ, growing in faith, celebrating community and serving others with love.

I have so many moments and experiences to cherish. Thank you for the conversations, the willingness to share your faith journey, and for the privilege of walking alongside as you faced challenges, questions, illness, fear, and the death of loved ones. Thank you for sharing the sacred God-Moments – the times when God so clearly guided, surprised, or blessed you. I will hold all these moments in my heart forever. You allowed me to be your pastor. Thank you.

Thank you to the leaders who re-started the Stephen Ministry program, led the Reconciling effort, started the laundry ministry, worked on our 5 Year Strategic plan, and brought Partners for Change into being. I am also filled with admiration for all who chaired Committees and programs—you serve with such commitment and vision. You inspire me, and deepen my own commitment to leading faith communities.

To all the musicians of Asbury, wow! Just wow!! My family and I will always remember the music – and the musicians.

To the people who work behind the scenes with an exquisite blend of patience and commitment and vision – our treasurer, Dick Crawford and IT guy-extraordinaire, Tom Petty; scriptologists Sharon, Mike, Kirby and Sharmyn – you have figured out how to employ technology in a way that enhances worship.

To my colleagues on staff: Pastor Chelsea, Jackie, Jean, Allen, Terri, Karen, Sharon – so many thank yous! For the joy of serving with you, I am grateful beyond words. Time and time again, you supported each other and worked towards excellence.

My last Sunday with you will be June 17. Pastor Kathy LaPoint-Collup will join you on July 1. As we move into this time of transition, I appreciate the United Methodist Church’s approach. I will step away so that Pastor Kathy can serve as your pastor. As part of that, I will not be in touch (in person or on-line). While it is difficult to leave you, I know you are in good hands. That said, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. You will forever be in my heart, and in God’s tender loving care. You are a blessing.

With Love,
Pastor Kim

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