More Transition

We’ve experienced a lot of change in recent weeks/months — bringing home a baby from Korea and becoming parents, and finishing our dissertations, and completing our doctor of ministry programs.

If that wasn’t enough transition for one year, we’re throwing in some more. As we announced this morning in our worship services, we are moving to new pastoral appointments.

We will be moving to Clearfield (in the State College District of the Central Pennsylvania Conference) in late June and the new appointments will take effect July 1, 2008. Joleen will serve West Side UMC and Randy will serve Centre Grove UMC.

While living in the village of Mooresville for the past 7 years, Joleen has served the Manor Hill Charge. During most of this time, Randy served the Petersburg Charge. After Alexandria and Barree (part of the Petersburg Charge) merged in 2006 to become Hope UMC, Randy continued to serve them as well as taking on 12th Street UMC as part of a realignment following Hope’s merger.

This transition impacts a lot of people — the congregations we’re leaving, the congregations we’re going to, the pastors we will follow, as well as the ones who will follow us.

In the coming weeks, we will write about the experience — leaving people we’ve come to know and love, moving on to new places of ministry and dreaming new dreams, and doing all of this with a baby we’ve only recently brought home from Korea.

No one can accuse us of doing things the easy way! šŸ˜€

2 thoughts on “More Transition”

  1. I realize how difficult this transition will be for your family and for your congregation, but know that the folks at West Side United Methodist plan to welcome you with open arms. If He calls, we will answer!

  2. Dear Randy and Joleen,
    I can only imagine the stress you are feeling with all the happenings in your lives. Please know God will take care of you and the people you are leaving behind. The folks of the Clearfield area are great – we have fond memories of our 6 years there. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jean
    PS Thanks for sharing Ethan with me on Thursday – what a sweetie he is!!


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