OPPORTUNITIES TO THANK OUR DEPARTING ASSOCIATE PASTOR,
As most of you have heard by now, our dear Associate Pastor, Emily Moore-Diamond, has been selected as the incoming Lead Pastor at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, a large congregation in Stafford, Virginia. We wish Emily much success and joy in her new role and give her our most heartfelt thanks for the three years of wonderful service she has provided at Aldersgate. There are many ways each of you can express your thanks and gratitude to Emily, including personal phone calls, texts, letters or other personal contact. There are three ways that we as a congregation plan to thank Emily and wish her and her husband Scott and son David well. The first is a Love gift collection of donations that Emily would use to attend the 2022 Festival of Homiletics in Denver, Colorado. Homiletics is the art of preaching or writing sermons. You may make your contribution to Aldersgate UMC with a designation that it is for Emily's Love gift. Such donations are tax deductible. The second initiative is a collection of cards with personal notes from members of the congregation; these will be gathered and provided to Emily as a remembrance of her deep connections at Aldersgate. Please send your card to Aldersgate UMC or of course you may send yours directly to Emily if you prefer. Finally, Emily's last Sunday worship service at Aldersgate will be June 13th. Please save that date as you are able; we plan to have an opportunity to see Emily and say goodbye that day, whether it be a drive-by service or in-person event if that is possible.