Dear Ingomar Church,
I recently learned that I am being reappointed to serve in the United Methodist Conference Center focusing on diversity. I will be supporting clergy and congregations in cross-cultural appointments, i.e., Korean pastors serving in white churches, white pastors serving African-American churches and black pastors serving in white churches. The new appointment begins July 1, 2015, so I will be leaving Ingomar Church in late June.
Reappointments and relocations often sound so practical and matter-of-fact, but each is tied to a full range of human emotions. I am saddened leaving this church and all the wonderful people.
Looking back on my service here and observing the rich and lively God-centered ministries at Ingomar Church, I can truly testify that Christ is alive – past, present, and future in the church in our service together. I am grateful to visitors, friends of the church, members, the staff, lay leadership, and the senior pastor for all of the memories.
Among my many fond memories, the warmest is leading the children in prayer at the 9am and 11:15am services. I felt a connection to the children and by extension their parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers. I loved seeing the children run up the aisle, stand with such ease before the congregation, holding hands as we prayed together. I loved that the children asked me questions and made bold statements. I will also remember the joyful and quick responses of those who attend Together@10. Whenever I asked a question, I always received a collectively loud and lively response. I remember and appreciate every wonderful moment experienced at the church services, events, in the office, and even funerals.
Paul, the apostle, said to the church of Corinth, “Good-by, my friends. Do better and pay attention to what I have said. Try to get along and live peacefully with each other.” (2 Corinthians 13:11, Contemporary English Version). I will do better, pay attention, get along, and live peacefully in these last few months we spend together. I encourage all of you to do the same even when I am gone.
Pastor Dianne Glave