Dianne Glave: Ministry & Church

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Ingomar Church: Goodbyes & Thank You

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.

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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.

Blessings,

Pastor Dianne Glave

Departure || New Appointment

My letter to the members and friends at Crafton United Methodist Church . . .

March 18, 2012

Dear Crafton United Methodist Church,

Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. Isaiah 43:19 (The Message) speaks to change, suffering, and hope. Brand new things call for change often coupled with the book-ends of suffering and hope. The desert, the badlands are in-between places taking us on difficult roads and treacherous rivers that lead to a cool breeze threading across the sky or can look like a goblet beaded with and filled with crisp refreshing water.

When I learned last week that the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church was appointing me as an associate pastor at Ingomar Church effective July 1, 2012 change, suffering, and hope came to mind.

With this news some may be considering the road, the desert . . . the river, the badlands. I have served at Crafton UMC since September 15th 2011 for about six months now, struggling with all of you in the desert or the badlands.

I pray as I continue as the pastor of Crafton UMC during the next three months or so that God leads us through these times of change, suffering and hope, and that we grow and are transformed spiritually.

It has been a blessing to be your pastor even in our short time together. I am grateful for the loving presence and service of each of you here at Crafton UMC. May God continue to lead us on the paths, the road or the river, He has in store for us as individuals and as a faith community.

Love,

Pastor Dianne

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