Celebrate EASTER with us – 9:00 and 11:00 identical services with choir. Also, SUNRISE at 6:30AM on the Boardwalk at South Pavilion in Spring Lake.
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God’s people have been called to move since the time of Abraham and Sarah, and throughout our faith history God has been faithful, asking us to be faithful in our time and place, following where we are led. My call to ministry and ordination in the United Methodist Church has led me to unexpected places I would not have envisioned on my own but have been rewarded with great people and ministry, most prominently and recently St. Andrew’s in Spring Lake. I have learned to trust God’s vision for me and the ministries I’ve been called to. Sam and I will miss you all. As we begin this time of transition, I will grieve the loss of ministry and friends even as I turn and face with excited anticipation the next leg of my journey in Piscataway.
I invite you to face the future also with excited anticipation as St. Andrew’s moves forward and upward on to the next step of your journey. Coming to St. Andrew’s on July 1 is Rev. Eusun Kim currently serving as pastor in Fair Haven. In his own words, he is “made in the USA,” and considers himself a “Jersey Boy,” a Pastor’s Kid growing up in North Jersey. Before he graduated from Rutgers College he met his lovely wife Jay, and together they have two beautiful daughters Sofia who is 15 and Garielle who is 11. He earned a Master of Divinity at Drew University, and has served several Anglo congregations in NY and NJ. He has 12 pastors in his family including his father and older brother. He is an avid motorcyclist logging 20,000 miles in the last five years.
Some of you know Eusun in his spiritual leadership role at Skylands Walk to Emmaus, and I hope you will share your excitement that he is coming to pastoral leadership at St. Andrew’s. He will have the opportunity to meet with leaders of St. Andrew’s in the spring, as you begin this transition together. This is an exciting as well as anxious time for St. Andrew’s; do not be anxious, God is with you and taking care of you.
Blessings and peace, Francie
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My dear friends at St. Andrew’s:
As announced in worship on March 3, last week Sam and I learned that effective July 1, 2013 Bishop Schol has appointed me to Christ United Methodist Church in Piscataway, NJ.
I’ll start by saying this was as much a surprise and shock to me and Sam as it is to you. I did not ask to move nor did the church ask me to move. We have walked together through good times and bad; we have supported one another and grown; we have taken great strides toward the church God intends St. Andrew’s to be. Yet, there are times when the Conference’s overall needs require the Bishop to move pastors even when the relationship works well. As pastors retire, churches open up; when pastors are appointed to those churches, another church opens up, and so on; United Methodist pastors move. The Bishop and Cabinet do not take these moves lightly; they are done with great prayer and discernment. This is part of what it means to be part of the United Methodist Church.
On Sunday March 10, your Staff Parish Relationships Committee will announce to you the name of St. Andrew’s new pastor. This choice was made by the Cabinet and Bishop with much prayer, and after much discussion with our District Superintendent Rev. Fran Noll who knows this church very well, knows many of you, and knows your vision and needs for the future. I am confident that you are being well taken care of, and that your new pastor will lead you to places we have only begun to dream.
Sam and I have been blessed indeed to serve with you at St. Andrew’s and to live in this beautiful area. You have embraced us as your own, you have taken me into your homes and families; we have laughed and we have cried together; I love you all, and will miss you. There will be plenty of time for good-byes; in the meantime we have lots to do to keep moving forward even as we work for a smooth transition.
Please keep Sam and me, keep St. Andrew’s and Christ Churches in your prayers during these months of change. Please know and trust that God has great things in store for St. Andrew’s, and will not forsake you. If you have questions, please contact me or the Chair of Staff Parish Relations Committee Darren Gilbert.
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