Farewell message from Pastor Pat

Yes, you read that right. We will be transitioning to a new pastor in the near future. Here is Pastor Pat’s message to her congregation at Oxon Hill:

Greetings Beloved,

It was almost five years ago when I pulled up into the parking lot and marveled at the sign in front of the church. In that moment it became ever so clear that God was inviting me into the lives and ministries of God’s people known as Oxon Hill United Methodist Church.

These past few years have been filled to overflowing with joy and twinges of sadness, celebration and sometimes commemoration. We’ve welcomed new members to the family and we’ve said farewell to others.

And I am excited as we approach the beginning of this new season and new year.

However the excitement is bittersweet.

Beginning January 1, 2020, I have accepted an appointment to serve as the pastor of St. Paul’s UMC Kensington in the Greater Washington District. God has called me to a life of serving where I am needed. I am grateful for the time God has needed me at Oxon Hill; and grateful God continues to find me to be a useful vessel.

Therefore as of January 1, 2020, I will no longer be serving as the pastor of Oxon Hill United Methodist Church. This means I will no longer conduct any of the pastoral duties to include visitations, officiant, administrative officer, counselor, teacher or worship leader.

As you reflect on this announcement and prepare to welcome the next pastor,  I pray you extend the same gracious welcome you extended to my husband and me. 

Please remember the many messages, sermons, teachings, and words of counsel which have prepared you for this moment. Remember that we are all part of a team, called to run our leg of the race in a season. When that leg has been run and that season concluded, the baton must be passed.

So I pass the baton to the one whom God has called to lead you in this next season. Please respect the boundaries that allow space to be made for the next pastor to serve. I pray that you know that it has been my privilege to serve as your pastor.

In the few days we have left together, I will do my best to be available to meet with you as my schedule permits. My final day with you will be December 29, 2019.

On Sunday January 5, 2020, immediately following service, you are invited to meet with District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Johnsie Cogman, that she might hear your thoughts on the pastoral leadership characteristics.

Lastly, since we were unable to have the opportunity to formally say farewell, we will have that opportunity Sunday, January 19, 2020, following service. Don Apperson Jr., SPRC Chairperson will share more specific information on that event.

It has truly been my pleasure to serve as your pastor. Please know you hold a special place in my heart.

“I’m so glad we had this time together. Just to have a laugh or sing a song.
Seems we just get started and before you know it; comes the time we have to say so long”

To God be the Glory!

 Pastor Pat

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