Dave’s Farewell

On Sunday, August 23, PCM bid farewell to its beloved pastor, the Rev. Dr. David Smazik and its first lady Ann Smazik, as they continue their journey in Indianapolis, IN at the Northminster Presbyterian Church. They will be missed. If you would like to send a farewell message to Dave and Ann, please upload it here. You can also give a gift by visiting Breeze, our online giving portal. Please be sure to select “Staff Purse” from the dropdown and in the comments please include “Dave and Ann.”

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August 21 and 23 – Dave and Ann’s Farewell Drive-In

Join us in a final farewell for Dave and Ann in the parking lot of the Parish House (65 South Street). Members will be asked to pull into a parking space and stay in their car.  Dave and Ann will visit from car to car and give out some goodies and fun items we will have on hand.

You may choose from the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, August 23 from 11AM-1PM
  • Sunday, August 23 from 3:30-5:30PM

Please note, rsvp required.

Thursday, August 6

Beloved Morristown Pastor Bids Farewell, Leaves Legacy (Press Release)

The Reverend Doctor David Smazik of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown is set to leave this month

MORRISTOWN, NJ – AUGUST 6, 2020 –The Presbyterian Church in Morristown (PCM) is preparing to say goodbye to their senior pastor and head of staff, The Reverend Doctor David Smazik.  Rev. Smazik announced he will be leaving PCM at the end of August to work in interim ministry and has accepted a position in Indianapolis, IN at the Northminster Presbyterian Church.

Church members have expressed their gratitude, affection, and appreciation for all that Rev. Smazik and his wife, Ann, have contributed to the congregation over the last 10 years.  Rev. Smazik brought new ideas and fresh concepts upon his arrival at PCM in November 2010.  Some of those accomplishments included inspiring and guiding the ruling board to establish forward-thinking church vision and mission statements that evolved over time to help focus church activities and priorities. The “FreshTraditional” trademark showed a willingness to preserve core traditions while adding new elements and approaches to PCM’s worship and congregational life.

During Rev. Smazik’s tenure, PCM added a significant number of new members, including many young families.  He encouraged youth participation, particularly through the support of the Midweek program. Rev. Smazik led the congregation through two major capital campaigns that funded major renovations in the Church on the Green and Parish House.  These renovations opened up possibilities for church use, but also allowed use of the facilities by outside groups to encourage partnerships within the community and mission-based outreach. Smazik sought out opportunities for PCM to prominently participate and lead in Morristown civic, historic and spiritual programs. 

Rev. Smazik also supported major technology and safety upgrades, a staff reorganization and provided much needed guidance through the pandemic with creative virtual worship services and daily devotionals. 

The Rev. Dr. Ed Halldorson, former senior pastor of the Chatham Township Presbyterian Church for 29 years, will serve as the interim bridge minister beginning September 1, 2020. 

Thursday, July 30

Dave’s Final Devotion:

Hope for the Journey-Benediction

Today we conclude our look at the non-Pauline letters in the New Testament with Jude’s benediction. This message will also conclude the devotional journey we have taken over the past four and a half months. I am sure most who are reading this have received a letter which announced my resignation from the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. Shortly, I will begin work as an interim pastor in Indianapolis, IN, a step I initiated as I discerned God’s will for my next chapter in ministry. A particular blessing of the IN church’s location is that it brings us closer to extended family.

I have been personally encouraged by our discipline of glimpsing into scripture as we have experienced renewed calls for racial justice while navigating the unknown path of a pandemic. My initial prayer was that we would recognize avenues of hope for our journeys in the passages we read together. My ongoing prayer is that we, and the whole of the PCM community, will continue to be renewed through daily spiritual disciplines that keep us faithfully seeking God-with-us for the days ahead. I join with Jude to share this benediction:

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Jude 24-25)

Read past devotionals here.

Friday, July 24

Dave’s Farewell letter:

Dear Members and Friends of PCM,

In a year that unfolded in ways we never anticipated, PCM has remained strong in the hope that God is at work in, among, and through us. This church has been a beacon of Christ’s love and presence and will continue to be as it faithfully responds to God’s call, as individuals and a congregation.

I have prayerfully sought God’s heart, and searched my own, regarding God’s call for me in ministry. I’ve contemplated retirement since I can “officially” do so, but decided I am not quite ready for that. However, it became evident that different leadership will be necessary for PCM to effectively answer God’s call for its next steps in ministry and mission.

In order for this to happen, it was necessary for me to inquire about other ministry opportunities. After the first of the year, I was asked to consider different interim pastor positions. One situation, in particular, transitioned quickly and I committed to serve as Transitional/Interim Senior Pastor for the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN. And then the reality of COVID-19 unfolded. It was incumbent to delay both my announcement and departure date for some months. I will now be completing my work at PCM on August 23.

In ministry together, we have made decisions big and small, and celebrated Christ’s transforming work in and through us. Ann and I count it a privilege to have walked alongside you these past (almost) ten years in times of both joy and sorrow. As we remain cognizant of God-with-us, we can be assured that our journeys will continue to unfold in new and fresh ways. My prayer will remain steadfast that the ministry we shared during this season together will be brought to completion by God at the day of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you and keep you.

In Christ’s love,

Dave