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:
- Friday, August 21 from 1PM-3PM
- Sunday, August 23 from 11AM-1PM
- Sunday, August 23 from 3:30-5:30PM
Please note, rsvp required.
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)
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,