“Our church family is constantly changing. People come and go. Babies are born. Children grow up. People commit themselves to one another. Loved ones and friends among us come to the end of their lives. Individuals move into our community and church life. Others leave us, moving away to new places, new experiences, and new opportunities.” — the UCC Book of Worship
Karen and Rich will be relocating to Portland, ME, where Rich’s son lives. They are moving at the end of the April. That will put them back in New England where they had lived before. And closer to aging mothers. They’ve only been with us a short time (in church terms!), but have made a lot of contributions around here: the Artist’s Way group, the Sacred Sunday Circle, gardening, the Dove Project, as the Spiritual Sojourner for your YASC community ministers. We wish them well on their way, praying God’s spirit shows them on to where their future service lies…
Beth W. is having an open house this Sunday, April 27, from 2:30 to 5:30, so that we have an opportunity to visit with Rich and Karen, to say good-bye and wish them well. Beth lives in Society Hill Towers. You can park here at church and walk over if you wish. Please ask Beth or contact the church office for her address information.
Kristen, Hans, Freja and Matilda will be leaving Philadelphia in mid-May for the warm shores of Jacksonville, Fl, where Hans will complete his medical residency. Their relocation involves a trip all the way down the Intercoastal Waterway, as they are taking their “home” from the marina here to a new dock in Jacksonville (before they decide where on dry land to live). Old First has been blessed by their participation in our congregation, and we will miss them! We wish them well as they sail on to their next port of call.
On Thursday, May 1 at 7 pm we’ll have a potluck going-away party for them at Mindy’s house. Contact Mindy <email@example.com> to RSVP and for directions.
We also have other news of departures. Marianne C. and her family have recognized that their distance from church and the traffic makes their attendance too infrequent. They have found a Presbyterian church in their neighborhood that Marianne says, “Is just like Old First. Well, nothing is just like Old First, but it has the same feeling, and we need to get to church more often.”
Likewise, MaryLiz C. and Warren L. have found the distance coming in from Moorestown increasingly daunting. MaryLiz is transferring her membership to First Baptist in Moorestown, but she will remain an associate member here at Old First.
We’re hoping to have Sundays when the Crosbys and Maryliz and Warren can be with us, as we’d like to send them forth with our blessing at the benediction, as has become our tradition.
Of course, there is a sadness when people leave us. But we send them with blessings because we believe they are going with God. Again from the UCC’s Book of Worship: “We express our gratitude for your time among us… Your influence on our faith and faithfulness will not leave us at your departure.”