As many of you know, I accepted a position in Washington, DC starting April 15. Thus, I will have to step down as moderator for remainder of the church business year. However, last night, Council unanimously and happily voted Kevin Gromley as the Interim Moderator. Since he retired, I can think of no other member of the congregation who does more to promote the value of North Church. We all benefit from his organization and his passion.
My church family has supported me through a lot over the years. The decision to move was difficult. My three children were small when we first came and now all three are young adults moving forward with their own life secure that they are a be-loved child of God. I took a leap of faith in 2003 and enrolled in classes at Oakland Community College which lead to a full scholarship at Wayne State and my current position in government purchasing.
You are my role models and I have mental versions of you that repeat sound advice you have given me over the years about parenting, work place conflict, dating, relating to difficult family members, and how to enjoy the blessings of life.
The relationships here matter and my final wish is that as the congregation looks at our governance structure, that we find ways to center our ministries more explicitly while focusing less on the doing things a certain way because that is how it has always been done. Other congregational churches have made that shift and have reported greater satisfaction with their church service.
While I am a little sad about not getting to work on that project, I know the work will go on and the church will continue to evolve – just as it always has over the last 100+ years.
Thank you for letting me serve as your moderator these last 22 months.