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Thursday, 01 June 2017

June 1, 2017

Dear Cedar Grove Family,

Summer is upon us and while that means the end of the school year for school-aged children and strawberries ripe on the vine, it also marks a season of transition in the United Methodist Church.  As you probably know, Pastor Karl Grant and his family will be moving to Kinston, NC where the Bishop has appointed Karl as pastor of Queen Street UMC starting July 1.  In the coming weeks, we hope to honor Karl’s years of service in Cedar Grove and celebrate with the Grants as they move back to a place they call home.

Sunday, June 25th will be the Grants last Sunday in Cedar Grove – we hope you will join us for worship and a covered dish lunch that Sunday!  We will be collecting a love offering for the Grants to present to them on that Sunday and we invite you to contribute in one of two ways: place your gift in the offering plate (cash or check made payable to Cedar Grove UMC with “Love Offering” on the memo line) in an envelope marked “Love Offering” OR mail your gift directly to the church c/o Deborah Pope (PO Box 138 Cedar Grove, NC 27231).  We will be accepting gifts through Sunday, June 18th. 

Shortly after we say this bittersweet goodbye, we will greet our new pastor, Reverend Monica Beacham who will join us as she moves from her current appointment at Murfreesboro UMC.  Monica was raised just up the road in Chapel Hill so she is familiar with our church; she and her husband Chris are thrilled to be joining our community. 

On Sunday, July 9th Monica and Chris will join us for their first Sunday and we will host a covered dish lunch as an opportunity to welcome them.

In the weeks that follow, the Staff Parish Relations Committee will work closely with Monica to ensure that she has a strong transition and is set up to lead us in the particular ways she is gifted and called to.

With questions, you may feel free to reach out to any member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee (Betty Compton, John Hughes, Isabel Lea, Don Logner, Mac McDade or Elizabeth O’Quinn – chair).

As one season comes to a close and we prepare for the beginning of another, we are reminded in Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  So we will place our faith in God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who redeems and sustains us through seasons of great joy as well as moments of sadness.  We hope you will join our committee in praying for both the Grant family and the Beachams as they follow God’s call.

In grace and peace,
Elizabeth O’Quinn
Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair
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Moving Day for Pastor Karl
Saturday, 13 May 2017

Moving Day will be June 27 when I will become senior pastor of Queen St. UMC in Kinston. Please keep us and all families of moving pastors in your prayers.