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Pastor Melissa Accepts Pastorate at Countryside Christian in Winchester

Listen to Pastor Andrew’s Announcement at Sunday Morning Worship on January 21


Letter Issued by Pastor Andrew in the Afternoon:

It is with both a sense of joy, and sorrow, that I write to inform you that Pastor Melissa will be leaving us on February 18th to take up a position in her own denomination as the solo pastor of Countryside Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Winchester near Muncie IN.

We want to thank Melissa for the three and a half years she has been with us at Roberts Park. Initially focused on her role as the Daycare Director, her knowledge and skills helped reshape the Shalom Daycare and create the vibrant ministry that it is today. In her work as the Associate Pastor for Children’s and Family Ministry, Melissa oversaw the development of our Messy Church, Worship & Wonder, Trunk or Treat, and the numerous other events that reached out to our families in the daycare and downtown community. Her input to a number of the church Task Forces has been appreciated as well as her leadership of worship and her preaching.

Melissa and her husband John will be relocating to the Muncie area in the not too distant future. Roberts Park would like to acknowledge Melissa’s ministry with us through a gift to her. If you would like to contribute to that gift, then please mark any checks with, ‘Pastor Melissa’ on the comments line or hand it to Dick Smith, Rob Robinson or myself. The Staff Parish task force is working on a suitable time to formally say goodbye to Melissa and that information will be shared with you.

It has been a pleasure to work with Melissa, she is a hardworking, dedicated pastor with a heart for people and their development. Countryside Christian Church is going to receive a wonderful pastor. When the date of Melissa’s installation as pastor is known we will let you know. It would be nice if some from Roberts Park could attend.

I hope you will join with me in congratulating Pastor Melissa and wishing her and John all the very best in the future.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Andrew

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