How do you write a letter that can cover everything that has happened in the past seven years? I don’t know if I can, but I do want to share some of the things that I love about Forest Hills UMC.
It is undeniable that when you walk through the doors on Sunday mornings that you will be welcomed by a lot of smiling faces and warm conversation. I can tell you that this is not true of every church you walk into. Your welcome makes you special, continue to be a place of welcome to those who need a place to belong.
When you are a part of Forest Hills, you are a part of a close knit family. There are so many connections and stories of how people have shared life together. While so many amazing things have happened, don’t lose sight that so many more are to come; keep making memories.
There are few churches who are as open and excited to have all ages lead. Forest Hills embraces people of all ages and stages to lead in worship, music, mission, and so much more. It is your willingness to allow young people a place to practice and be the church that will continue to develop amazing leaders from the congregation as it has in the past. Continue to listen to the young people as they have a pulse on what our community needs.
Forest Hills has always been a place of mission, not only locally with 61st Ave, Habitat for Humanity, Pack-N-Praise Bags, and Tutoring at Norman Binkley; but also through mission work at A.I.M., youth missions, and the Bahamas.
I am encouraged by the life and energy that Kristin has already brought to the church. My prayer is that you will all step up and use your gifts to continue to the amazing work of Forest Hills. Open your eyes to the needs of our community and find ways to meet people where they are; and there you will find Jesus.
Thank you for opening your arms to Joanna and I and for the grace and love you have showed us over these years of ministry together with you. Thank you for these amazing seven years, and I cannot wait to see what you do next.