Dear Westview Family

The following announcement was made during our Sunday service May 10th” Bishop Bill McAlilly and the Nashville Area Cabinet of the Tennessee/Memphis Conferences worked prayerfully together to make missional appointments to every church in our Annual Conference. As Chairperson of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, I give thanks for the ministry of our pastor, Tom Pierce, who has been a servant leader among us. As he moves to his new appointment, we will continue to pray for him. Our church will receive Rev. Todd Kelly as our new pastor. He will lead us in worship for the first time on Sunday, August 2. Let us pray now and through these coming weeks for this transition in our church. I have enjoyed serving as your pastor for the last five years. We have had our ups and downs but I truly believe that Westview UMC is in a position to explode into the future. Numbers may be down but Spiritual growth has been taking place. Westview UMC has never been more involved in the community than it is now and we are becoming known for that. While attending a soccer game, last fall, a person asked me where I pastored. When I told him Westview UMC he replied, “The Boy Scout Church!” Others have complimented me on how involved we are in helping people and organizations. We’ve paid bills, counseled, hosted, and loved all we could. We have become the hands and feet of Christ in our community. Then COVID-19 happened. The isolation made us realize that we are the church! The building is simply where we meet. We go forth and serve and that has continued throughout this period of social distancing. We have gone to the store and shopped for people with compromised immune systems and those at risk. We have worked with people struggling with the anxiety of the times. We have continued to reach out in love offering a new food pantry box. These are all signs of the Spiritual growth that has taken place within our congregation. I will miss serving as your pastor yet I am excited for the opportunities God is providing as I go to a new charge. I will continue to pray for you and ask that you pray for me. I hope that you will continue to grow spiritually and numerically into the future under the skilled leadership of Rev. Todd Kelly. Move date is currently set for July 28th and Rev. Kelly’s first Sunday will be on August 2nd .

With God’s Blessings, Pastor Tom

April 2020

Dear Westview Family and Friends,

We are living in a very strange and troubling time. Anxieties are high, people are worried, and we are unsure what to do. God tells us not to worry. We need to remember that God is in control and set our sights on what we can do to love God and love our neighbors. Right now loving our neighbor looks different for people in various positions. Doctors, nurses, and medical workers are working very hard to treat sick folks and that is their love. For most of us our way of showing love is to keep a social distance from each other so that we do not spread the virus to those most vulnerable to complications.

With this in mind, Bishop Bill McAlily has asked us to not have in person worship through the end of April. This has broken my heart as I truly enjoy seeing you all in worship and believe that we are better together. We have had virtual worship online for the past several weeks and are working on ways for more people to see the services. Currently if you do not have internet you need to call 312-626-6799 and when prompted enter 964764271.

I am praying for each of you. If you have specific prayer concerns please feel free to email me at pastor@westviewumc.org or call 615-799-0250 and leave a message.

Blessings,

Pastor Tom