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