Dear Church Family,
In Ecclesiastes 3:1, we read, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
After much thought and prayer, I believe it is now time for a new season in my life. I have enjoyed my work at Providence in serving as the Minister with Children and their Families for more than 18 years. But now I feel a calling to a new phase of my life. I am retiring, not from ministry, but from this position, effective July 31, 2021.
As I think about my season at Providence, I feel much gratitude. You embraced Jay and our two young preschoolers with open arms when we arrived in 2003. Those little boys are now young men! You have shared the parenting journey with us and have loved and cared for Jackson and Jarrett. For that, I will be forever indebted to you.
It has been my joy to serve the children and their families in our congregation. I have loved celebrating births, dedicating babies, and watching the baptism of many of them as they chose to follow Christ. I have enjoyed many children’s sermons, and I take delight that adults now respond with their own “Good morning, Mrs. Julia!”
There have been camps, 18 years of Bible Drill and Bible buddies, and lots of fun times in Vacation Bible School.
This has not been my work alone. We have a host of faithful volunteers who love our children and teach them about Jesus. I am grateful for these volunteers who serve each and every week, who have worked to lay foundations of faith in the lives of our children. Our church is a wonderful place for children because of them.
Jay and I will continue to make Charlotte our home. And we look forward to worshipping and ministering with you in the days ahead.