Changes Are Coming

Changes are coming! In June, Eric will be continuing in ministry, but not at PUMC. Pastor Bill will retire after 14 years with us. We’ll miss them both.  I’d say we are lucky to have a replacement, but the truth is, you don’t replace people – especially people like Bill and Eric.  We do, however, have a new pastor coming, blessed by God, chosen by the cabinet and approved by your board.  Not coming to REPLACE anyone, but to use her unique gifts to help us continue as a congregation, growing in love of God and love of neighbor. I’d say we are lucky to have a replacement, but the truth is, you don’t replace people – especially people like Bill and Eric.  We do, however, have a new pastor coming, blessed by God, chosen by the cabinet and approved by your board.  Not coming to REPLACE anyone, but to use her unique gifts to help us continue as a congregation, growing in love of God and love of neighbor.

Linda Grimes, PUMC Board Co-Chair

 

The following is a letter from Rev. Erin Martin, District Superintendent for Columbia District of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference United Methodist Church:

April 5, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Parkrose United Methodist Church:

Greetings! This morning it is my privilege to share the news that it is the intention of Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference to appoint Rev. Emma Donohew to your church effective July 1, 2016. Emma currently serves Green Lake UMC in Seattle, WA. She also coordinates the North End United Methodist Network of United Methodist Churches in North Seattle. Emma is currently a Provisional Elder in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference.

Emma earned her Masters of Divinity degree from The Pacific School of Religion in California in 2012, and she has served churches previously in Seattle. Emma is especially skilled in experimental ministries, community engagement and evangelism. She and her dog, Molly, will be relocating to the Portland area, and I know that you will enjoy your ministry together.

I want to also take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to Rev. Bill Gates, who is retiring this year, but who has served your congregation these past fourteen years. Your work together has been fruitful, and I hope you will find opportunities in the coming months to celebrate the role that Bill has played in the life of your church.

Finally, I want to thank Bob Rodgers and Linda Grimes and members of your Single Board. Together, they have served your congregation well as we met to make this new appointment. I look forward to working with everyone at Parkrose UMC in the future. The Bishop, cabinet, and I will continue to hold you all in our thoughts and prayers in the coming months as you and Emma move into ministry together.

Blessings,

Rev. Erin Martin