Transitions in the District

posted on June 30

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Transitions in the District
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,  and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
-Numbers 6:24-26

This priestly benediction from the Old Testament book of Numbers always gives me pause, and in times of transition it is especially touching. It is full of warmth, promise, and grace. It is a benediction offered to one or to many, to an individual or to the collective. Its last and probably most important word is “peace”. This is such an important word for our time, and it is truly a gift that comes from God’s own countenance. 
We face an unusually complex “Methodist transition” this week. While we worked hard to limit our moves for health purposes as the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold, we still had numerous transitions in the Northern Piedmont District that required our care. We say goodbye this month to some dear colleagues, and we have treasured our time with them:

  • Retiring: Chuck Halipilias, Dan Martin, Donald McCoy, Chris Thore
  • Re-entering Retirement: Carroll Carter, Pat Spicer
  • Seminary Graduates: Willie Murray, Nathan Webb
  • Serving Other Conferences: Carter Ellis (Great Plains), Donald Thomas (North Carolina)
  • New Posts in Northern Piedmont: Joseph Kim, Maria King, Tammy Ingram, Donna Strickland-Smith
  • To Catawba Valley District: Nathan Webb
  • To Metro District: George Coates, Tom Latimer, Alan Mears, Matt Smith, Jim Watford
  • To Uwharrie District: Jeff Martin, Rick Marson, Willie Murray
  • To Yadkin Valley District: John Fitzgerald

We also say a hearty thank you to Ed Armfield, Ron Cooper, Amanda Kidd, Tim James, and Jim Simonds, who have been serving among us but will not be appointed at present.  Maria King will stay with us in the District Office as Vitality Associate, but will also serve the Lee’s Chapel/Carraway Charge.
While we look forward to getting to know our new brothers and sisters, these friends are irreplaceable in our hearts and have been an important part of our mutual story as a district. May the Lord truly bless and keep them, may God’s sweet face shine upon them with grace, and may they feel God’s countenance upon them in their transitions, offering them peace in all things.
Bev Coppley

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