Thank You!

Notes from the pastor

Dear Front Street Church,
Two of the hardest days in the life of a United Methodist minister’s family, is the day they first arrive and the day they leave to move to a new appointment.  What makes this year’s move so unique is that I will not be taking a new appointment but will instead enter retirement.  Diana and I will begin a new and very different adventure together.  In some ways it is bittersweet.  We will leave behind many wonderful people we have grown to deeply love.  I will especially miss working with Patrick, our associate minister, and our wonderful staff.  But after thirty seven years I will finally be able to devote more time to the person I love the deepest, my wife Diana.  Together we are planning some wonderful adventures that include travel and spending time with our children and grandchildren.  And the best news is that we will not need a mover since we will finally remain in a home we love.
After receiving word that your new minister will be the Reverend Ross Carter my heart is at peace with my decision.  Ross brings a unique skill set that Front Street United Methodist Church needs.  He and his family will be a blessing to you.  My prayer is you will accept them with the same gracious spirit that you extended to us.
I have never liked saying good-bye but the fact that we will remain in Alamance County makes doing so a little easier.  I am sure we will cross paths again.  Some of you have asked where we intend to worship.  For now we plan to join our daughter and son-in-law at First UMC, Graham, but with two clergy in our family and a daughter who attends one of our former churches we also plan to worship with them. 
You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.  I am proud to be one of the former pastors of Front Street United Methodist Church.  And I am thankful for the opportunity to have shared this experience with you.  We will carry with us the many wonderful memories of our time with you, and pray that our time with you has strengthened your faith.
Thank you! 
Ray & Diana Wittman
Last Published: May 3, 2017 1:28 PM
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