Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! I am excited, honored and humbled to begin serving as pastor at Milan: Marble Memorial UMC! Having been active on the Conference Committee on Youth Ministry while in high school I attended Annual Conference and remember hearing of Milan as a ‘Spotlight Church’ which means you are serious about ministry in Milan as well the world! You have been served by some wonderful pastor’s (The Rev,’s King Hanna, the Goudies, Kristie Sigal and others including, of course most recently Bob Miller). Serving God as a pastor is humbling; being appointed to a church with a rich history of involvement in ministry with such wonderful pastoral leadership is even more humbling – and exciting.
You know how to welcome a pastor! A big thank you to all who brought or had us (my parents were here for several days) over for meals, worked on the beautiful parsonage inside and out, provided answers to my many questions (more will come), offered to take me on a tour of the area, and did, and will do, so many other things to make me feel welcome. You certainly demonstrated radical hospitality!
As you likely know, Marble Memorial is in the midst of not only a pastoral transition but you accepted a new ‘ministry plan’ May 20th! Exciting! Great way to reach new people and enrich each of our relationships with God! Also, scary. I firmly believe God is present through all this change – and always. As I already said, I am excited, humbled and I will admit a little scared, or awed may be a better word, to be a part of this adventure which you have been on for some time.
I had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the Vital Church Initiative Consultation event on April 21. Again, you were very welcoming! Many of you introduced yourself to me that day. I have seen some of you since and you have been very gracious in saying your name again. I struggle with names! You can help me with this by saying your name when we met until I call you by name. Feel free to give me a few moments and let me struggle as I try to learn all of your names. Thank you for helping me!
I believe you received an introductory letter about me a few months ago. If not, it is re-capped on a bulletin board in the upstairs hallway at the church. In short, my faith has been nurtured my whole life as I was baptized at about 6 weeks old. I am a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. After working as an OT for 4 years I responded to God’s call to go to seminary and pursue pastoral ministry. Church camp has been a big part of my faith walk. I was first appointed to Gwinn UMC in 1995 and was there 11 years. I then went to Gladstone: Memorial UMC for 4 years and Cass City UMC for 8 years.
My family includes my parents, who reside in Kalkaska, my sister and her husband from Flint, their daughter, her husband and their 6 and 8-year-old boys, my brother and his wife in Omaha, NE, their son in CT, their daughter in NYC and their daughter, her husband and their daughter in Omaha – and another child is expected in January!! Living with me in the parsonage is 5-year-old Tigger – the cat. He was found in a (Cass City) church member’s garden but they couldn’t keep him. He is definitely my ‘fur baby’ and did much better in the move than I thought he might. A special thank you to Ann Gee for offering to feed him whenever I am away!
Again, thank you for the warm welcome. I look forward to getting to know you and implementing our new ministry plan and ‘making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world’ as we live our vision ‘to be an inviting community of God’s love and grace, sharing our faith in Jesus Christ, celebrating diversity, while empowered by the Holy Spirit to live the truth of the Bible.’
See You Sunday! … Pastor Jackie Roe