Greetings Members and Friends of South Yarmouth United Methodist Church!

I am very excited to be with you and to be able to share the journey of life and faith together.  I give thanks for the leadership and ministry of Reverend Ernest Belisle for the past four years and now for the opportunity God has given us to be in ministry together.  

I am especially grateful for everyone who offered leadership during this important time of transition; in particular for Elena Ghioto, the chair of SYUMC’s Staff Parish Relations Committee and all the committee members.  Elena was very helpful getting ready for the move and helping us begin our time at SYUMC. I am also grateful to Howard Heaton, our Lay Leader, for all the valuable assistance he has offered as I have started to “settle in” to this new position.  Finally, I am grateful to Ruby Ackert-Herzig, our secretary, for the time and energy she has put into welcoming me and helping me get oriented at SYUMC.

As you read this, we will have already shared a month of ministry together!  It has been fun worshipping with you, learning your names and getting to know you.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my very first beach services, as well as our “regular” worship services at 10 a.m.  It has been a pleasure to start working with Paul and Cheryl, who are very capable worship leaders.  It has been fun to begin visiting with different members of the congregation, to learn about the ministry of the Thrift Shop, to witness all the great improvements being done to our congregation’s building and to participate in the Annual Summer Fair!  My wife Joy and I are especially grateful to all those who helped make our Welcome Party on Sunday, July 21stsuch a special occasion.

As we have been enjoying these summer days, conversations have already started about getting ready for the fall.  In the article below, there is information about a series of upcoming “house meetings.” I hope everyone will consider taking part in one of these gatherings.  I have found meetings like this to be very helpful as we continue to get to know each other better and collectively listen for the direction of God’s Spirit through our shared conversations.  So, when an invitation comes, please prayerfully consider attending. Good participation will help us move forward into the future to which God is calling us.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve with you and enjoy the rest of this glorious summer season!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor John