During worship on Sunday, September 19th, we joyfully welcomed the following people into full membership of our congregation!  Be sure to introduce yourself to them when you can.  We give God thanks for these brothers and sisters in Christ.

Fredrick William (Buzz) Barry grew up in Worcester.  As a young boy he was very active in the Catholic Church.  When the Korean Conflict began, he enlisted in the army and became a medic. After his discharge he raced stock cars for 3 years.  He became a truck driver and was on the road for 38 years. During that time, he was in the Teamsters Union and an officer for 21 years. He retired in 1996 and was able to travel all over the world. He married Cookie in 2002. Together they share an extended family of 12 children, 25 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  He loves when any family is near and fortunately, they are quite often! 

Emily A. Earl is the daughter of Robert and Meryl Earl, and the mother of Lillian and Isabelle Grever.  She is originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ and now resides in North Chatham.  She has been in the nursing field since she was 23 years old (now 38) and works for Broad Reach Nursing at Liberty Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehab! Emily hopes to continue her education and in the next few years complete her CNA to LPN-RN journey! A few things she loves includes: Her family, her friends, and her faith, knitting and all forms of art – but especially fiber, being outside in nature, hiking, working out, swimming, day trips, taking adventures to new and old restaurants, watching British period dramas and historical movies and series.  Emily also loves reading and writing poetry, listening to podcasts, writing out loud and MUSIC.  She thanks us all for inviting and including her as a member of the Methodist Church.  She says she is “finally home” in her faith and is so excited to continue as an official member.  She sends all her hope and love.

Susan A. Glass grew up as a Baptist in Norfolk, VA, where she was one of six siblings in a Navy family, and where she ultimately met her husband, Bill. Susan relocated to the New York area after marrying Bill, and just retired following a very varied career as a registered nurse, having worked as a hospital nurse, a private duty nurse, an industrial nurse, a corporate nurse at Macy’s (where she marched in two Macy’s parades!), and most recently as an oncology nurse.  Susan is an avid reader – at least one book a week – and enjoys long walks, staying in touch with family and friends on social media and visiting the beach as often as she can!

William O. (Bill) Glass Jr. grew up in Lexington and was baptized in the Greek Orthodox Church. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, he was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy. While on duty in Norfolk, VA, Bill met his future wife, Susan. After finishing his Navy service, Bill returned to  Northwestern to earn a master’s degree in advertising and then married Susan in the St. John’s United Methodist Church in Norfolk. Bill then began a long career in advertising and marketing in the New York area and settled in CT where he and Susan raised Virginia, now 32, and Eric, now 29. Bill retired from the Navy Reserve in 2003 as a Captain – the same rank held by his dad – and from the marketing business in 2013. Over the years he has been very active in Rotary, the American Legion, and his Methodist churches in New Canaan, Wilton, and Westport, CT. He also enjoys sailing, reading, playing tennis, and rooting for all the Boston sports teams!

Hyacinth Lawrence was born in Jamaica and moved to Massachusetts from Florida for health reasons.  She was at the Windsor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in South Yarmouth for 3 ½ years before moving to her current home in South Dennis, where she has lived for the past 3 years.  Hyacinth was baptized this past summer at Scargo Lake in Dennis.  She likes music, loves to cook, enjoys her pet bird and fish, and has several favorite television shows, including some from Africa, the Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, and Walker, Texas Ranger!

Joy Edith Mueller was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts where she attended the Union United Methodist Church.  She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UMASS Dartmouth and a master’s degree in Statistics from Iowa State University.  Joy met Pastor John when he was appointed to the Fall River church.  Together, they spent 9 years at Union followed by 7 years at Calvary UMC in Arlington and 12 years at Trinity UMC in Springfield before coming to South Yarmouth.  Joy has enjoyed volunteering at each church they have served – teaching Sunday School, organizing women’s events and intergenerational activities.  She has particularly enjoyed connecting the church with the wider community.  Joy works part-time for the New England Annual Conference as the Statistician, Registrar for Annual Conference, and a member of the Communications Team.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Foundation of New England.  Joy and John have 3 adult children:  Alicia (husband, Ben, and grandchildren, Norah, 13 and Elijah, 8), Jacob (wife, Mai) and Joanna.  In her free time, Joy enjoys hiking with John and their dog Bailey, working on their antique home, gardening, reading, spending time with family, and volunteering at the South Yarmouth UMC’s thrift shop.

Shirley S. Pillow was born a Methodist and active in the Methodist Church until her marriage.  She then became very active in the Presbyterian church for the next 60 years.  She was in the Women’s Circles, attended Bible studies, and even ran the congregation’s Thrift Shop.  Shirley has taught nursery school and elementary school.  She has also worked for Maersk, the Danish integrated shipping company.  She moved from New Jersey to the Cape to be closer to her daughter who lives in Sandwich.  Her son lives in Denver.  Shirley is living at Thirwood Place here in South Yarmouth now and likes gardening, reading, chair yoga and being involved in the life of the church.  

Rebecca (Becky) Renaud lives in South Yarmouth with her husband of 12 years, Philip Renaud and their two daughters, April (11) and Noella (9). Becky is a student of UMass Amherst’s Without Walls, along with being the Public Relations Coordinator for the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. She enjoys reading, writing, crafts, and walks with her family.