[mary jacobs - director of lay ministry]The Staff–Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) of Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) invites you to the retirement celebration for Mary Jacobs, our Director of Lay Ministries. The barbecue/potluck will be held at the church on Saturday, June 28, at 6:00 P.M., after the 5:00 service.

Mary has been our Director of Lay Ministries for the last twenty-two years. In effect, Mary has created this position! Many members have come into the church under her gracious mentoring abilities. We have benefited as Mary has encouraged us—individually each of us has grown, having been challenged to witness in new and different ways; as a community we have grown as others have shared their talents with the congregation. Mary has been a moving force in the creation of the Stephen Ministry program. She also lovingly manages the sharing of communion with those who are homebound. A home or hospital visit from Mary makes one feel so much better. As a matter of fact, just sharing a moment with Mary in her office or the hallway at church brightens anyone’s day!

If you wish to share a note of appreciation with Mary, a special sheet of stationery has been included in this mailing. Also, if you wish to contribute to the love gift for Mary, make your check out to CUMC. Please submit your note of appreciation and/or monetary love gift to the church office by the day of the retirement celebration, Saturday, June 28.

For the barbecue/potluck on Saturday, June 28, at 6:00 P.M., you may want to bring hot dog/hamburger buns, some meat to grill, and a dish to pass. Lemonade, water, coffee, and cake will be provided. The grilling will take place on the south lawn (weather permitting), but the “roasting” and food and entertainment will take place in Fellowship Hall. The SPRC would like to know the following:

  1. How many family members plan to attend?
  2. Will you bring a grill to the south lawn?
  3. What do you plan to bring as the “dish to pass?

Categories include salad, hot dish, fresh fruit, or cookies. The sign-up sheets are located in the Hospitality Hallway on the second floor and the church office.