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Dear Mayflower Members and Friends,

As we move into the beauty of a Michigan summer, I bring greetings from 2345 Robinson Road. Hopefully you received a letter from Rev. Mark and Lynn Barger Elliott sharing news they have accepted a call to serve as Co-Pastor Head of Staff of The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul, MN. As the book of Ecclesiastes teaches, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” In that spirit, I invite you to join the Church Council in celebrating 15 wonderful years of ministry with Mark and Lynn over the coming weeks as their last day at Mayflower will be June 30th. To help celebrate, I invite you to join in the following activities.

1. Zoom Coffee/ Happy Hours! Please watch your “News to Use” email for zoom links for times during the week where groups of Mayflower members and friends can share a virtual cup of coffee or glass of wine with Mark and Lynn and reminisce about our time together serving on church committees, confirmation, mission trips, etc. 

2. Cards and Gifts of Gratitude. If you would like to send a card and/or a gift to Mark and Lynn please send them to the church (2345 Robinson Road, Grand Rapids, MI 49506). Church policy is Mayflower cannot accept financial gifts on behalf of a staff member, therefore these would need to be made out to Mark and Lynn Barger Elliott. 

3. If events regarding COVID-19 evolve positively in the coming weeks so we can meet each other in person, know we are exploring such options as well to celebrate.

Finally, I am pleased to share the news Rev. Dr. Jonathan White has agreed to serve as our Interim Senior Pastor and will begin his work on July 1st. Your Church Council is working on a transition plan and will share an outline of next steps during our Annual Meeting on June 7th.

It has been a privilege to serve as your Moderator and I am grateful for your prayers and support.

In Christ, 
Barbara Hohman, Moderator 
616-459-6255 / office@mayflowerchurch.org
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-2:00pm