You may have noticed some new faces around Grace UMC!
While Pastor Kate is on family leave, Rev. Lee Fullerton will serve as the transitional interim pastor for our congregation. He will be with us until January, when a new pastor in charge will be appointed to lead Grace UMC.
Lee retired from the Embry Hills UMC church in June 2015, his last appointment after forty-three years of active ministry in rural, county seat, urban, suburban, and college congregations. Ten of those years were spent in extension ministry as a clinical chaplain in mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities (where not so oddly, his friends say, he always felt at home). He likes to say that working in psychiatric facilities was great training for being pastor in a local church. Lee and his wife Karen, who is the North Georgia Conference Benefits Officer, have three adult children and three grandsons.
I hope that you will join me in welcoming Lee as he begins his time with us. I know that you will enjoy getting to know him and Karen, as they journey with us in this time of transition.
In addition, I invite you to mark your calendars for this coming Sunday afternoon (Oct. 9), as Grace again celebrates Atlanta Pride. Join us as we share God's love for all at the Atlanta Pride Parade! Following our 11am worship service, we'll travel to St. Mark UMC, where we'll offer hospitality along the parade route. Family and friends are welcome! We will meet in the upper parking lot and travel over together.
Wear your Grace UMC T-shirt, if you have one!
Let's celebrate God's grace among us as we continue the powerful work of sharing God's love - in our congregation, and in our community!
Grace and peace,