Announcement from Pastor JC

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...
I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43

Dear Takoma Park Presbyterian Church Community,

As you well know, times of transition often feel like making a way through the wilderness. Yet as the prophet Isaiah reminds us, God's steadfast love and promise of redemption sustain us even during times of uncertainty. I have seen your faith in this your faith in God as you, as a community of faith, have navigated the ongoing transition in the life of your congregation. And I trust God's steadfast love will carry you forth.

I write to share the bittersweet news that I will be leaving Takoma Park Presbyterian Church to take a call as the installed Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven, Connecticut. Though I am excited for what is ahead, I am sad to leave this community. God is doing a new and exciting thing here, and I regret not being able to see it through with you (you'll be hearing from your Session soon about those details). However, after much discernment, I am being called to this position that will provide stability and support for my family, as well as professional and spiritual fulfillment. Please know that I welcome the opportunity to provide further explanation should you have questions. My last Sunday with you will be Sunday, August 20.

During my time at Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, you have taught me immeasurable lessons on the love of God in the world. Your commitment to community, to learning God's Word, to loving God and loving your neighbor bears witness to a God of Love, Hope, Peace and Joy and I am honored to have served as your pastor, even if for only a little while. I look upon my time here with nothing but deep gratitude, love, and admiration. May you continue to grow in your faith, to deepen your relationships within the community, and in time, listen for God's calling to serve in the world with boldness and love.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Jocelyn (JC) Cadwallader



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