See below a message from Rev. Rushing about her change in appointment coming September 1. We will miss her dearly and we give thanks for her ministry. The leadership of our church, including the Staff Parish Relations Committee, are in consultation with our District Superintendent about how to proceed regarding the position. For now, Pastor Eric along with the rest of us are going to cover the needs as we take time to breathe, adjust, and discern the best possible decision for our future. This time of discernment will likely last through the end of the calendar year. As needs and opportunities are shared, please jump in, especially around the areas of congregational care and adult discipleship. This is a moment for us as the people of Chamblee Methodist to rise to the occasion to be in ministry together.

Sunday, August 28, you are invited to grab your BBQ after worship and head to the Fellowship Hall to express your appreciation to Pastor Stacey. She will also be preaching on Sunday, September 4 so you can take either of these opportunities to say “see you later” as Rev. Rushing turns this page to a new season of ministry for her and her family.

We are receiving a love offering to bless Pastor Stacey. If you would like to participate please click here and choose “Staff Love Offering.”

Dear Chamblee UMC,

I want to share with you that I have been named as the Director of the North Georgia United Methodist Housing & Homeless Council and will be appointed to this position on September 1, 2022. The Housing and Homeless Council is an agency of the annual conference which was created to help local churches and non-profits as they seek to be in ministry with those expe-riencing poverty and homelessness. This opportunity will allow me to witness the great work of congregations, like Chamblee UMC, across the conference as they seek to serve their neigh-bors and live out faith. It also provides a unique opportunity to continue answering my call while having greater flexibility and time to devote to my family. If you do not already know about the work of the North Georgia United Methodist Housing & Homeless Council I would invite you to read more on their website and consider how Chamblee UMC can become a part of this vital ministry.

While I am excited to step into a new season in my ministry, I have a heavy heart about leaving Chamblee First UMC. This community has been a home not only for me, but also for my family. You have welcomed all of us with open arms even as we weathered the unexpected reality of a global pandemic. It has been a privilege to serve alongside Rev. Dr. Eric Lee. His support, leadership and creativity have taught me so much and have given me great hope for the future of this congregation. The blessing of serving in a connectional system is knowing that this is not a “goodbye,” but a “see you later.” I look forward to seeing the ways our paths with cross in the future as we all seek to love God and one another.