On Sunday, Rev. Peggy Finch announced her retirement from full-time ministry. Peggy has been a familiar face around Memorial for many years. She began her time here as a member, choosing Memorial as her church home and the place she and David would raise their children. Some 20 years later, responding to God’s call on her life, she entered seminary to become an ordained minister. Peggy has faithfully served as your pastor for more than 20 years.

During the next several months there will be opportunities for us to recognize Peggy’s contributions to the church and the community and to celebrate her ministry among us.

Below is the announcement Peggy made during worship last Sunday.

“There have been some recent speculations about what plans for my future might look like. Some speculations have come directly to me and some by hearsay. But I want you to hear from me, from my lips to your ears. This past week a letter arrived for me from Bishop Leeland and the cabinet acknowledging and accepting my request for retired status. At the end of this conference year, June 30, I will be a retired Elder in my beloved Methodist church. This has not been a quick or easy decision for me. It has taken a long time to reach. It’s just time. It’s time.

“I will take the requisite time away per the Discipline, a time of at least three months. But you can’t get rid of me that easily. I will be back. Memorial will be my charge conference and will always be my church home.

“As my favorite medieval mystic, Julian of Norwich said so long ago, ‘all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’ And it will be, my friends, it will be.”

Stay tuned for special events to honor Peggy.