Editor’s note: On June 23, Milton United Methodist Church will bid goodbye to the Rev. Patrick Schultz, Brenda and Gracie as they leave for their new appointment in Franksville, Wis. Pastor Schultz has served in Milton for the last six years.
Milton UMC will have one worship service on June 23 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Following the service will be a time of fellowship and celebration as the church says goodbye to Pastor Schultz and his family and offer blessings in their new ministry at Franksville United Methodist Church.
Pastor Schultz has the following message to share, not only with his church but the community of Milton as well.
I want to take a moment to let you know how very blessed our family has been these last six years. From the moment we moved here in June 2007, we have felt welcomed and loved. And so much has been packed into these few years together! A move into a new church building; missions teams leaving for Alaska, Cleveland and South Dakota; the addition of a 4-K program; the growth in local missions programs like GIFTS and MOMEs; the launch of a second service; the welcoming of many new members and families – since 2007 we have received 118 new members. We have had 39 baptisms and 16 weddings. And we have said goodbye to some longtime members and community friends as well – 64 funerals conducted these six years.
For my family, we had the birth of Gracie shortly after moving here; a diagnosis and treatment of cancer for Brenda; the passing of my mom, Joanne, and Brenda’s dad, Harold; ordination; the first year of a doctoral program and much, much more.
You (the church and the community of Milton) have welcomed me into some of the most intimate moments of your life – sharing with me great difficulties as well as great joys. We have prayed together, laughed together, cried together, disagreed together and grown together. Together, we have had many opportunities to practice the grace, mercy, forgiveness and love Jesus Christ teaches us.
May God continue to bless you in your mission and ministry and relationships. May you continue to serve beyond the boundaries of your church walls. I know you will welcome the new pastor with as much grace and open arms as you did to me and my family.
The Rev. Patrick Schultz, Milton United Methodist Church