Reflections on 34 Years of Ministry
As John and I were chatting the other day, we talked about the upcoming baptisms over which he will officiate prior to his retirement. Several of the candidates for baptism are children of those he baptized years before; and they, in turn, are the children of long term members of our church.
Three generations of members is certainly something to reflect on with pride. These generations have considered The First Presbyterian Church of Woodbury Heights to be their church and John Shedwick to be their pastor as have many new members who have joined with us.
As John looks forward to retirement, we are grateful for the 34 years that he has dedicated to our congregation; conducting Sunday services and bringing the word of God to us, performing weddings, visiting the sick, comforting those who have lost a loved one, guiding the officers and work of the Boards and with Dottie, participating in so many groups and activities.
In 2011 when I was honored for 50 years of membership in our church,
I spoke about how John, and Dottie as well, have been the fabric that held
our church together. This fabric has been vital to our congregation for
these 34 years. This fabric was woven as they worked with and for us and
He and Dottie have indeed made this fabric stronger over the years,
and in doing so, they have both prepared us all including long term
members, their children and grandchildren and newer members as we
move toward the future.
Thank you John and Dottie for being such an important part of our
church history. We wish you well as you enter the next wonderful stage
of your life. We will use the strength of the fabric that you worked so hard
with us to create, to lead us as we enter the next stage of our church life.