A Note From Pastor Hedy

This past Sunday was “Announcement Day” throughout the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church, when churches learn if their pastors have been reappointed to serve for another year, or are being moved to a different church. In our worship services this weekend, we announced that I will be moving to serve as the Senior Pastor at First UMC of Coral Gables. My last day at Plantation UMC will be Sunday, June 16th.

It has been an incredible honor to serve alongside you. Although my time in Plantation was significantly shorter than planned, I feel profoundly blessed by these past three years!

An important part of how I understand my call as a pastor is to go where I am sent and where my skills can be used for the Kingdom. I am grateful to Bishop Ken Carter, District Superintendent Cynthia Weems, and the Cabinet who appointed me to Plantation in 2016. I trusted in their discernment then, and do so now as well, knowing that each year they take on the unenviable, challenging task of matching the needs of congregations throughout Florida with the gifts of pastors within the Conference. Occasionally that process necessitates calling a pastor who has not requested a change to make the move to a new church. (To read an article by Bishop Carter on the appointment process, click here.)

At the same time that I am personally grieving leaving this family of faith, I am also happy about the appointment of Rev. Dr. Marta Burke as your new Senior Pastor, beginning in July. I have known Marta for many years, and she is the type of person I would want as my own pastor! She is brilliant, delightful, thoughtful, and funny. (I’ll let her further introduce herself in her video attached below!)

I would ask you to pray for our congregation and staff through this time of transition, and to pray for Marta and her husband Dan as they say goodbye to their community in Hobe Sound and prepare to make the move down to Plantation. Please also pray for me and Chuck as we prepare to transition down to Miami-Date County and to joyfully meet our brothers and sisters in Christ in Coral Gables! We thank you.

I have learned that it is more than possible to be both full of grief and enormously hopeful. I love you, am praying for you, and will miss you more than words can say! In the midst of it all, I have not the tiniest bit of doubt that God will continue to work powerfully through this vital, strong family of faith in Plantation!

In Christ’s love,

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Rev. Dr. Marta Burke