As it is written in the Liturgy for Times of Farewell in the UCC Book of Worship:
Our church family is constantly changing.
People come and go.
Babies are born.
Children grow up.
People commit themselves to one another.
Loved ones and friends among us come to the end of their lives.
Individuals move into our community and church life.
Others leave us, moving away to new places, new experiences, and new
It is important and right that we recognize these times of passage, of endings
By now most of you have read the news that Rev. Jim Thomas has accepted a call to become the Pastor of the Atkinson Congregational Church, UCC in Atkinson, NH. This is an exciting time for Jim and Lynn as they follow God’s call to this new place of mission and ministry.
We offer Jim our heartfelt best wishes in his time of transition. We are grateful for the light and leadership, laughter and challenge, expertise and encouragement that he has contributed to the life and ministry of our conference. We know he will make a great senior pastor because he has coached so many of our pastors and churches to be more responsive to God’s call.