Dear Suamico UMC members and friends,
I like the saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” I had a plan to stay at Suamico UMC longer. But God seems to have had a different plan for Suamico UMC as well as for me. I have loved Suamico UMC and each and every one of you.
Cindy and I have been very fortunate to have been a part of this fine congregation. I will never forget how thankful I was when I saw how hard the Trustees and the volunteers worked to prepare the parsonage before we moved in. Whenever there was a problem in the sump pump in the basement, the Trustees team came and fixed the problem quickly and pleasantly. What did I do to deserve their love and support?
Our excellent Administrative Assistant, Tina, welcomed me, saying, “I will make you the happiest pastor in the world.” Her upbeat and bright spirit brightened the whole church office. Her work, especially her publication of the most beautiful newsletters, made me look good.
Suamico UMC should be proud of being an active church with many ministries and fun activities: Worship committee team, media team, music team, finance team, Caring ministry team, Scrip Card team, youth group ministry, Faith Finders, Friends of Patricia, Seasoned Seniors luncheon, Chicken Booyah, Fall Dinner, Adult Dinner Out, confirmation students, mission team, EPH ministry, UMW, women’s Book club, just to name few.
I want to thank SPRC for their wisdom, encouragement, and support. I will fondly remember a kind church lady who gave me dozens of farm fresh eggs. Some gave me venison sausages, sent me encouraging cards, and emailed me friendly and kind emails. I also want to thank you for teaching me to become a better pastor.
I also want to thank pastor Pat Green and pastor Randy Richter for their support and encouragement. They have been my mentors and cheer leaders.
I feel I owe an apology to you for not being successful in growing the church in membership and in finance. I hope and pray that God will provide Suamico UMC a better pastor that Suamico UMC deserves.
When God closes a chapter of our life together, God opens a new chapter for a better future for Suamico UMC.
Thank you and God bless you all! With much gratitude! Pastor Jerry Cho