To: My Hyde Park United Methodist Family
I am writing to thank you for the way you continue to make God’s Love Real in the lives of so many, including me! The end of my three-year term of service in Cape Town, South Africa serving with the Bishop Michel Hansrod and with Alan Storey at Central Methodist Mission is coming to an end. Yet, I am so happy to announce that I will be returning to my home state after fourteen years!
I joined Hyde Park in 1999. In 2004, fourteen years ago, I left for seminary at Duke Divinity School. After graduation, I was offered a one-year fellowship to look at religion and race which led me to Jackson, Mississippi. So much of my journey every step of the way has felt like monumental amounts of learning and I am so, so grateful for every post I have served from Jackson, to Gulfport, to Charlotte, to Cape Town.
I will be flying into Tampa on May 29 to prepare for my next appointment which will be in Miami Florida serving Killian Pines UMC and with District Superintendent, Cynthia Dee Weems in her office. I am very much looking forward to leading my own congregation and to the gifts and challenges this next chapter will hold.
I want to thank you so, so much for the prayers, for allowing me to share stories when I have traveled home, and for the financial support you have provided that afforded me this possibility to serve alongside our brothers and sisters in Cape Town, South Africa. May your generosity be multiplied a hundred-fold in the world around us in the same way it has been multiplied in my life. Please know that I am so, so grateful to be…
With you on the journey,
The Rev. Michelle Shrader