We thank Newell and Anne Smith for 18 wonderful years of service as District Superintendent on the Philadelphia District. They have been pastor to pastors and a gentle shepherd to the people across the district and will be greatly missed. God bless you in your retirement!
Letter from the Smith Family
I want to begin by expressing appreciation to you and your congregations for your participation in our wonderful retirement celebration. We couldn’t have expected anything more and feel so blessed to have been a part of this District for the past 18 years.
We have lost the Prayer Partners’ list so would you please convey to individuals in your congregation that we would appreciate a continued interest in their prayers during this time of transition. Please pray also for Pastor Kerry and Kim Willis as your District leaders and the transition that they are facing as well. Eastern Nazarene College’s Commencement is this weekend and the school needs your prayers as they look for their next President. Rich Collins has been undergoing further tests and treatments for issues that have resulted from his battle with cancer. The good news is that there appears to be no further spread of the cancer at this time. Continue to pray for Pastor Wesley Tink and family in the sudden loss of his sister, Bonnie. Also, we lost one of our Deacons and wife of Rev. Milton Akey, Sharon, a couple of weeks ago. Another former pastor on the District who is retired in the York (PA) area lost his wife. Rev. Carl Baker pastored at West Chester (PA) back in the 1960s.
We received so many gift cards and other financial gifts that, if we took the time to try to respond to each one individually, we would never be able to complete our packing and move to Florida. Once again, if you would express our appreciation to your people for their generosity, we would appreciate it.
It looks like I am still “on the clock” until the end of this month but it is always difficult to say goodbye. We were overwhelmed by the number of people that attended the retirement celebration. It was understandably frustrating, however, not to be able to spend more time with our District family and guests. Hopefully, there will be other opportunities to cross paths in the future but, whether that happens or not, please be assured of our continued prayers.
With our gratitude,
Newell and Anne Smith