Transitions at Mt. View
Earlier this spring we received the news from Bishop Oliveto and the Cabinet that Rev. Steve Warren has been transferred to First UMC in Ft. Lupton, CO and Rev. Sarah Merchant, as well, has been given a church posting in Stevensville, MT.
Mountain View has the opportunity to wish both Steve and Sarah best wishes for their new positions. We are celebrating their ministry based on the best dates for their transitions in June.
We’ll say goodbye to Sarah, Mac, Lydia and Spencer on June 23, after the summer worship service at 10:00 am. Sarah has been with Mt. View for four years and in that time completed her MDIV and was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in June 2018. We’ve been so lucky to have Sarah with us as she’s grown the Youth Group and the Care Ministries of Mt. View. Just a couple of the highlights of her ministry with us:
Connectional Confirmation: Confirmation participants from First United Methodist Church, Boulder and MVUMC teamed up for learning, fellowship and growing in faith.
Mission trips for youth: San Diego, Guatemala, Casper, WY, and this June – just before she packs up, Southeast Colorado.
Fearless Conversations: a class to open conversations and gain skills to talk about difficult issues. This broke ground for Mt View to engage with complex issues across many arenas.
June 30 will be Steve’s last day with Mt. View. We’ll celebrate his ministry following the combined outdoor worship service. Steve and Beth have been with Mt. View since July, 2011.
In that time, Steve has focused on bringing in new families and new members to Mt. View. He was instrumental in Sarah’s success with us, offering guidance as she navigated the rigors of the MDIV program. Along the way he has (to mention just a few):
“Developed and maintained an excellent, creative and accountable ministry team at all levels: office, pastoral, music, children’s, youth, and custodial.
Accomplished significant website upgrade
Tech upgrades throughout the church including Web-based computing and communications: Elexio, Gmail, Google Docs, and Calendar.
Complete A/V update in the Narthex and Sanctuary.
Championed Flood recovery efforts, garnering over $40k additional in grants from Conference and UMCOR funds
All apportionments paid at 100% over his tenure at Mt. View.
Welcomed new members, baptized adults and children, Confirmed youth and young adults, and performed weddings and funerals too numerous to count.”
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to members of the Mt. View SPRC Committee. Please come and join us for these days of celebration, as the Mountain View Community bids a “Hail and Farewell” and a very hardy Best Wishes.