Rev. Joe Cobb has announced his resignation as Pastor of MCC of the Blue Ridge, effective May 31, 2017. As we acknowledge our grief in this transition, we are also committed to creating a healthy transition for the church. In this spirit, the Board of Directors will be posting regular updates on the Pastoral Transition. We encourage all who are connected to the church to be engaged in this process, sharing your questions, concerns, prayers, support and encouragement.
May 11 Update:
During this transitional period, the Board is pleased to announce that Rabbi Kathy Cohen will be preaching on Sunday, May 28, to begin our season of transition, and that our In-Care Student Clergy, Rhonda Thorne, will be our guest preacher for June. Reverend Jenny Call, Chaplain at Hollins University, will be our guest preacher for July.
May 4 Update:
The Board confirms that Rhonda Thorne, our in-care Student Clergy, will be preaching during the month of June, and Rev. Jenny Call, Chaplain for Hollins University, will be preaching during the month of July.
We continue to be in prayer and conversation with Rev. Pressley Sutherland and the MCC Office of Church Life and Health in identifying a person to serve as our Transitional Pastor.
April 27 Update:
April 23 Update:
The Board will be meeting on Sunday, April 23, with Rev. Pressley Sutherland, Associate Director of the MCC Office of Church Life and Health to discuss beginning steps in the process. Following this meeting, the board will share information with the congregation on these next steps.
Jeff Yates, a board member, is working with a committee in the church to plan farewell activities for Rev. Joe. Please stay tuned to updates on these events.
We lift our congregation and Rev. Joe in prayer during this time of holy transition.