God continues to have great plans for PVUMC as I am pleased to announce that on July 1, 2021 the Reverend Barbara Schaffer will be our new pastor. Some of you may remember that she attended our church for many years, and it is in our church that she received her call to ministry. During our appointment meeting with the SPRC committee on Friday Pastor Barbara stated, “I feel like I’m coming home!” She has pastored full time in three churches over the last 20 years. She is retiring from the First United Methodist Church of Shelton in June and moving to her house in Torrington, CT. She raised her two sons in New Hartford, CT and has many ties in the community. She has held various positions such as New Hartford Finance Department, a Volunteer EMT, CPR Instructor, President of PTO and Chair of American Red Cross. In her church ministries she has sat on many associations and boards such as UMARMY Safety Director, Town of Shelton, Drug Prevention Committee, Natural Church Development Coach, Conference Committee on Finance and Administration, and sat in on clergy associations in all three towns that she ministered in.
Pastor Barbara’s first service with us will be on Sunday, July 4, 2021. She is also looking forward to being a part of our PVUMC float in the July 5 parade in Pleasant Valley. We are excited to reconnect with Rev. Barbara and look forward to her leadship as we march into the future.