Kaneville United Methodist Church
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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March 9th, 2019

Dear Friends,

It is my great privilege to serve these last five years as the Pastor of Kaneville United Methodist Church. I am so gratified by the journey we have taken together and blessed to have been witness to your faithfulness and courage in the ministry.

I want to announced that effective July 1st, 2019, I am appointed by Bishop Sally Dkye and cabinet as a Pastor to First United Methodist Church in West Chicago, IL.

Effective that same date she will appoint a new person to pastor Kaneville congregation. I have been your pastor for five years and we have lived and learned together. Prayed and struggled, grown and changed over these years.

It has been my privilege to serve as pastor, friend, and partner in ministry. During my stay here, you have warmly received my family and we are forever thankful for that. I thank you for your encouragement, your love, and your support during my time at Kaneville. The experiences we have shared together have connected us in many ways, however, with this transition, I move from being your pastor to being a friend who serves another church within our conference. Even though my time as your pastor is coming to an end, I am excited about the opportunities before us, both in my new appointment and in the new pastor who will be coming here to serve here.

The strength and genius of the Methodist itinerant system is the ability to put the right people in the right places at the right time. I am confident that a remarkable person will be appointed here bringing the gifts and graces necessary to help lead this congregation towards our vision for the future. Times like this remind us that change is difficult, but change is a constant part of life. The good news is that change always brings new opportunities for growth and possibilities for greater ministry. I believe that God is fully in charge of this process and these changes. I am praying for your new pastor and for each of you during this transition. I also am asking for your prayers for my family, Sachin, Milan, and Shaan too. With God’s help, everyone involved in this process will be further strengthened for the common work of making disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world.

Let me address how that process will unfold. Soon our District Superintendent, the Rev. Jeffery Bross [who has been with us for charge conference], will meet with our Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee [SPPR] to consult about the needs of the congregation given our short-term and long-term goals. Then he will bring that information to Bishop and Cabinet of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. As they assess the needs of congregations across the conference and the talents of its pastors they will be able to identify the person best equipped to lead the congregation into the future you envision. SPPR will be introduced to that person by Rev. Jeffrey Bross. Then an announcement about the appointment will be made on a Sunday morning.

Let me say now that whomever that person turns out to be, they will indeed be very blessed. If you have questions about the process and the transition you can speak to Lisa Vanatta, Chair of SPRC. Her email is lvanatta@metlife.com, or you can contact me at 630-696-7817.

As I said, all of this is effective July 1.

I am still your pastor until then we have lots of work to do. The Gospel still needs to be proclaimed. I am looking forward to preaching the sermon series “ Busy- reconnecting with unhurried God” during Lent. We will be plenty busy these next few months and this is not yet the time for goodbyes.

As always, in hope and confidence,

Rev Avani Christian

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