Thank you, Pastor Katie!

As you know, Pastor Katie has been reappointed to the Vine Church and will be leaving this summer after a wonderful 10 years with Burke UMC. We want to show our appreciation and love for Katie as she transitions!

Here are some ways you can plug into this farewell effort:













1) Farewell Car Parade: May 16 from 2-4 pm


We have planned a special COVID-friendly CAR PARADE in the BUMC parking lot, May 16 from 2-4 pm, and we need your help! Since every parade has decorated floats (or in our case cars), we are asking you to drive through and help us put on a show for Katie and her family.  You can do this just by driving through and wishing her well, but decorations DO make a parade so much more fun. 


If you are able and willing, you can decorate your car to signify a way you have been impacted by Katie. The memory of a special event you shared with Katie or a group or committee for which Katie convinced you to volunteer. A special message she shared that impacted your faith journey of just your life can be a tool for your visual expression.


You might decorate your car with baked potatoes signaling Women’s Suppers, cut out the letters W I S if you were a part of Women in Study, or cover your car with flower stickpins. Did you help move furniture or paint or stencil to brighten up our church walls? Maybe you recall a VBS or children’s ministry event and create a montage of your experience. Perhaps you were inspired by her scripture tattoo and got one for yourself. How about those Fourth of July rainy parades with “real” floats? Maybe you are a part of BSA scouts or have a fond memory of the Summer of Love and the car selfie station (remember when we all wore tie-dye to church and flowers in our hair)? Maybe you are inspired by the Christmas blow-ups and want to put a few on your car? Emcee for the Cambodia Tea? The Stations of the Cross? Woodworking holiday gift creations or wreaths? The thumbprint tree we made with our interfaith brothers and sisters? Or a story (like the fishbowl story) or sermon that changed the way you think about life or scripture or the love of Jesus (like a drawing of the milking stool reflecting the Wesleyan Quadrilateral). Any way you wish to express the love and memories you have with Katie are perfect. We'll see you there!


2) Love Offering

If you would like to give a love offering to Katie as she moves to her new appointment, you can write a check to the church or give through PayPal and we will use that money to provide a gift and monies for Katie and her family as a sign of our appreciation for her time serving Burke as both a staff member and pastor.

3) Video Messages

We're putting together a compilation of video messages full of gratitude and well wishes for Katie and would love for you to send in one of your own! You can record a message (keep it to around a minute or less) on your phone, laptop, or any other camera and then upload it HERE. The video will only be shared will be shared with Katie directly, not in any social media/public platforms. If you have any problems or need help, email Michelle at communications@burkeumc.org!

Please join us in praying for Katie and her family as they are going through

this exciting and busy season of transition!

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