This May, Pastor Nancy Lewis will be retiring from her full-time role as our pastor at FCC after nearly twenty-four years of faithful service to the Lord and to our congregation.
Since June of 1997, we have been greatly blessed by the ministry of Pastor Nancy and the fellowship of her husband Andy and their daughters, Ginger and Katie, here at FCC Oakland.
Over the course of her ministry with us, Pastor Nancy has served in many ministries of the church that care for every age and stage of our church family, from babies to seniors and all in between. She has faithfully served in multiple roles at FCC as our church has needed including as our Pastor of Congregational Care, Transitional Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor and Children’s Pastor.
As a church family we want to take some time to offer our thanks to God for Pastor Nancy and to let her know how much she means to us.
Here are three ways that we are preparing to appreciate Nancy:
#1 “Thank You, Pastor Nancy! Videos, Pictures, and Notes”
We have created a form where you can write a note of thanks to Pastor Nancy. We also have a link for you to upload a short video clip (three minutes or less) of your gratitude or share photos you may have with Pastor Nancy. You can also share a picture of yourself or your family for Nancy! These videos, pictures, and notes will be collected and shared with Pastor Nancy in away for her to be able to remember them.
The deadline for these messages, photos, and videos is Monday, April 19 for our team to have a chance to prepare them. Please don’t delay. We want everyone to have a chance to share a memory or a photo if they wish.
#2 Special Love Offering from our Church
You can contribute to a congregational retirement offering of gratitude for Pastor Nancy. This free-will offering will be collected by our church and given to Pastor Nancy in appreciation of her ministry and as a blessing for her to enjoy as she begins retirement.
If you are able to contribute above and beyond your regular giving to FCC, please join us in this generous gift! You can contribute by giving online on our dropdown menu “Pastor Nancy Retirement Offering,” or you write a check to First Covenant Church Oakland (memo: Pastor Nancy).
This particular offering is NOT tax deductible...but it’s SO worth it! Let’s be generous! Please aim to make your contribution by Sunday May 2, if possible.
Click here to go to our Give page.
#3 Mark your calendar for our service on May 2!
On Sunday, May 2, we will take time as a church to celebrate God’s faithfulness to us through our pastor. We will worship the Lord, celebrate Nancy, and hear her preach a special message for our church as she retires.
Please make sure you mark your calendar for this day to attend in person or to watch virtually online! Our registration for this event will open in mid-April so please continue to check our events pages on our app and website, and listen for our church announcements.
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