We bid loving and prayerful farewell to Kelly LePenske

Kelly is now concluding her ministry among us.

Dear Members and Friends of First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown,
Months before I started my ministry here I made a few decisions with support from our Session. The biggest decision was to hire Kelly LePenske. I’m sure I haven’t made a better decision. I knew Kelly from the year she served with me as a Seminary Intern at my previous congregation. When I realized that Dick Herman would be retiring shortly after I began, I knew I was going to need some help. I called Kelly and asked her if she had any interest in coming to Moorestown.
The Personnel Team then interviewed Kelly for a full-time position as a pastoral associate. They were impressed with Kelly. Once she started her ministry here, the rest of you discovered how gifted, wise and grace-filled Kelly LePenske is. Someone once wrote a book about people who either fill or empty buckets. The image suggests that we’re either regularly building up others or tearing them down. Kelly is a bucket filler and she never fails to fill the buckets of others with grace.
Kelly will soon marry Joey Sponseller. After the wedding, Joey and Kelly will settle in Brooklyn to begin their married lives. Kelly is now concluding her ministry among us. I’m so grateful for all the support and help Kelly has given our Staff, our whole congregation and me. My bucket is fuller because of her and I will dearly miss my friend and colleague.
Kelly’s last Sunday with us is May 2 when she will preach at both services. After the 11:00 a.m. Contemporary service, we’re planning a Drive-Through Farewell for Kelly in the Main Parking lot from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. You’re invited to drive to church to say farewell to her. We also want Kelly to know how much we appreciate her years of ministry with us. Monetary gifts should go directly to Kelly. Use the enclosed envelope to forward your love gift. NOTE: This contribution will not be included as part of your 2021 giving to the church and is not tax-deductible.
Please pray with me for Kelly and Joey for their new marriage and their future. Thank her for her ministry. Like all good gifts, Kelly has come to FPC Moorestown through the generous open-handedness of our gracious God. We thank him for Kelly!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Stuart Spencer, Pastor