2018-06-14 / Living

Flushing United Methodist Church Prepares to Say “Farewell”

FLUSHING — Flushing United Methodist Church prepares to say “Farewell” and celebrate, to the glory of God, the ministry of Pastor Debbie Line Yencer, as she moves on to the next phase of life in retirement.

Debbie’s career as a pastor has been her second career, which started with the support of Trinity UMC in Lapeer, as she answered God’s call and entered Asbury University to begin her education. Six years later she was appointed to Seymour Lake UMC where she “shepherded for 10 years.”

For the next 5 years, Debbie served at Davison UMC, where she met, fell in love with, and married “the best pastor spouse one could be,” Ron Yencer. Shortly after their glorious union, they moved to Flushing UMC where they have served, to the Glory of God, our community.

Debbie’s pastoral leadership has seen her lead in building projects at the church, create multiple worship services, grow together with congregations in becoming deep disciples of Christ, reach out to families, learn to minister in new ways, grow in God’s love, grieve with many from our communities who have gone on to everlasting life and face the “challenges in understanding who we are in this tumultuous world we live in. Yet we grew in God’s grace and depth of knowing what being Christ-like is really about.”

Debbie’s leadership has not only been evident in the communities she has served and the congregations she has guided and taught, but also in other areas of Christian service and leadership, such as serving on the Board of Emmaus and Chrysalis communities, Board of Discipleship, District and Conference Board of Ministry; and speaking at various churches and events such as Bayshore Camp and District United Methodist Women gatherings. She has led the preparation of servants who make a difference in their families, communities, work places and the world by knowing, sharing and emulating Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our communities are thankful for Debbie’s love and leadership and grateful for her urging, challenging, teaching and loving. We know God has a plan for her and Ron, and we support and pray for their new path, one of leading yet another community of friends in a small church in the Mt. Pleasant area. We give thanks and pray for whatever God has in store on the journey forward as Debbie and Ron prepare to move ‘up north’ and enjoy “semi-retirement” together in the service of God. – Submitted by Kristina Supernaw, FUMC Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee chairperson

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