Farewell planned for Sharma


Elke SharmaJACKSONVILLE -- The United Methodist Deaf Faith Congregation, the Brooklyn UMC, and the Tuesday Morning Clergy Covenant Group (all of Jacksonville) are combining efforts to hold a farewell reception for the Rev. Elke Sharma. Rev. Sharma is transferring back to her home conference – Oregon-Idaho – this summer. She has served as the pastor of the Jacksonville UM Deaf Faith congregation for several years while also offering leadership to IGRC’s deaf and hard-of-hearing ministries. In addition, Rev. Sharma has served as the part-time pastor of Brooklyn UMC for 2 years.

The reception will be held at the Brooklyn UMC, 865 S. East St., Jacksonville, on Sunday, June 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. A brief worship service will start the activities, with time given for personal memories and comments.
Persons unable to attend but would like to send greetings may do so by sending cards to: Rev. Elke Sharma, c/o Rev. Jean Hembrough, Centenary UMC, 331 E. State St., Jacksonville, IL 62650. You may contact Jean Hembrough (jeanh@jaxcentenary.org), Nancy Wood (njwood1222@yahoo.com), or Linda Trent (lindaytrent@gmail.com); or call the Centenary UMC office (217-245-8417).