Churches bid pastor farewell
WARREN — She celebrated the 150th anniversary of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Warren with the congregation, but now the Rev. Ann Marie Winters is leaving to serve as a Lutheran pastor at an Episcopal church in Troy.
The members of St. Paul Lutheran gathered Oct. 18 for a farewell to Winters, who served at the church since 2011.
Diana Bauman, who was among those who coordinated the farewell event that including signing a T-shirt and carryout cake, said the congregation gave Winters a clock, picture of Jesus and flowers.
The Sunday school children paraded down the main center aisle in the sanctuary and presented flowers to Winters and also sang “This Little Light of Mine.”
“It was very nice and very emotional for everyone,” Bauman said.
Winters said she remembers being involved in 2018 for the planning of the 150th church celebration that brought former pastors and members back.
“I remember all the wonderful suppers and beautiful worship services which have taken place here and all the energy of all the people here. One hundred fifty years is a great long time to be in service,” she said.
Bauman said the congregation was glad Winters was part of the 150th celebration.
Winters said she will serve as the new pastor at Trinity Episcopal Church in Troy. Winters will be part of a new venture between the Lutheran and Episcopal churches working at an Episcopal church while being a Lutheran pastor.