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  • Writer's pictureTiffani Johnson

Surprise for our beloved Pastor Elston



Dear Church Family and Friends:

As you know these are very challenging times. The Lord has given Brightwood Park UMC and Albright Memorial UMC a wonderful pastor who works hard to serve our congregations and their communities well. He deserves our support. We are planning a Surprise Drive By on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 3PM at:

Truesdale Education Campus Parking lot on 8th Street

800 Ingraham Street NW

Washington, DC 20011

(One Block from Brightwood Park UMC)

The Bible instructs us in 1 Thessalonians 5:12 to “Make sure that you show your deep appreciation for those who cherish you and diligently work as ministers among you.” And, Galatians 6:6 says, “The one who receives instruction in the Word should share all good things with their instructor.” To help us fulfill this biblical call to bless Pastor Gerald Elston, Sr., our churches are participating in the national Bless Your Pastor movement in conjunction with Pastor Appreciation Month.

So, we invite you to join us in prayerfully reading through the list of 50 Creative Ways to Bless Your Pastor. It is our desire that God will help all of us to share some of our time, talent, treasure and good things God has given us to show our appreciation and care for our pastor and his family.

For those of you who are willing and able, we would also like to take this opportunity to bless our pastor with a special offering. Please drop your cards, gifts and Love Offerings on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Surprise Drive By. You can also mail in or drop in your offering any time at the respective churches or address listed. Checks should be clearly marked for Pastor Appreciation or made out to Pastor Gerald Elston.

Brightwood Park UMC Vanessa Robertson

744 Jefferson Street NW OR 5414 14th Place

Washington, DC 20011 Hyattsville, MD 20782

NOTE: I will also take CashApp and add your name to a group card --

$VanessaSRobertson Cell: 240-271-4150

Albright Memorial UMC Betty Johnson

409 Rittenhouse Street NW OR 504 Peabody Street NW

Washington, DC 20011 Washington, DC 20011

Feel free to include a special note of thanks to the pastor.

We love you and are grateful that you are part of our extended church family. We look forward to how God is going to work in all of our lives as we continue to grow in our generosity and joy in giving.

Please contact either of us if you have any questions or problems.

Yours in Christ,

Vanessa Robertson

Brightwood Park SPRC Chair

Angela Pooler

Albright Memorial SPRC Chair


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