Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Things have been busy, with lots of changes going on in our lives. The biggest change: Joe and I will be moving to a new church at the end of June. I will soon be the pastor of Eastview United Methodist Church in Whitehall, OH (aka Columbus, for those not from this part of Ohio). I have had the privilege of serving the wonderful people at Hopewell UMC in Groveport, OH for the past 4 years and will be sad to say goodbye to them, yet excited about the new possibilities God is opening up before me. It is a very surreal time in life, living in two different worlds at the same time. I am leaving, but am still present. Very odd dynamic. I don't mind change (though I do mind all the boxes around our house, mocking me about how much packing still remains undone); it is just the transitions between something old and something new--the prolonged "goodbyes", in this case--that make me weary, and sad. A special line from a favorite hymn keeps running through my mind: "O Thou who changest not, abide with me". If anyone still reads this blog and wants to remember me, Joe, Hopewell UMC and Eastview UMC in your prayers, we'd greatly appreciate it!!!

note: I haven't been blogging in quite a while and, in fact, have been pondering taking the blog down for a couple reasons: 1) because I have not done a good job keeping up with it and it has, consequently, become one more thing to feel guilty/stressed/worried about and 2) the amount of spam comments on here (the vast majority in Chinese) that I have to filter through is becoming incredibly annoying. But, there is something about this blog that I just can't turn my back on completely. So, here I am again...at least for now ;-)


paul said...

Re: move. Congratulations. I've only moved once, but it was an exciting and difficult time. Use it to say goodbye and to re-invent yourself. There is no easier time to do that than right now.

Re: blog. don't stress, but blog more. :)

Tina Dietsch Fox said...

Thanks, Paul!

I am really excited about the chance to start over. I have learned a lot of things from being a first time senior pastor. I have made some really stupid mistakes and also done some things well. It is fun to start somewhere new, knowing better what it means to be a pastor than I did when I first started out. Experience is a great asset!

I will blog more ;-)

Anonymous said...

Good luck Rev. Fox. We will miss you and feel blessed to have had your leadership and insight for four years.

And, yes, there are those of us out here that read your blog but may not always comment.