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Ellen Dingwall will retire from the position of Minister of Congregational Life on the staff of Transfiguration. In her own words,

After nearly 20 years of serving our beloved church it is time for me to retire. It has been my privilege and joy to have worked alongside you and to have served Transfiguration and the Episcopal Church. I ask for your continued love, support, and prayers. You will always be in my prayers, and I thank God for each of you.

Ellen will complete her work the week of Ash Wednesday (mid-February). During her tenure, Ellen has worked in a variety of ministry areas. Most know her as our “chief welcomer,” the one who warmly greeted them at the door on their very first visit. She also developed a skill for connecting them with new friends and ministries, something that became known as “Dingwalling.” Numerous people have shared stories of how Ellen helped them quickly feel like Transfiguration could be their church home.

Ellen has also been passionate about outreach. One of her greatest legacies is the launch of our Food Distribution Ministry three years ago, which she has led along with Judy Drotman and Alan Justice. Today, that ministry provides substantial groceries to 25 families totaling nearly 100 people every month, but for Ellen, it’s always been about much more than food. Just as she does on Sunday mornings, she knows all the food pantry clients by name, asks after their families, and generously doles out hugs. Ellen has helped this ministry be an expression of God’s love.

It is that loving and generous spirit that we will celebrate on Sunday, February 4, when we will have a reception in her honor between the 9:00 and 11:15 services.

All are invited to join in this celebration and to contribute to a retirement purse to demonstrate our gratitude and affection for Ellen. You may donate over the next few weeks, and please be clear to notate on the check or envelope that your gift is designated for Ellen. Notes and letters are also encouraged, and you may drop yours in a marked container on February 4, as well as any time before or after that day.

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