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A new journey begins…

Been a long time since I’ve gone this long in between blogs…have definitely missed it.  God has been doing some crazy things in the Tennessee Aronowitz’s lives.  Have a lot to talk about soon with all of you.  Now that information is appropriately public I wanted to let you all in on the changes coming for Becca and I.  This letter will be read in church on Sunday…

Dear First Farragut United Methodist Church,

My wife and I have served at FFUMC for almost four years, all four being spent as the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries.  I am eternally grateful for the opportunity that I have had to serve you, the students, and the 20’s and 30’s of this great church.   I have learned so much in regards to life, faith, ministry, and community, and I will always cherish the wonderful times that we had as a body of believers and a church family.

That being said, my wife and I are at a critical point in life where we must make important decisions that will affect the future of our family and my life in full-time ministry.  We have put in much prayer, thought, deliberation, and conversation over the last few weeks and months about what it is that God may have for us down the road.  We have come to the conclusion that we are being called elsewhere.  So, it is with a heavy heart, that as of Wednesday, April 13th, I will resign my position as Youth & Young Adult Director at First Farragut United Methodist Church.

I want to encourage you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, to keep on discovering what it means to walk with Christ twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three-hundred and sixty-five days a year.  The only regret that we have in following God’s calling is that we must part with you, whom we love so dearly.  You are amazing people with hearts to serve and follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Again, we are so grateful for the opportunity we have had to restore life and excitement to the student ministries, to plant the young adult ministry, and to become a part of the warm family that is First Farragut UMC.  I believe that there is now tremendous health within the areas of ministry that I have had the privilege of leading and that they will continue on with great success that is founded on the Truth of God’s Word.

My prayers and a part of my heart will always be with First Farragut United Methodist Church.  May peace be with you all as you continue ON THE WAY towards a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and with each other.

In Christ Always,  Mark L. Aronowitz

There are so many reasons why coming to this decision has broken my heart.  Thought I would share with you 100 of those reasons (in no particular order and with many precious names left out).  Talk to you all again soon.  Praying for you, like I do every single morning, today.

Reason #1 Jacob Tankersley & his entire family

Reason #2 Jacob Aylward & his entire family

Reason #3 Nick white & his entire family

Reason #4 Lucas Shahan & his entire family

Reason #5 Eli Lewis & his entire family

Reason #6 Douglas Rogerson & his entire family

Reason #7 Brandon Goss & his entire family

Reason #8 Austin Goss & his entire family

Reason #9 Josh Lounsbury & his entire family

Reason #10 Andrew Lounsbury & his entire family

Reason #11 Ryan Rathfoot & his entire family

Reason #12 Phillip Knight & his entire family

Reason #13  Nicolas Henderson & his entire family

Reason #14 Christopher Henderson & his entire family

Reason #15 Tucker McGinnis & his entire family

Reason #16 Greg Shahan (leader & SS teacher)& his entire family

Reason #17 Scott Hilbelink (leader & SS teacher) & his entire family

Reason #18 Randy Kirchner (leader) & his entire family

Reason # 18 Chris Henderson (dad) & his entire family

Reason #19 Gene Treacy & his entire family

Reason #20 Lee Collins & his entire family

Reason #21 Natalie Tankersley & her entire family

Reason #22 Sarah White & her entire family

Reason #23 Maddie Evans & her entire family

Reason #24 Victoria Hans & her entire family

Reason #25 Kaitlyn Bocik & her entire family

Reason #26 Allison Reese & her entire family

Reason #27 Kelli Reese & her entire family

Reason #28 Katie Templeton & her entire family

Reason #29 Halle McGuire & her entire family

Reason #30 Aubry McGuire & her entire family

Reason #31 Carly McGuire & her entire family

Reason #32 Hannah Hinkle & her entire family

Reason #33 Miranda Burt & her entire family

Reason #34 Jordan Aylward & her entire family

Reason #35 Grace Shahan & her entire family

Reason #36 Lindy Vaughn & her entire family

Reason #37 Hayley McGinnis & her entire family

Reason #38 Erin Lewis & her entire family

Reason #39 Maggie Manning & her entire family

Reason #40 Maria Van Audenhove & her entire family

Reason #41  Kristen Wong & her entire family

Reason #42 Aubrey Armstrong & her entire family

Reason #43 Megan Scheuneman & her entire family

Reason #44 Nikki Klein & her entire family

Reason #45 Amanda Cleveland & her entire family

Reason #46 Liza Burroughs & her entire family

Reason #47 Amy Albaugh & her entire family

Reason #48 Ashley Wilcox & her entire family

Reason #49 Britney Ellspermann & her entire family

Reason #50 Chase Rathfoot & her entire family

Reason #51 Sarah Lucas & her entire family

Reason #52 Leslie Goss (leader) & her entire family

Reason #53 Liz Shahan (leader) & her entire family

Reason #54 Marian Lewis (leader) & her entire family

Reason #55 David Lewis (Mark’s mental therapist, golf psychologist, golf coach, and mentor) & family

Reason #56 Jayme Lyttle (Close friend and worship leader) and entire family

Reason #57 Caroline Dyer & her entire family

Reason #58 Kerri White (leader) & her entire family

Reason #59 Amy Tankersley (leader) & her entire family

Reason #60 Barry Goss (leader) & his entire family

Reason #61 Mark Veness (Young Adult leader) & his entire family

Reason #62 Molly Veness (Young Adult Event Coordinator) & her entire family

Reason #63 Keith & Janie Harville (Golf Coach and part of the “keep Mark sane” posse)

Reason #64 Kate Treacy & her entire family

Reason #65 Ondie Reese (leader) & her entire family

Reason #66 Sharon McGuire (leader & dog sitter) & her entire family

Reason #67Troy Cales (SPRC contact & watched my basketball career end on carpet)& his entire family

Reason #68 Brandi Matson (SPRC contact) & her entire family

Reason #69 Lance & Emily Douglas & their entire family

Reason #70 Tim Hill (hugs me every single time he sees me) & his entire Steeler loving family!

Reason #71 Chris & Vanessa Andrews (Young Adults)

Reason #72 Jason & Lynn Yarbrough (Young Adults) & their entire family

Reason #73 Scott & Holley Stejskal (Young Adults) & their entire family

Reason #74 Stefani & Alex Hudson (MyAdministrative Professional and her Kentucky loving family).

Reason #75 Lidia Saez & her entire family

Reason #76 Holly & Marty Layman & their sweet family

Reason #77 CC Hermes & her entire family

Reason #78 Jordan Kirchner & her entire family

Reason # 79 Ali Pectol & her entire family

Reason # 80 Bill “the Cub” Aylward (aka, Geoff Ogilvy; aka, a Houston Astro @ heart) & family

Reason #81 Maggie Mobley & her entire family

Reason #82 Melanie Mobley (leader) & her entire family

Reason #83 Allie Mobley & her entire family

Reason # 84 Dale & Noel Love (the first non family wedding I performed & young adults members)

Reason #85 Tracy Knight (leader) & her entire family

Reason #86 Ryan Montalbano & his entire family

Reason #87 Eddie Halcott (former youth grouper and current NAVY man) & his entire family

Reason #88 Harvey Halcott (great encourager) and his entire family

Reason #89 Dennis Falls & Kathryn Norton

Reason #90 Joe Wasileski & his entire family

Reason #91 Tonya Alsobrooks (fellow staffer) & her entire family

Reason #92 Michael Alsobrooks (husband of Tonya & member of the golfing Wolfpac) & family

Reason #93 Brooke & Clay Anderson (Young Adults) & their entire family

Reason #94 Sarah & Herschel Bailey (sweet ministry supporters!)

Reason #95 Jannette Krupski (my half-time vacation accountability friend 🙂 & her husband

Reason #96 Liz Enyenehi & her entire family

Reason #97 Utang Enyenehi & her entire family

Reason #98 Kelly Fly & her entire family (and imaginary friends)

Reason #99 Susan Seratt & her entire family

Reason #100- All the other incredible people that didn’t pop in my head over the last 10 minutes.


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