Dear all:

Please join us on Sunday, August 16, from 2:00-2:45 pm for the Virtual Hug Fest for Rev. Angela as we celebrate her ministry and wish her well in her transition. Here’s the zoom link:

Meeting ID: 819 6552 7944

Passcode: 8900

Phone number: 1 301 715 8592

Shh!… It’s a secret (at least we hope so) from Rev. Angela and her family.  No later than August 15, you can record or upload a very short video ‘hug’ of no more than 10 sec for Rev. Angela at  These video hugs need to be short ‘bumper stickers’ of your well wishes and testimony to the impact of her ministry on you.  We will play the video hugs during the Virtual Hug Fest.  If you have any technical questions, please contact Mary Kautz at

What, you find 10 sec. too short to say all that you want to say to Rev. Angela!?  What a  surprise! Please write your more detailed thoughts, prayers and expressions of love in a card or letter. Send these by August 14 to:

James Manley

2115 Walsh View Terr #103

Silver Spring, MD  20902

Kids and Youth, would you rather draw a picture or piece of art to give to Rev. Angela?  Please do.  You can send your artwork to James at the address above. Your cards, letters, and artwork will be compiled in a Memory Book that will be presented to Rev. Angela.  We are confident that Rev. Angela will find your messages important and will enjoy being able to read your cards and letters, listen to your virtual hugs again, and enjoy your artwork at her leisure. 

So, all you kids, of all ages, are saying now, “What about Sophia and Nadia?  We are going to miss them, too.” Please share your well wishes, art and kudos to Sophia and Nadia on the KudoBoard at Upload a recording of you or your family, find the perfect gif, or write them a special message. They will love to see your expressions of caring, love and well wishes.

More secrets! You can contribute to a love offering for Rev. Angela and her family by going to to contribute online by choosing Make a One-Time Donation Log-in and then choose the Love Offering for Rev. Angela. You are also welcome to send a check to SSUMC with “Rev. Angela – love offering” in the memo. Please make your donations by August 14.  SSUMC will give Rev. Angela a piece of art and the remainder of the  love offering as cash to help with her and her family’s transition.

This is a bittersweet time of transition in which we say farewell to Rev. Angela, celebrate her outstanding ministries in the past three years that have led us through ‘troubled waters’ walking with Jesus at our side, and wish her well as she focuses on restoring her well-being.  It is also a time in which God is with us, we know who we are, and we are ready for the next steps in our faith journey together. Although we can’t hold the kind of send-off we’re used to doing in person, we hope you will take the time to share your personal messages of support to help Rev. Angela feel some love! Visit the links above or posted on SSUMC website, Facebook and eNews to send your personal well wishes. Please join us on Sunday, August 16 at 2:00 pm to wish Rev. Angela well with your virtual hugs. **Note that drive-in communion has been moved to Saturday August 15 at 9:30am**



Patsy Brannon, James Manley, and Kyle Whitley