On June 18, members and friends of the Sudbury United Methodist Church
gathered to say thank you and goodbye to Senior Pastor Donald Rudalevige
, who after four years as their pastor and 41 years of ministry is retiring.The activities began with a special worship service in the sanctuary, followed by a picnic on the church grounds.Before coming to Sudbury, Rev. Rudalevige spent eight years as a District Superintendent in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.While serving the Sudbury United Methodist Church, in addition to his preaching, visiting, and administrative responsibilities, Rev. Rudalevige provided guidance for three student interns, supported the Stephen Ministry program, taught Bible studies, and helped the church to live out a vision statement with commitment to the wider world through outreach and social justice awareness.
At the same time Rev. Rudalevige
directed the Urban Mission Training Project for the New England Conference.He also organized a trip to England and served as tour guide for 26 church members in 2004.
When asked to describe the congregation at Sudbury United Methodist church
indicated that it is a marvelous mix of all ages, including young families and older folk.