Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church
Pastor Susan Chupungco joined the Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church on July 1, 2014.
A native of California, Susan relocated to New Jersey to attend seminary at the Drew Theological School. She graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. Susan has been an assistant pastor at the Yorktown Heights United Methodist Church and she and her husband, Angelo, were married in June of 2014. She gave birth to their son, Grayson, on April 19, 2018.
Susan loves long walks, knitting and yoga. She enjoys arts and crafts and anything that involves construction with wood, glue, scissors, nails, fabric, etc. She loves the outdoors and believes that fresh air and sunshine are two of the best things in the world.
It was with mixed emotions that I shared the news that it is the intention of our Bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton, to appoint me to a new ministry setting effective July 1, 2019. My family will relocate to Westchester County where I will serve in a new initiative called the Rivertowns Incubator. This means that Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church will welcome your next Pastor on July 1, 2019.
How many of us like change? It probably depends on the change. For many the change from winter to spring is a welcome one. This change, however, may not be so welcome. Change is inevitable and perpetual, one of the only constants in our life. If we do not make peace with this, then we are likely to live our lives reacting to change from a place of fear and resistance, rather than responding from a place of spiritual confidence and trust in God.
Change can be scary, but change also brings the potential for great new opportunities - if we allow it. The caterpillar does not resist the changes necessary to transform into the butterfly. The caterpillar cannot stay as it is, it has no choice but to become the butterfly. Humankind does have a choice. We have no choice about whether changes will happen. But, we have a choice about whether we will embrace the changes or not. We can dig in our heels and try to keep things exactly as they are, or we can embrace the change. If we open ourselves to the new thing that is about to happen, it can transform our experience. Change is inevitable, but transformation is optional.
Change will bring with it a myriad of feelings. There will be anger, grief, fear, and anxiety - these are normal parts of experiencing change, but as you move to the other side of these feelings, I pray that you will open yourselves up to all the blessings this change will bring. Your next Pastor will have gifts, talents, and skills that are different from my own. Your next Pastor will have their own style of preaching, their favorite hymns that they will weave into the worship rotation, and they will offer to you their unique blend of personality, passion, and purpose as given to them by God. Hold on to the all the good that we did together, and get ready for all the good that you will do - together, with your next Pastor.
In the time we have left, let’s worship boldly, and let’s pray for the Bishop and the Cabinet of the New York Annual Conference as they work to appoint just the right person to be your next Pastor.
In grace, Pastor Susan
In Love, Pastor Susan