Lead Article - Friends Leaving for New Adventures

As you all know too well, the pandemic has dramatically changed our lives forever. But God has a plan that keeps moving forward, even if we are all locked down. Today, we want to thank four of our clergy friends whom God has called to new places and new adventures. 

Garrett and Marena Vittorio-Schindler first came to PSV in October 2012. Together they have brought some of the Presbyterian churches in southern Delaware county as well as local United Methodist churches, into greater fellowship with God and each other. Garrett has been instrumental in helping to update the PSV web site and has served as Chair of the Nominating Committee. Marena has shared her considerable spiritual and musical talents with COM, her congregations, and with others in ministry. Now they are moving home to Indiana to be with family and friends and to discern God’s future call. 

Mark Piedmonte joined PSV in 2011 and has served the Gilbertsville-Garrettsville churches. He has served on the Nurture Commission and most recently on the CPM (now the CCLeF). Mark was instrumental in opening up learning possibilities among Gilbertsville senior citizens and has been very active with the Youth Triennium for 2013, 2016, and 2019, traveling with the SVP delegation and sharing his spiritual leadership, humor, and energy with youth and adult leaders alike. He and Aimee will be moving to the Maryland shore. We will miss his gentle leadership and love for God’s people. 

Parrish Bridges has been a member of PSV on two separate occasions, serving United Presbyterian in Owego for 11 years, returning in 2018 after a stint in San Diego, to shepherd Walton Presbyterian as their interim pastor. Parrish has served PSV in many ways over his 14 years with us and now moves on to West Virginia to a new call.

Please join the COM in wishing them all well as they move forward to new lives and new ministries. May God bless them in all that they do, and give them grace to bless those they will lead.

With love and hope,

The PSV Commission on Ministry

Numbers 6:24-26 May the LORD bless you and stand guard over you. May the LORD make his face shine upon you, and favor you among his children; may the LORD lift up his face to smile at you, and give you wholeness in your being.  (Translation – Patty Wolff)