Thank you, Elizabeth!

On Sunday, August 21, 2016, Northwest members bade farewell to their long time Director of Religious Education (DRE) Elizabeth Hickman during a reception held after the service.

people in church lobby listening to a speakerAmid tears, hugs and smiles many people thanked Elizabeth for her wonderful and loving service to the children of Northwest.

Elizabeth Hickman became Northwest’s DRE in 2011.

In a letter to the congregation by Kristen Fowks, President of the Northwest Board of Trustees, wrote:

“Under her leadership, the program has grown in size and in its engagement of families and volunteers. She has worked closely with Rev. Terry Davis to develop worship services that include participation of our children and youth. And, she has launched new RE programs such as Northwest’s “Seven on the 7th” to promote our values and create hands-on learning opportunities.

 Her love for her role and for Northwest’s children and youth are evident, and her enthusiasm, energy and humor will be greatly missed.”

Elizabeth will now turn her love and attention to the care of her mother Joyce Buis. Joyce is a charter member of Northwest and raised her daughter Elizabeth in the church.

In her congregational letter, Kristen also looked to the future, adding that Dana Poss will assume the position of Acting DRE. A meet-and-greet reception for Dana will be held at the church on Sunday, August 28.