Colorado Springs, Colorado … “We are sad to see our volunteer pastor, Marcia Armstead retire from some of the pastoral activities in which she has been involved for the past decade,” said Mike Maldonado, Colorado Springs Central Church pastor. The church family showed their appreciation for her as assistant for pastoral care with a plaque on December 28. They also celebrated her contributions with a Ministry Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, January 19.

Marcia, an ordained elder of the church, has served as a volunteer for six years. During that time, she was hostess team leader, prayer Ministry coordinator, card ministry facilitator, and coordinator of nursing home visitations. She also visited and held Communion with homebound members in medical and rehabilitation facilities.

For the past four years, Marcia has been a member of the Rocky Mountain Staff – doing much of the same. But added to her responsibilities was the title of assistant for pastoral care assisting Pastor Maldonado. “Marcia is irreplaceable, and it is heartbreaking to see her scale down from all the activities in which she has been involved. We have been blessed by her ministry and devotion to God,” commented Pastor Maldonado.

When asked what her favorite tasks have been, Marcia said: “Everything! And, especially advocating for litigants, and the unemployed.” Her greatest challenge, she comments, “is that of having to preach in Pastor’s absence, but I’m grateful that God can use anyone who is willing.”

Marcia says she will not be away from Central Church, as she is still an elder of the church and will volunteer as she is able in any area where her services are needed.

Mike Maldonado, text and photos