Boca Grande Lighthouse United Methodist Church

Williams Family Farewell Information

March 24, 2022

Dear Congregation and Friends of Lighthouse UMC,

As The Lighthouse Church prepares to say goodbye to Matthew, Joy, and Ethan after seven years of outstanding leadership and service, your Staff Parish Relations Committee has made plans to celebrate our time together.  We invite you to participate.    Please reserve the date of Sunday, April 24, 2022 for a farewell celebration as we move to a single service at 10:00 AM. Following the service, we will have a very special buffet luncheon in the Fellowship Hall with an opportunity for everyone to wish the Williams God’s grace on their new journey.

Additionally, you are invited to prepare a message of thanks to the Williams that will be compiled in a permanently bound hard cover book for them to cherish.   Make it your personal celebration of his ministry, or the sharing of a favorite story, or email a photo, or tell how he has touched your life on our journey with Christ these last 7 years.   Please include your address.  Letters must be received by May 15, 2022. 

Please send your message to the church at PO Box 524, Boca Grande, FL  33921 or email it to  .  This book will be presented to them later to give more people time to participate, but before they leave in June.

If you wish, you are also invited to make a love gift in honor of Pastor Matthew and Joy to the Ethan Williams College Fund.  Please send this love gift to the church at PO Box 524, Boca Grande, FL 33921 and write on the memo line: Ethan’s College Fund or online at under online giving.   You will be able to make a tax deduction and this gift will appear on your statement.

We hope you will be able to join us in honoring Matthew and Joy in these ways.  If you have questions or would like further information about any of these plans, please contact any committee member:

Jim Benson at 941-270-2102 or 
Becca DeRosa at 315-256-6613 or 
Chrys Hyde 920.203.1205 or 
Sheila Dorst at 941.964.0934 or 
Donna Harms at 513-708-7865 or 
Lindy Hustedt at 215-850-1955 or 
Mary Tucker at 414-378-4722 or 
The Staff Parish Relations Committee