Bosmeny retiring from Five Rivers Church
— The Rev. Alan Bosmeny expects there will be a lot of tears at Five Rivers Church this Sunday as he gives his final sermon to the Assembly of God congregation on Whitehall Road.
After almost 19 years, Bosmeny is retiring. However, it’s a retirement he’s been planning for all along.
“Every Sunday I offered my resignation to God,” he said Monday.
Using the baseball analogy for winning rituals, Bosmeny said his own Sunday morning ritual involved driving to the church singing “Jesus Loves Me.” He followed that by reciting Psalm 51, then the Lord’s Prayer. Once in the sanctuary alone, he would pray. “God spoke to me,” he said. In the midst of a year in which the congregation was seeking more of God and asking God to use more of the church, Bosmeny said he felt he was being told that God had taken him up on his longstanding offer.
“I heard, ‘Now is the time
Some books will make the move with the Rev. Alan Bosmeny, whose last sermon at Five Rivers Church in Elkton is this Sunday. Others have been given to a seminary student and the rest will stay in the office for his predecessor.
for you ... I accept your resignation,’” Bosmeny said. “It’s been 19 absolutely wonderful years.”
As he packed more boxes with books from his church office, he explained that he was leaving Five Rivers in ca-
“I have four adjunct pastors on staff,” he said, noting a search committee has narrowed down the list of potential replacements in the meantime. “They’ll probably name someone within the next two months.”
Bosmeny sold his Brantwood home in 20 days and by the next week he had a contract on a new home in Bradenton, Fla.
“I do triathlons. In Florida, you can do one almost every weekend,” he said.
“But I’m going to miss Elkton,” he said, almost mourning that he sold his snowblower. “I love snow.”
Life in his home state of Florida won’t be all triathlons though, Bosmeny said.
“I’m considering going back to school,” he said, adding he was pursuing a medical career when he changed directions and became a pastor. “I’m thinking of going to school to become a hospital chaplain.”
With one son in Tampa and another in Annapolis, he figures he will return to Maryland to visit Jordan and his family times each year, while enjoying being closer to Ryan and his family.
Truth be told, Bosmeny said the goodbyes Sunday are going to be tough. He likened it to knee replacement surgery.
“It’s going to be tough, but when it’s all said and done, it’s going to be really good,” he said. “I’m not just leaving a congregation. I’m leaving a fellowship of friends.”