Bos­meny re­tir­ing from Five Rivers Church

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R -

— 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

ELKTON

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-

pable hands.

“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.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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