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A reception was held final month to rejoice the retirement of the Rev. Anne Cronic from Central Baptist Church because the affiliate pastor of music and worship.

The Rev. Anne Cronic has formally retired after serving because the affiliate pastor of music and worship at Central Baptist Church in downtown Newnan for 37 years.

The journey at Central

Cronic’s academic background was in music training and music historical past. She taught music for 13 years in public faculties, directing and instructing choirs.

Her journey started as pianist at Central Baptist in September of 1985. “Initially, I used to be a volunteer pianist, however started formally as paid part-time workers in 1991,” Cronic stated. “Over the following 10 years, I directed youngsters’s choirs, performed within the handbell choir, and performed piano for the chancel choir and for companies.”

Cronic was approached by the church music search committee throughout an interim interval, asking if she would think about transitioning from the varsity music setting to church music. In August 2001, she was known as to be minister of music.

“I went via the applying and interview course of with the committee and was provided the best job I may think about,” Cronic stated. “To mix my love for music with my love for the Lord, and to serve this congregation was a ‘calling’ from God that had been at the back of my thoughts for a while.”

Cronic stated her music and worship obligations had been finally paired with ministry to youngsters and ladies.

“Most just lately, nonetheless, I used to be affiliate minister of music and worship,” Cronic stated. “I’ve labored with three great senior pastors: Dr. Joel Richardson, Dr. Winford Hendrix and the Rev. Matt Sapp, and a beautiful group of affiliate pastors.”

Cronic stated she has too many favourite elements of the job to record.

“I’ve cherished working with all the youngsters’s choirs over time,” Cronic stated. “To assist youngsters develop of their religion may be very particular. I’ve cherished working with ladies. Our Purses within the Pew missions group offered nice fellowship and big missions assist. I’ve cherished working with the chancel choir, the handbell choir, and very gifted instrumentalists and soloists as we skilled nice music collectively.”

Cronic stated she has additionally loved being a part of Feeding Our Buddies, a ministry of the church which offers weekly meals and fellowship for the neighborhood.

“ I’ve additionally cherished coordinating the features of weekly worship,” Cronic stated.

A brand new journey — retirement

Cronic stated retirement has been a thought-filled course of, however she stated she nonetheless has quite a bit to do. Cronic stated because the pandemic has develop into extra manageable, Central Baptist has returned to regular actions.

“Having reached retirement age, there have been nonetheless objectives I needed to succeed in, one being the set up of the brand new sanctuary organ which was delayed as a result of pandemic,” Cronic stated. “ Worship took on a really completely different face in the course of the pandemic, so I needed to assist get worship and the church music program again to a traditional place.”

The music minister stated she already misses being on the piano on Sunday mornings for worship.

“The piano has been the place that I devoted my taking part in to God and for the encouragement of our congregation,” Cronic stated. “I can even miss the shared ministry and fellowship with the workers, choir and congregation. All of those relationships have been very significant to me.”

Cronic stated she is grateful for the relationships she shaped at Central and the chance to serve.

“My calling and my ministry at Central has actually been a present from God and a possibility from this congregation,” she stated. “We have now worshiped and fellowshipped collectively, we’ve got served in mission collectively, we’ve got discovered from each other, and we’ve got achieved a lot to the glory of God at Central Baptist Church. For these many blessings, I’m grateful.”

The Rev. Matt Sapp, pastor of Central Baptist Church, stated “as a minister, as an individual and as a buddy, Anne is phenomenal.”

“It could be not possible to discover a higher worship ministry companion,” Sapp stated. “It’s been a privilege to take a seat down on the worship planning desk every week along with her due to her constant dedication to excellence in all issues. It truly is inspiring.”

Sapp stated he’s most grateful not just for Cronic’s reward of music but additionally her skills past music and worship.

“There are many music ministers who embrace the music a part of her position with out embracing the ministry half,” Sapp stated. “And that’s what Anne shall be so fondly remembered for at Central — not only for her extraordinary giftedness for music, however for her extraordinary giftedness in caring for the wants of our members via her ministry.”

A reception was held final month in celebration of Cronic’s retirement.

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