Deede Bolger Commissioned as Housing Administrator of United Methodist Communities at Welsey by the Bay

A Service of Commissioning and Blessing for Deede Bolger, housing administrator of Wesley by Wesley by the Bay Associatesthe Bay, occurred on Friday, November 20 at 11am at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean City.

United Methodist Communities at Wesley by the Bay, a townhouse-style senior housing community, is located at 2401 Bay Avenue in Ocean City.

In adherence to Wesleyan tradition, United Methodist Communities commissions its leaders and charges them with the authority serve in ways that move the organization’s mission forward and uphold its values of compassion, respect, stewardship and service. United Methodist Communities’ mission is compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life.

Corporate Director of Mission and Pastoral Care, Rev. John Callanan, welcomed guests and Rev. Jinny Hubbard, director of mission and pastoral care of a sister community, delivered the invocation. United Methodist Communities at Wesley by the Bay residents Barbara Ann DeBaufre and Susan Elgena presented Bible readings.

Rev. Beth Mallozzi and Rev. Salvatore Seirmarco, directors of mission and pastoral care of sister communities joined Rev. Callanan in the commissioning segment of the service. After signing a commissioning pledge, Ms. Bolger received several gifts symbolizing leadership. Cindy Jacques, vice president of housing and community initiatives, presented a token of appreciation to Ms. Bolger.

Rev. Seirmarco observed, “The service also symbolizes the support of every associate, manager, and corporate officer of the United Methodist Communities of New Jersey to uphold Deede, not merely for her work, but also for her personally. As we pledge our support of her ministry, we reaffirm that we too, are called by God and rededicate ourselves to finding joy in service.”

United Methodist Communities President and CEO, Larry Carlson, commended Ms. Bolger’s heart for leadership evident over 31 years and consistently positive resident feedback. Rev. Mallozzi reflected on United Methodist Communities’ value of the year, compassion. In light of current international events, she implored, “Compassion can’t wait. We need to see examples of compassion now. It compels us to alleviate suffering and honor the sanctity of every human being.” She compared that value to Ms. Bolger tireless efforts to assist and advocate for Wesley by the Bay residents.

Commissioning ServiceMs. Bolger acknowledged and thanked Wesley by the Bay residents, staff organization-wide, professional colleagues, friends, and her family for their presence, trust, mentorship, loyalty, and support.

A joyful theme song, arranged by St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Praise Band followed. Rev. Justin Falciani, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in nearby Somers Point and Ms. Bolger’s pastor, gave the benediction. The group exited the sanctuary and continued the celebration with a luncheon in the church’s dining hall.

For additional information about United Methodist Communities at Wesley by the Bay, call 609-399-6701 or visit umcommunities.org/wesley-by-the-bay.