Dear Summit Kids’ Volunteers, Families, and the Summit Church congregation,

Many of you are aware that I have taken a leave of absence the last couple of months due to my mother’s illness. Alaire Rae Music Rothhaas passed away on June 2, 2021 surrounded by all her family, singing hymns and praying! Her death has struck me in a way I never could fathom; she has been an integral part of my life and faith, and I feel so deeply sad without her loving presence. A wise friend shared with me, “The pain never goes away, but we do learn to live with it.” My mom was my best friend, and it is so hard for me to imagine life without her.

I share this with you so that you can understand the need for me to step away from my position as Director of Children & Family Ministries. This decision has not come easily, and has many factors, but my mother’s death was ultimately, the deciding factor. God has given me a perspective I never had before. He is faithful and loving and as He opened the door for me at Summit Church, He now holds my hand as we close the door together. I thank Him for all that He has blessed me with through each of you, my wonderful Summit Church home. You all have been so supportive, and God has and will continue to work through each one of you!

One of my mom’s favorite verses was Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” I believe wholeheartedly that this applies to me as an individual, but also to you as the church body. God does not forsake His children and He will certainly be preparing the way during this transition. God is GOOD.

Thank you again, for all of your love and support. I will keep in touch and will certainly see you all around town, God-willing.

Forever in my heart,
Celia Rothhaas

SPECIAL NOTE: We have arranged for a farewell celebration for Celia after all the worship services on the weekend of July 31/August 1, outside in the courtyard area behind the church. Please come join us after the services that weekend to thank Celia in person for all she has done for our children and families the past few years and to wish her well on her next adventure that God calls her to. We will have a basket for cards available as well if you would like to leave a card for Celia.