Email from Heecheon Jeon, Iowa Conference United Methodist Church, 29 MAY 2019

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From: Heecheon Jeon Heecheon.Jeon@iaumc.org
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 3:56 PM
To: Michael Merritt
Subject: RE: Reply from Ask The UMC – United Methodist Information Service
Attachments: Conversation Notes Claudia Merritt.docx


Michael,
Thank you so much for your time with me today. I contacted pastor Nan to tell about the three requests that you and I agreed upon.

  1. I was contacted with chief of police in Marshalltown to find out what the nature of the unofficial restraining order was about. We don’t have to remove the unofficial restraining order which is a warning sign, because you agreed that you should contact me first when you wanted to come back to the church, and because actually there is nothing to be removed.
    So I want to reemphasize what we agreed upon based on our conversation:
    If you want to come back to the church and contact any members of the church, you are required to contact me, district superintendent, first about your intention, and I will set up a meeting with the SPRC and you to figure out whether everyone agrees upon your coming back. If you break the agreement, then we will contact the police immediately.
  2. To ask the music director to write a letter about what your separated wife communicated with her about you (She will provide a document by Monday).
  3. To ask the pastor to write a letter about what your separated wife communicated with her about you.
    (Attached)

Please let me know if you have any further questions on this.
I am praying for you in this very difficult time.

Since you moved in Newton, I highly recommend that you find a spiritual home at Newton First UMC. They will have Rev. Paul Smith, a new pastor in July 1 who is a veteran with a similar military background with you. He might help you navigate some challenges and guide you spiritually. Let me know your thoughts on this.

Blessings,
Heecheon


Heecheon Jeon

Conference Superintendent of the Central District
Iowa Annual Conference of United Methodist Church
2301 Rittenhouse St.
Des Moines, IA 50321
515-681-7693
heecheon.jeon@iaumc.org