Greetings, Members of APA

Then they said to him, “John’s disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink. Jesus said to them, “You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, ‘The old is good.’” – Luke 5:33-39

I was recently at a Presbytery meeting where this was the scripture for the worship service. It really has got me to thinking . . . change is all around us whether we want to change or not . . . the only thing consistent is change.

As I begin my term as National President, fellow APA members, please join with me in this journey. I am still trying to understand what my duties are and I ask for your patience as I continue to learn. I will continue to focus on learning my duties because as for those of you that have been in this position, you know and understand that one person cannot learn it all overnight (or in the two months since our last conference).

It is with joy that I tell you since I have become President, I have sent out five new member welcome notes!! I am also working on following up on items that were either recommended or approved during our 2018 national conference.

Our 2019 National Conference will be held in October 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Plans have been started and will soon come to fruition. Please watch the website ( for information and registration details. I will be working with the National Conference Planning Committee moderator on a schedule for the next national conference, along with other details that are in the works.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bobbi Hoffman
APA National President