David and I are hoping to retire from our secular jobs in May and we want to have time together to travel while we are still able to do so.
For many months, I have been in conversation with the Bishop, the Archdeacon for Deacons, and others in the Diocese about my future diaconal ministry and where God is calling me to be.
Since I have been with you all for so long, I feel the strong need to take an extended sabbatical from diaconal ministry to rest and discern where my ministry will take me next. I am tired, and need an opportunity to truly rest, read, play with my grandson (before I’m no longer cool to be with), husband and children, and explore the world around me. I am not retiring from ministry – just taking a break to rest and restore.
I have felt very strongly that I needed to be with you throughout the search process, to support the parish in whatever way I could, and help keep things moving forward. I have been extremely impressed and gratified with the way the entire parish has moved through this challenging “interim” time. The Search Committee and Vestry have taken their duties and responsibilities very seriously and have carefully, and prayerfully, led us all through this period with grace, good humor and dedication. The Rev. Kathy Trapani, and all of the staff, have worked hard to help us explore new things and try out new ideas during this period. I have been blessed to work with each of them – and all of you – during this time.
I was delighted to learn that the Vestry chose The Rev. Liz Tichenor as our new Rector. I am excited for all the gifts she will bring to the Parish and for the new adventure that is just around the corner. While a part of me would truly love to be a part of it, deep in my heart I know that God is calling me to something, and some place, new and exciting that I can’t even imagine yet.
I will be with you for a few more weeks as we close out this chapter of our Parish life and open our doors wide to welcome Liz and her family. My last Sunday will be Sunday, January 5, 2020, so we will have Advent and Christmas together.
I cannot thank you enough for the love, care and support you have given me, and my family, since we arrived at Resurrection the 1st Sunday of November 1987. It seems like just yesterday, but we have had so many wonderful adventures together over the years, shared countless stories, fun events, building projects, losses, tears, and endless laughter, throughout that time. There are no words that are adequate to express how much you have given to me and how grateful I am for being able to minister with you during our time together.
I will miss you more than you can know, but will be eagerly following your adventures as you move forward into your future, under Liz’s capable and guiding hands, to love and serve the Lord.
In His Peace,