Take a breath- all will be well!

From: Fr. Scott [mailto:sleannah=earthlink.net@mail74.atl31.mcdlv.net] On Behalf Of Fr. Scott
Sent: Monday, April 9, 2018 1:23 PM
To: sleannah@earthlink.net
Subject: Take a breath- all will be well!

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Take a breath…celebrate…all will be well

Hello All;
As you now know, I will be ending my time at St. Mary’s on Sunday, June 10th. I will start a new ministry at St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Greendale on July 2nd. Parish members received this information via a letter from me and I also gave a brief explanation of this decision yesterday during both masses.

I want you to know this was not an easy decision! I continue to love St. Mary’s Parish and its members very much. After nearly 15 years of ministry here, the time seemed right for a transition, and St. Thomas Parish is in need of a priest to be with them as they seek to re-develop, grow and become more vibrant. After prayer and discernment, I believe that I am called to be with them on this journey of transformation.

Understandably, there was a lot of energy yesterday morning in regard to what is next for St. Mary’s, how will we proceed from here, what might we do about pastoral coverage until a new priest is called, what might the call process look like, and more. I want to assure you that Peggy Bean, Canon for Congregations, has already been in touch with your vestry and will work with them every step of the way. I want to urge you not to get too far ahead of the process – please know that all is well! Six people on your vestry, including both wardens and the treasurer, have been in a call process before. Needless worry, anxiety or trying to rush the process will not help. Every effort will be made to be transparent so that all can be apprised of what is happening.

May I ask that we take all take a deep breath, focus in gratitude on all that we’ve been involved in together for these past nearly 15 years, and then let’s find some time to say "thank you" and "goodbye" to each other. There is so much for us to celebrate here on this corner!

So please… take a breath…celebrate…and know that all will be well! -Fr. Scott

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