Dear friends –
I am so excited to finally be here at St. Matthew’s! When I started imagining this day back in February I pictured daffodils, forsythia, signs of spring and new life, but no matter! My cat, Simon, and I have settled into a temporary apartment, and yesterday my offer to buy a condo off Soule Rd. was accepted. I’ve enjoyed meeting folks this week, getting to know our outstanding leadership and stellar staff people, and sharing conversation in the office, over meals, and in chance meetings in the community. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you better in the coming weeks. Please stop by the office to say hello, or give me a call or drop me an email to set up a time to get together.
I’m in the office Monday through Thursday, most reliably in the mornings. You can reach me anytime either by contacting the office, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for making me feel so welcome here, and I’m looking forward to great ministry and mission together!
I am so pleased to have been able to be here with you at St. Matthew’s for a full year (and a little more). It has been my privilege to walk this part of your journey with you, as you move from one stage in your life as a Christian community to another. This year has been more than just an “in-between” time. You have continued to develop and grow as a community, to affirm good things you did in the past, let go of some others, and still more embrace some things anew. It has been such fun to get to know you and to work together. I have been honored to hear treasured parts of your life stories, and have been very moved by how you care for each other, in even quiet, small ways, and how the big things in parish life just keep going on so well. You welcomed me warmly, and cheerfully went along with any changes I thought I just had to make. Thank you for everything you have done to make my time here productive and comfortable.
In short, you are really good at being the people of God. We have time for some good good-byes before I leave on April 15. I suggest we take advantage of the Great 50 Days of the Easter Season and not short-change the parties: say farewell to me, and welcome to Paul, your next rector, as you embrace those new changes that this next chapter of your life will bring.
Faithfully, and with love and care,
On Sunday, April 15th Mother Jackie will lead us in services for the final time. At that service, The Rev. Canon John Crosswaite from the Diocesan office will join us, as well as we close this chapter of Transition. We invite all members of St. Matthew’s to join us for a special coffee hour between services (9:15am) to say good-bye and thank you to Mother Jackie.