By Barbara Klugh for the Stewardship Ministry Team
I imagine all of us are catching our breath as we adjust to the news of Daniel’s leaving. We’re now beginning a period of transition, and I want to highlight that in this coming year our gifts of time, talent, treasure—and teamwork—will be more important than ever.
We will spend the next few weeks celebrating our time together with Daniel as our Rector.
It is with great joy that we’ll honor his spiritual leadership in making Grace what it is today. And we want to send Daniel and his family off to their next adventure with our full love and support. The hardest part will be saying goodbye to Daniel.
Then, with hope and excitement, we’ll begin to discern a vision for our future. The process allows us time to evaluate where we’ve been, to look at where we are now, and to listen to what God is calling us to be and to do in the future. We’ll all need to come together to participate in the process in whatever way we can. This will allow the search committee to discern the person God has already chosen to lead our parish into a new chapter here at Grace. And we’ll need to be generous with our financial support as well, as the search process will be a new item in our budget.
This will be an incredibly rewarding year under guidance of the Holy Spirit and the hugely capable leadership of our Wardens and Vestry. We’ll learn in a deeper way that Grace is God’s Church, as it has been since 1867. I think about the many generations before us who have offered up prayers in this place, and I imagine the generations of prayers yet to come.
Next week we will begin our annual giving campaign which will culminate on Commitment Weekend on November 14 and 15. We will offer our pledges as an act of worship during the weekend’s worship services.
With your gratitude for the past and with your prayers for the future, I hope you will be extra generous as you write out your pledge card, some of whom may be pledging for the first time. And, as always, God will be with us every step of the way.