Charissa’s farewell: I needed love and you healed me

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By Charissa Kaschel

Charissa KaschelIt’s a bittersweet symphony this life.

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you all.  The time here at Grace has brought a host of melodies and harmonies that I never would have put together into a beautiful aria that will be forever etched in my memory.

When I came to Grace in December 2015 I was in a mess both physically and emotionally.  I had suffered the devastating end of my marriage and the turmoil involved with that and I was recovering from a significant car accident that left me jobless and physically in pain.  To say that I needed the love and healing warmth of you all is putting it lightly.

In the several months following my beginning here, I missed a lot of time due to illness, recovery, doctor appointments, sick kids, and just about any other thing you can think of that might plague a single mom.  Every time I needed to call, leave early, or step out to take a phone call much grace and understanding were extended to me.  On days that I needed to bring a child with me to work, whether for a full day or a few moments, they were always greeted with big smiles and love not only from the staff but you as parishioners.

I have continued to learn great things both in the professional realm as well as the personal.  It has been an honor to spend time getting to know each of you, your families, and– most of all– your stories. Thank you for honoring me with pieces of your lives, your joys, your heartaches, and investing in us and who we are as a family.

Though we are moving into a new direction as a family, Grace will forever be in our hearts and minds.  My boys look forward to continuing to volunteer in the food pantry, helping with community meals and maybe even singing in the choir.  While I say goodbye as a staff member, I do not say goodbye to you, but instead… I’ll see you soon.

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