To Our Parish,
First, I want to thank Melissa Puzan for her leadership as senior warden, Beth Smith and Arend Beerthuis for their leadership on the vestry, and the vestry for entrusting me with the responsibilities of senior warden in 2018.
Each new year offers the opportunity for new beginnings. Many people take this time to reflect on the prior year and to begin envisioning possibilities for the future.
Prior to the new year, Jennifer and I had discussed that I would avoid taking on any additional significant responsibilities until after I completed my doctorate (presumably sometime this year). However, God has seen fit to alter our plans. First, the vestry began asking whether I would serve as senior warden, and then Fr. David spoke eloquently about answering our vocational calls.
“Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” Frederick Buechner
Despite the time commitments associated with the busy schedule I already lead as a husband, father, a “wanna be” in discernment for ordination to priesthood, doctoral pursuits, full-time position, and more, I have committed to the role of senior warden. However, for me to be successful as senior warden, we have to be successful as Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. None of us can do this alone.
As we take time to celebrate what we accomplished as a faith community in 2017, I ask you to lean in as we prepare for 2018. My prayer is that our mission, goals, priorities, vision, and future accomplishments will reflect what matters most to God on behalf of you and our community.
As you discern about the coming year, what do you perceive as your vocational call? How do your unique skills, gifts and passions fit with the work that God is calling us to do? Despite your already busy schedule, can we count on you to invest some of your limited time and energy to help Holy Trinity move forward in the next year?
To those already serving, let’s connect so that I can become better acquainted with your current roles. I don’t want to assume I know your current commitment. For those who might not be serving or have served and have decided to take a rest, let’s connect so that you can share your experiences with me.