"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. " Maya Angelou
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist is a congregation that does not recognize barriers and faces the journey ahead with huge hearts and open minds. You are a people of strong faith, commitment and courage. The Little White Church on the Hill is and will continue to be a place from which the Gospel can be heard and witnessed.
As I prepare to leave, I am more convinced than ever that you are so blessed to have each other, to “be church”, and to move into the future with the hope and trust that God is with you.
I want to be sure that you know how important this church family is to both Kirsten and I. It is with that in mind that I need to clarify the following boundaries for all of us. The next rector will be exactly the person you all need them to be. That will happen best when I am not in contact with this community.
I will no longer be able to function as your priest or pastor. This means that I will not be able to officiate at weddings, baptisms, and funerals. I will be changing my email address and will be unable to stay in touch with anyone after Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Facebook has become an important part of our community life. Given that I will need to unfriend anyone that is connected to St. John’s. I will be removing myself as an administrator of the Facebook group. It is in great hands with Julia and she does most of the work.(: Please know that this is for the health and strength of St. John’s.
You companionship on this journey is one I will value forever. It is my prayer that our paths will cross in the future and big hugs will ensue. But for now, there needs to be a break, a time for us all to give thanks for the blessings and make room for hope in future.