It is with enormous gratitude that I write this note of thanks to you, dear Union Church community, for all your support and care leading up to and on the day of my ordination on June 25
. It was beautiful and humbling afternoon! On the one hand, it was the culmination and celebration of a long journey - years of study, prayer, training (including two blessed years as your field education student), more prayer, denominational requirements, and even more prayer! On the other hand, and most importantly, it was a beginning - entering a new phase of my ministry and covenant with God to dedicate my life and life's work to God's service. Through all of this, the Union Church community - You! - have been with me - showing me God's love; sharing this journey; trusting and allowing me to serve as your pastor; and affirming and supporting my call to ministry in so many ways. I am so very grateful.
I would like to say a very special thanks to our extraordinary Deacons and Moderators; my wonderful Pastoral Relations Committee; and other members of the community who did so much to make the day special - from supporting me at every step of the process; to being present at the service, in body or in Spirit through prayer; to proofing the worship bulletin (thank you Judy and Jean!); and contributing so much to the reception and day (including a gorgeous and delicious cake!).
I am so touched by the gifts of the book filled with your kind words and prayers, and thebeautiful stole. I will carrAy each of them into my ministry as daily reminders of the inspiration, faithfulness and great love of this beloved community. Thank you so very much.
I would also like to say a very special thank you to Rev. Stacy, Bill Merrill, and Aidan Cunningham. Words fall short. Each of them went so far out of their way to support me through the process and contribute to the day. I feel beyond blessed to call them my colleagues, and am so grateful for each of them.
It is with joy and deep gratitude that I look back on the day and ahead to our next year together. I hope to see some of you at our worship services over the coming weeks, and pray that each of you is finding times of rest and renewal this summer.
With much gratitude and peace,