A Time for Rest and Renewal

For all that is our life” by Rev. Andrew

As we come to the end of my seventh church year with you here at the Fellowship, I’m struck by a paradox. On the one hand, it seems like the time has passed in little more than the blink of an eye! On the other hand, I can look back and see all that we have accomplished, all of the challenges we have overcome, all of the dreams that we have realized! It has truly been a privilege to work with you all in serving the mission of this congregation during these seven years.

Having reached this milestone, I’ll be going on sabbatical this Fall. Traditionally, a sabbatical is a whole year every seven years, something that is obviously not practical in this day and age! So, as previously described, the Board created a task force to help plan how this would work for us, something that is new both for the Fellowship and for me!

You’ll hear in due course about plans for guest preachers at Sunday morning services and the availability of professional pastoral care during my sabbatical, so in this article I’ll describe my own plans. Actually, it’s the first in a series in which I’ll do that. The short version, though, is that I’ll be away from the congregation during September and October, engaged in various activities for personal and professional rest and renewal. I’ll be back in November, but not preaching; rather, I’ll attend services and also take advantage of opportunities to participate in children’s RE, youth RE and the Forum. I’ll resume my full schedule of preaching in December.

One more point I’ll mention here is that the Sunday before I go on sabbatical, namely August 27th, I’ll devote my sermon to answering your questions, beginning with “What will you do on your sabbatical?” So look for information this time next month about how you can submit your questions for me to answer in that sermon!

Yours, in faith and service,

Rev. Andrew.

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