Dear Friends of First United Church,
It has been a challenging week of discernment for me, personally. As we continue to live during the new and ever-changing norms of a pandemic I have realized that sustaining my bi-vocational status as a minister and a teacher is unrealistic. Even under ideal circumstances, it has been a balancing act, but an attainable one for the most part. In our present context a great deal of energy is required to reinvent and alter the way we do church and school. Furthermore, my movement between these two institutions on a daily basis is also cause for concern. After much thought and consideration I have requested a change in pastoral relations, to end my call as minister at First United Church, which would be in effect September 7, 2020.
I know that this is a challenging time for all of us and I am heartened by the outpouring of care you continue to offer one another. As you will read below in the updates the transition committee is in place for a new full-time minister. My time at First has been a rich experience and I am thankful for all the ways in which our relationship has shaped my ministry.
Please read through the information below as there is a lot that the Church Board would like you to know.
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