by Jim Dant

YES... This Sunday, I will be sharing with our church my resignation as your pastor.  I want to thank you for allowing me to generously leak this information to the church and community in order to avoid the melodramatic bomb dropping of an announcement during a worship service.  With the dissemination of this information, lots of questions have emerged.  I've tried to answer all of them as they have been posed.  Some of them require public attention...
 
YES... Our monthly Taize Service will be held on Tuesday evening, January 17.  Those of us who are drawn to this style of worship have come to love this monthly gathering.  It is in no way dependent upon my gifts or my presence.  However, I plan to continue to be involved - as much as possible and allowed - in the provision of this quiet space.
 
NO... The "11th Step Retreat," sponsored by our Center for Spiritual Formation, will not be held on Saturday, January 21.  This has nothing to do with my departure, but is simply a result of too few participants signing up.  Our next retreat, however, will be held on Ash Wednesday, February 22.  This retreat will be led by Sisters Geraldyne and Rosina Bayliss.  Call the office now to sign up for this event.
 
YES...I'm experiencing a flood of emotions: excitement, grief, fear...  I'm guessing some of you are feeling the same.  Let's keep talking, keep praying, and keep asking questions.  The conversations with God and one another keep us in community, regardless of our changing roles...