By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter August 23, 2018

Everyone needs Sabbath time for rest and renewal. Have you ever wondered when ministers find Sabbath time? A few years ago, the church adopted a Sabbatical Policy for ordained staff ministers, which creates an intentional season of rest and renewal every seven years. This year the personnel committee approved the sabbatical of our Children’s Minister, Rev. Ruth DuCharme, from September 1-30. During this time, Ruth will be resting and renewing her body, mind, and spirit.

"A sabbatical is a time of personal and professional renewal and enrichment," noted Jim Netherton, Chair of Personnel Committee. "I pray that this sabbatical will allow Ruth the opportunity for rest, reflection, and spiritual growth that will deepen and strengthen her ministry with us."

Throughout her time away, Ruth will set an intentionally slower pace for her life by resting, studying, worshiping in other churches, and engaging in a week-long mentoring session in Houston, Texas, with Jeanie Miley, Spiritual Director and Author. Unlike a vacation, sabbaticals offer purposeful rest and vocational renewal. The hardest work that she will do is simply rest.

While Ruth is away, our staff and church members will step up on Sundays and Wednesdays, directing choirs and leading in family ministry. Ruth is excited about this opportunity to get away for a little while; to rest and rejuvenate her ministry with us. Please keep her in your prayers as she leaves us for this month of rest and renewal.