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This Week at St. Patrick's May 22, 2019

Posted by The Rev. Dr. Kurt Gerhard on

From the Rector

Grace and peace. I begin a sabbatical leave on Friday. A sabbatical is a set period of time that is set out in the letter of agreement between a congregation and the rector. The goal is to take time to refresh, relax, and reflect on new avenues for ministry. I am very thankful for this gift to me and look forward to returning with a new sense of purpose.

One of the first stops during my sabbatical will be at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland on June 2. I have recently heard from the Dean who will meet to talk about our baptismal font that was crafted from stones gifted by the cathedral in 1919 to the first Protestant church named after St. Patrick in the United States (that’s us). I will take a break from sabbatical in mid-June for our Day School graduation, Jenifer Gamber’s ordination on June 15, and the youth trip to Haiti from June 18-24. I will then resume the sabbatical with a return to St. Patrick’s on September 3.

While I am away, my assistant, the Rev. Jenifer Gamber, will be walking with you in faith and the wonderful staff will be caring for the day-to-day activities while the Vestry continues to provide leadership under the direction of the Senior Warden, Lalie Tongour. I hope that you will step forward to help these fine people. A community is all about giving back in love.

As I head into a period of sabbatical on Friday, I want you to know that St. Patrick’s will continue to be in my prayers.

Walk in love as Christ loves us,

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