Grace and peace! This is Thanksgiving week and I am reminded that we are greatly blessed here at St. Patrick’s. I am thankful for Parish Administrator Karen Melchar. She has been at St. Patrick’s for almost eleven years. Karen is absolutely amazing. That is why I am sad to announce that Karen will retire as our parish administrator early in the new calendar year. Karen and Benno are not leaving the area or their membership at St. Patrick’s, so we will still be able to be in community with her. We plan to celebrate Karen’s contribution to St. Patrick’s in January. Please stay posted about when.
Karen’s is the glue in our team, so Karen’s departure will be a big change in how your church functions. The Vestry will be set up a committee to search for a new parish administrator after taking time to evaluate the key attributes we are seeking in this important role at next week’s Vestry meeting. We will never find a replacement for Karen, but we will be looking for someone to carve out a new niche on our team. If you know of people who might be interested in the position, please let me know.