Special Announcement from St. Paul's
Dear St. Paul’s Parishioners,
On Thursday, July 17, Mother Deborah called us to meet with her. At that time she shared with us her decision to resign as Rector of St. Paul’s Church. Below is the text of her resignation letter presented and accepted by Vestry on Thursday, July 24. There is no better way to bring you this news than to read Mother Deborah’s thoughts directly.
Mother Deborah’s last day as Rector of St. Paul’s will be Sunday, August 3, and we will celebrate with a traditional farewell service. St. Paul’s Church will continue to support Mother Deborah and her family financially through December 31, 2014. She will have the freedom to immediately begin her journey to a new calling. During this same time, our St. Paul’s family will join together to build our church.
Dear St. Paul’s Parish Member,
As many of you know, I enjoy watching the long running and popular BBC television program, Doctor Who. This program has been around for 50 years, in part because it is able to say goodbye to the actors who have taken on the role of The Doctor, and the actors are able to say goodbye to the role. A recent promotion for Doctor Who featured a quote from The Doctor that I thought was very helpful for a healthy goodbye. The quote is: “If it is time to go, remember what you are leaving. Remember the best.”
I share this quote with you because I feel the time has come for me to say goodbye to all of you at St. Paul’s. Several events in the last year and a half indicate to me that my skills and gifts are not a good fit to be the Rector of St. Paul’s. Because of this, I believe it will be better for the parish, me and my family if I look for another church to serve. Therefore, I hereby resign as Rector of St. Paul’s effective August 4, 2014.
As the quote indicates, I do not feel in any way the last year and a half has been a wasted effort or a failure. Instead I believe I have learned and grown a great deal. There are families and individuals here at St. Paul’s who have also grown spiritually during my time here. I believe God called me to St. Paul’s and now has something new in store for me and for St. Paul’s. After my departure, The Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, the Bishop’s Canon for Transition Ministry, will be working with you to help you as a parish enter the next steps.
I hope you are able to join me at 9:30am on my last Sunday, August 3. We will worship together, honor our time together, and “remember the best”. Please know that I will remember this past year and a half with love and fond memories. I ask for your prayers as I move in the new direction God is calling me. I am grateful for my time as Rector of St. Paul’s and grateful for all of you. I will keep you in my prayers.
The Rev. Deborah J. Woolsey
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