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June 9, 2016, 11:24 PM

Message from the Rector: A Bittersweet Farewell

Today is indeed bittersweet. I am reminded of the oft-quoted words from Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Chapter 3, verse 1).

Change is seldom easy for anyone and it is often filled with uncertainty. The Good News is that Christ is always with us. No matter where we go or what we do, we have the certainty of knowing that Christ is with us.

I will remain forever grateful for the eight and one-half years I have been at St. Andrew’s. When I was a senior in seminary, I prayed that I would be called to serve at St. Andrew’s. I am thankful that God answered that prayer. I and my family have been blessed so much more than we could have ever asked or imagined by being here.

As I begin a new journey in my ministry as a priest and servant of Christ, I will forever cherish memories of my time at St. Andrew’s. I will always remember:

-the beautiful children, their smiles and laughter, their energy and enthusiasm, their commitment to be here, and their deepening faith in Jesus

-the countless hours of dedicated service by members of St. Andrew’s, who have served by helping and nurturing our children and sent them to summer camps at the Cathedral Domain, Reading Camp, Vacation Bible School, 4H summer programs, and summer programs at the Lyric Theatre

-the commitment of time by members who have provided transportation for members, helped our members in their times of need, provided food for our fellowship, and organized parish events

-the dedication of members in preparing the altar for worship services, managing our financial resources and budgets, and overseeing the maintenance and upgrading of our church property

-the dedication of the members of the Episcopal Church Women, who have faithfully assisted at receptions for funerals, organizing parish picnics, donating much needed resources for The Nest, and assisting with Reading Camp

-the leadership provided by our members who have served on Vestry, the diocesan Executive Council, as deputies to diocesan convention and delegates to General Convention, as members of Vestry, on the boards of Reading Camp and the diocesan Commission on Justice and Peace

-the leadership provided in our community by members who have served on the board of Kentucky Refugee Ministries

-the financial support for the Nest, God’s Pantry, the Hope Center, the Black Church Coalition, United Thank Offering, Episcopal Relief and Development, and ministry in Liberia

-the commitment to welcoming everyone who has entered the doors of St. Andrew’s and treating everyone with great respect and compassion.

Although it is not possible to acknowledge all the faithful contributions made by the members of St. Andrew’s, one thing stands out in my mind. Throughout all that we have done together, we have always respected the dignity of every person and we have recognized the image of God within each person. In other words, we have lived faithfully the baptismal vows to which we have all committed as members of the Episcopal Church.

I thank you for your support, commitment, guidance, and generosity during the past eight and one-half years. I will continue to sing the praises of St. Andrew’s wherever I go and in whatever ministry I undertake in the future.

All of you will remain in my thoughts, heart, and prayers. I wish you every blessing from God as you embark on this next phase of the remarkable legacy of St. Andrew’s and its faithful ministry and mission.

May all that we do be for the Glory of God.

Faithfully, Mother Carol


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