Rector’s Newsletter Article for December, 2009

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Paul’s,

It is the middle of November as I write this and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Marianne and I came to St. Paul’s at the end of September 2004. I have been rector here for over five years now. That seems impossible!

First of all, I would like to thank the people who have made a special effort to help me in my ministry in Troy. The wardens and vestry, both present and past, have been very kind and supportive. I certainly miss Dennis and Sue Allen, now retired in Florida. They were extremely helpful in making the transition from St. Luke’s, Catskill as bearable as such a thing can be. The good-byes, finding an apartment (then losing it), finding another apartment in three days, actually moving, etc..

In addition, Marianne spent most of our first two years here either in a wheel-chair or on crutches and we were assisted through all that by many caring people. There are countless others, too numerous to mention, who have been – and continue to be – strong leaders, faithful friends and committed Christians in fellowship and mission. What a blessing you all are!

Marianne and I came to Troy having made financial sacrifices for a long time (during a period of vocational testing, discernment, all through seminary, and then in my first parish). We are especially grateful that the lay leadership at St. Paul’s made it possible for us to buy our own home in Albia. Without your help we would still be renting the very small apartment we had on 2nd street. We continue to make improvements to our little bungalow. It is our prayer that we will stay for many years to come.

I think the most heartening thing about the last five years at St. Paul’s has been the faith and commitment that the congregation has demonstrated in putting disagreements aside and making the decision to make St. Paul’s a serious site of authentic Christian worship and ministry. I pray that God will continue to bless St. Paul’s, and bless each of you with a peaceful, prayerful Advent and a joyous Christmastide

In Christ,

Michael+

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