St. Thomas’s–the next chapter now begins

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A Message from the Vestry November 2, 2017

Dear Friends,

THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make Father Paul and Marilyn Gennett’s last Sunday at St. Thomas’s a special day. And thanks to everyone who came out on a rainy, dreary day to show your love and appreciation for the Gennetts.

We all have our own thoughts and feelings about the retirement of Father Paul and what it means for us, both individually and as a parish. We’re sad, we’re anxious, we’re wondering. It will take time to sort through all of this, and it will be different for each one of us. This normal, so accept whatever is in your heart.

What comes next for St. Thomas’s? Most importantly, our Sunday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist will continue at 8:00 and 10:30. The Rev. Elizabeth Masterson will lead all of our regular and special services in November and December. She will also be doing pastoral care. Please wear your nametags so that she can get to know you. She looks forward to seeing everyone on November 5—and please remember to FALL BACK on Saturday night so that you get to church on time!

The vestry is committed to keeping St. Thomas’s active and healthy during the interim period. But doing this will require everyone’s participation. We are all of us entrusted with the care of this particular portion of God’s kingdom here in Newark, Delaware. Keep up with the Google groups messages and the Carpenter’s Helper to learn about opportunities for worship, fellowship, and service.

The transition process will be a major focus in the months to come. The process will take time and patience, for we must follow diocesan procedures. Here’s an update on where we are:

  • The vestry is making progress on securing an interim rector to serve the parish beginning in early 2018. Since this is a personnel matter, we can’t say anything until we have something to say. As soon as arrangements with the interim rector are finalized, we will make a public announcement.
  • The vestry and transition committee will be meeting with our transition consultant on November 11 to learn more about the process.
  • The vestry will be selecting the search committee, which will begin work shortly after the interim rector arrives.
  • Once we know more about the process, we will provide a road map of what is involved and keep the parish updated on progress.

We’re on a journey into new territory—there will be some twists and turns along the way–and we hope that everyone will join us. With God’s help, the days ahead will be interesting and rewarding as we move Forward in Faith, one step at a time.

Thank you for your support of St. Thomas’s Parish. Please keep the church in your prayers.

Connie Cooper
Senior Warden