As we move deeper into Spring, the season of hope and renewal I am trying to shift my focus from the pandemic and all that it has taken from me and instead focus on having an attitude of gratitude. I lost my dad to Covid in January and I may never get over the devastation of that loss, but today I just want to be grateful for his life and his love. I was so blessed to have him always believe in me and support me in all my endeavors and to cheer me on through my journeys. I would not be the person that I am today without him. I am grateful.
We as a church community have a lot to be grateful for as well. We live in this stunningly beautiful town with farmland, forest and seashore. Our church campus in post card pretty. And our clergy and staff are stellar. In particular at this time, I am grateful for Ginger’s sabbatical time. She has been our steadfast guide and caregiver through many challenges in the last 5 years. She was solo pastor when Sarah felt a call to Colorado and she did an amazing job with her usual energy and enthusiasm and care without taking a pay raise for the extra work load. This made a huge difference in our budget that year. She led us through the search process that brought our wonderful Jake to us. And now, even as she leaves us for her time of rest, renewal and reflection, she has found a way to care for us and be “with us” while she is away.
She has provided us with a thorough and thoughtful “Sabbatical Syllabus” so that we can feel a connection with her and share in her spiritual journey.
Ginger also made sure to leave us in very capable and caring hands. Jake will be here though the sabbatical period providing us with our weekly Steeple newsletter and his thoughtful sermons and gentle care. Our wonderful staff will be continuing to do all of their tasks and sharing their talents to help our church community thrive. The Board of Deacons is always available to listen and to pray for any and all needs as they arise. And finally, Ginger has brought Rev. Suzanne Wagner who has connections here in Guilford! Imagine, her brother lives a few houses away from the church right on the green! She comes to us with experience and enthusiasm for her 3 months with us. Suzanne plans to provide us with compassionate leadership and to care for us in the deepest pastoral way possible during her time with us. Please join us in welcoming her to our family of faith.
All of this makes having an attitude of gratitude easy! So many blessings.