September 7, 2020
Dear family and friends of St. Stephen’s,
I know how difficult the past couple of weeks have been for all of you. John had brought so many gifts to our parish and with them a renewed sense of direction and purpose and perhaps, more importantly, the life he lived; a life of humble service which was and is a beacon we each can follow. In honor of that life, our search for a new rector will move forward with the same deliberate attention that brought this group together at the onset of this process. It is not a process that can be rushed, and it never should be. The mission of this parish, and the members of the search committee acting on your behalf, is to be patient. To open our hearts and minds to the journey that God has put before us. To listen and to truly hear the stories from those candidates who will be presented to us and to your vestry and then through prayer and thoughtful review, select the person whom we believe offers those qualities which will move us forward into our future and also gently guide us through our shared grief. It is our honor to represent each of you in this process. May the Peace of Christ be with you this day and in the days to come.
The Search Committee of St. Stephen’s
David Nevin – Alec Gilman – Cathy Carchedi – Josie Ellis
John Garinther – Susan LeBourdais – Chris Perry – Craig Smith
Rev. Francie Hills – Chaplain – Wendy Webster Coakley – Vestry Liaison