August 7, 2014
It is with both joy and sadness that I write to announce that I have accepted the call to be the next rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Millbrook, New York. My first Sunday there will be September 21. My last Sunday here will be September 14.
Grace is the church where Eli was baptized 24 years ago, which sponsored me for ordination, and which is located near our home in Duchess County New York. We left twenty years ago so that I might attend seminary and become a priest. I am excited to return and serve there for the next phase of my ordained ministry.
But of course it is hard to leave St Timothy’s. I have served here for thirteen years and deeply love the people, staff and place. We have walked together in good times and bad, seen the church full and nearly empty, and embarked together on an exciting project of renovation, rebuilding and spiritual renewal. We have a great Vestry, staff and, with the addition of the Anam Cara Christian Center for Spiritual Formation, a new path for growth and service. There are children and young families in the pews, youth groups starting to grow, and a solid core of committed lay leaders. The new parish hall is working wonderfully and we have just put the finishing touches on the grounds with a labyrinth and grove of dogwoods. I believe that St Timothy’s is about to enter a new period of vitality and growth, and it will be an exciting church for the next rector to be part of.
I thank you for the opportunity to live and serve Christ among you. Mary, Eli and I have loved living here. You and all the people here will forever be in my heart. But I believe the Holy Spirit has plans for new beginnings for both St Tim’s and me. Therefore I offer my resignation as your fourth Rector and ask for your blessing as I leave for my next call.
"This is my Church." Lois Leftwich on St. Timothy's