Beginning on July 1, 2014, I will be going on personal leave to become a stay-at-home mom. This is a decision that has involved a great deal of thought and prayer, and it is with a great deal of emotion that my family and I have decided to make this transition.
While I can honestly say that I love what I do and I love this community of faith, this is a time when I need to put my full attention on my children and family. Children grow up fast, and I want to enjoy every single minute I can of being a mom.
I will, however, miss my role in this church family, and I want to take a moment now to thank you for being who you are — and who you have been to me during my time here. Getting a call to serve this congregation as a 25- year-old right out of seminary was my dream job.
This was already a church that I knew and loved, and I was so excited to serve as one of its pastors. Thank you for opening up your hearts and allowing me to be in service with you. It has been a privilege to take part in some of the most intimate moments of your lives. These will always be some of my fondest memories in ministry.
Thank you for allowing me to grow up both literally and metaphorically in the faith. When I came to you, I had a lot of growing up to do. I still have a lot of growing up to do! This congregation has always been gracious and given me ample room to grow. For that I am extremely grateful.
Thank you for being a community of faith at its greatest. This is a wonderful church community where I have seen unconditional love and acceptance, both within these walls and outside of our community.
Thank you for being a place where children are accepted for who they are. The minute we wake up on Sunday mornings, my girls are so excited that it is Sunday and they get to go to church. I am thankful for the outstanding children’s ministry that this church offers, and I look forward to watching my girls grow up in this place.
I enter this time with mixed emotions. I am sad that I won’t be serving as one of your pastors anymore. I am excited about spending more time with my girls. What makes this decision a little easier for me is that my family will remain a part of this community of faith. We will continue to worship here together. We will continue to be involved in the wonderful programs that this church has to offer. We will continue to call this place home.
I look forward to many more years with you in this new and different role.