West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
This year I am taking those thoughts to heart. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is giving me the opportunity to take the months of July and August off completely. (There is an article from the committee about this arrangement later in the newsletter.) The congregation will be cared for with guest worship leaders on Sunday mornings (including some of you); some of my clergy colleagues will provide emergency pastoral care where it is needed.
The United Methodist Discipline (our book of church law) encourages clergy to periodically take time off for rest and renewal. This is the first time I have done so in my 33 years of full-time ministry. I plan to use the time visiting family, reading, attending some continuing education events, and working on a few projects that I have wanted to find time to do over the years.
I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward not only to the summer but also to coming back in the fall renewed and ready to embrace the important work we do together as God’s people.