Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Church,
One year ago today I began my ministry with you as Interim Pastor. Ten days from now, August 15, will be my last Sunday with you. Your new Rector, The Reverend Rob Baldwin, will lead you in worship on August 29.
I write with mixed emotions to say farewell and express gratitude for the opportunity to share Christ’s work with you during this year of transition. We have worked together to remember and celebrate the history of the parish, to clarify your present-day identity, to manage changes in leadership, to strengthen ties with the wider Church, and to prepare for commitment to a new era of mission with your new Rector. It will make my heart glad to know that these transitional developments have made you ready for the days ahead.
Many have asked about our plans for the future. Our Galveston home remains on the market and Gay has retired from teaching. We will take a vacation and visit our sons during late August and early September. We hope conversations with several bishops and deployment officers will soon result in a call to a new place of ministry, either interim or settled. There are some very interesting possibilities!
You are most welcome to stay in touch with us. We want to know what is happening in your lives and in the life of this parish. However, my role as your Priest will be concluded. Your new Rector will arrive soon and he will need every opportunity to establish a relationship with you. So, I will not be coming back or performing sacramental or liturgical rites for Trinity. We’ve moved before and have seen the wisdom in this practice. We continue to have wonderful friends from every place we’ve ever served and everyone understands that we now play a different role in their lives. Please make a note of the following contact information:
Ron and Gay Pogue
3017 Avenue O
Galveston, Texas 77550-6847
(Mail to our Galveston address will be forwarded to us wherever we may be.)
Ron’s Email: email@example.com
Ron’s Phone: 832-576-9019
Ron’s Blog: http://e-piphanies.com
Gay’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gay’s Phone: 409-939-9975
Gay’s Blog: http://angelsnakes.com/
May God bless Trinity and may God bless each of you in your spiritual journey. I remain convinced that the greatest days of this parish lie in the future. You and those who come in the future will have the joy of remaining open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discover what new things God wants to accomplish through the people who are Trinity Episcopal Church. We will keep you in our prayers and we ask that you keep us in your prayers as God’s new day unfolds!