Dear Christ Church,
The Parish Retreat is here! I hope to see you there.
While I have you, let me update you about four things:
1] Did you know that several staff, Vestry, and lay leaders have been working for two months on a strategic plan for Christ Church? We are looking at the next 18 months, chock full of kingdom activity and growth, and listening to the Lord and each other for the priorities we need set. We are nearing the end of planning and will soon start the execution stage. I invite your prayers for us as we seek to improve how we can be faithful to God’s mission for us.
2] Two staffing updates! As Sarah Smith steps off staff with the arrival of their third child, we are adjusting two other staff roles. Drew will move from part-time to full-time, while Jodi Wicker will increase her hours (still part-time) to add Pastoral Care to her role as Small Group Pastor.
3] Many of you know that I have served as Dean in our diocese for the past few years, which means that I assist the bishop in the care of his clergy and parishes in Texas. I have stepped down from that role, at least for a while, in order to give as much focus as possible to the many things happening at Christ Church right now, with the property renovation, move-in, staff additions, and execution of our strategic plan.
4] After our event with the Cumberbatch family, discussing the history of race and policy in Austin, Virginia Cumberbatch sent along these resources for us to continue growing in our understanding of not only race, but also other issues being discussed in East Austin.
See you this weekend!