September 05, 2019 by Jesse Lebus
Greetings St. Luke’s, friends and family!
July 7th, 2019 was my first Sunday as the Rector of St. Luke’s. Just two short months ago. In no way did I anticipate it as much as this coming Sunday! September 8th has ascended as a prominent deadline here at St. Luke’s. Getting ready for Sunday School, preparing a calendar with educational and fellowship opportunities for all ages, and finishing the basement projects!
I am looking forward to seeing the faces that have been away for the summer, especially our young parishioners and their families, and I am especially excited for our choir to return. This month our friends the Boy Scouts and Mutual Concerns begin to use our space again, as well.
When I look back over this past summer here in Sea Cliff, living and working at St. Luke’s, my heart is filled with gratitude. I am so thankful to the search committee for inviting me here and to the vestry for their support, flexibility and patience. I am forever grateful to our Parish Administrator and parishioner, Deb Thoet, who has been held hostage by my enthusiasm and graciously tempered it as well. Jack Pierce, as most of Sea Cliff knows, is an incredible resource and friend who has helped me navigate all sorts of unknown waters.
So many contractors, laborers and parishioners have helped to complete the basement renovations that it’s a miracle that we have arrived at a stopping point just days before Sunday School begins. Needless to say that miracle could never have happened without the generous support of Gerald Anders and the project management of Lanie Ganzenmuller. Sal Spina and this year’s confirmation class (Henry Spina, Drew Davies & Trevor Janusas) deserve many thanks for applying some muscle and the finishing touches to all the rooms in the basement.
Thank you Kristine Janusas and Laura Franco for maintaining our Sunday School program for so many years and your willingness to continue, bringing this year’s vision into focus. And many thanks to those who have volunteered to teach Sunday School this year.
I have a lot of hope for St. Luke’s. Not because of what I bring to the table, but because of what I know of the people I have met here. I know that together we can grow into a community of transformation, a community where people feel connected to God and one another. I am thrilled to embark on this journey with you all. Our family is so fortunate to have been adopted into your big family. Together, in Christ, we are all heirs of the Kingdom - Alleluia!
I look forward to seeing you!