Search Commitee News (September 2018)

    September 30, 2018 | The Shepherd

    We are now accepting applications for the next Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church! We have received our first formal application with additional inquiries coming to us and the Diocese Office of Transition Ministry. We will continue to accept applications until November 21, 2018.

    As previously reported, our search committee, vestry, web-developer, parish office staff, our Interim Rector the Reverend Charles Colwell and the Canon Reverend Clair Woodley of the Office of Transition Ministry of the Diocese of Long Island have all been working diligently to complete all of the important foundation work for a successful search. Our team worked together over the past month to develop an extensive Office of Transition Ministry Data and Community Ministry Portfolio to provide interested candidates with vital information about our open position. Most importantly, this document provides candidates with an essential understanding of our worship practices, values, beliefs as well as our strengths and challenges.

    It is with mixed emotions that I also need to report to you that our search committee member Charles Golightly has tendered his resignation as he and his wife Nancy are relocating to Buffalo, New York. Charles has generously offered his time to review search related material and provide valuable feedback as we moved through the early stages of our search. We are grateful for his service. Nancy and Charles have regularly attended our eight-o’clock Sunday Service. They will be missed by many but particularly missed by our close-knit group of early morning worshipers. Please join me in wishing Charles and Nancy well.

    Please continue to keep the search committee and vestry in your prayers as we continue the important work involved in the search for our next rector. And please be assured that we continue this work as set forth in Ephesians 4:25:

    With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    Doug O’Dell

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