Ever receive great news, but then you must get back to work? That’s where I’m at right now. I’m just giddy and yet, I need to write an article for the Weekly Update!
Have I left you in suspense long enough? Well, just minutes ago, I found out that Peace received the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Grant! This is a grant of almost $50,000 that will not only allow for my dream sabbatical but will also allow for renewal programs here at Peace. I am thrilled for us!
Of course, my list of concerns immediately comes to mind, as some of my plan isn’t even possible right now due to bans on travel to China among other things. But I know that our sabbatical team will work through the details and come up with the best possible renewal plan for our congregation and myself. As we figure this out, we will be sure to communicate the details with the congregation.
And so today, I want to say thank you to all who have supported this idea of sabbatical for our congregation. I’m especially grateful to the council and my sabbatical team who includes Tim Vernier, Nathan Johnson, Laura Bishop, Nicole Crego, Al Weidler and Jean Villhauer.
Now let’s pray for a successful vaccine!