All Saints Messenger - June 2, 2016

posted Jun 2, 2016, 10:08 AM by Church Secretary

Greetings in the name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ,

Last week I began a conversation surrounding my sabbatical. It is a time of refreshment whereby I will disengage, study, reflect, and travel in order to return to minister among you refreshed and renewed in body, mind, and spirit. It is not a vacation, but a Holy journey where I hope to rediscover neglected and stressed relationships.
My sabbatical planning has gone on for over a full year.  Last year I applied for a grant from the Lilly foundation so there has been much planning with the desired result always in mind.  Unfortunately, I did not receive the grant but Chris & I decided this was important enough to do so we are going ahead with it.
My sabbatical, in an abbreviated form, will be: 
  • On June 27 I will depart Charlotte in route to St. Jean Pied in Southwest France where I will meet my son, Justin.  We will walk The "Camino de Santiago," also known as "The Way of St. James." The walk is a pilgrimage to Campostella de Santiago and the Cathedral of St. James. It is a pilgrimage of peace, solace, quiet, sharing stories, making new relationships and sharing God's love with all those you meet along St. James Way. We will finish on August 4th.
  • On August 5th, Justin will fly back to Colorado and I will fly to Dublin, Ireland to meet Chris. We will spend 20 days in Ireland and Scotland discovering the beauty that lies at the root of many Christian traditions.  One of the best highlights will be our time on the tiny Island of Iona, which is known as the birthplace of Celtic Christianity.
  • We will depart Scotland on August 25th and I will head to Montreat, NC for a week of Continuing Education.
  • Around the 5th of September Chris & I will depart for Colorado where we will split our time between Colorado Springs and the high country of Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park. We will link up with some old friends, hike, sightsee, white water raft, enjoy the quiet, meditate and write. We will also hopefully see Justin on the weekends. We will return near the end of September, just in time to attend the consecration of our new bishop on October 1st.
  • On October 2nd we will depart for our annual fall trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We have missed only one summer in over 30 years (we were at seminary) and both Justin & Emma took their first steps there. We will relax, read, meditate on the previous months of sabbatical and plan our re-entering back into our All Saints community.
  • My first Sunday back with you will be October 16th. This will be a special day because the new bishop will be with us to celebrate and preach. This is a small gift from the diocese since All Saints graciously allowed me to chair the search committee.
The vestry and the leadership team will need everyone's help and assistance during this time. Chris & I would appreciate your prayers and know that you will be in ours.

See ya Sunday!
In Christ's Renewal & Peace,
Fr. Gary+