Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


Clergy Corner

Making the Most of Change

Maybe you already know that the word "apocalypse" means "an unfolding revelation," as in those periods of living when we look at our landscape that has become familiar and for the first time, or for another time, suddenly see it differently, whether it's the face of your child, or the way you do your work, or the make-up and DNA of your parish church. A revelatory transition calls for us to make the best of change.

"Be alert and ready at all times," Jesus said. Not so you and I can head for the tornado shelter, but so we will know that God is touching us and leading us into new and renewed chapters of living. In a recent text, Jesus said that "it is not for you to know times and seasons" ... seemingly saying, focus on your faithful walk and keep praying and leave the rest to me.

During the past several weeks we have announced several staff and clergy transitions. The most recent is that the Rev. Will Stanley is leaving us for a new ministry in Los Angeles -- his last Sunday is June 11 (If you would like to contribute to a purse we are gathering for Will, please send your check to the church, marked for that purpose.). Also we are bidding farewell to the Executive Assistant to the Rector and Vicar, Carol Johns, and to our Asst. Director of Communications, Andre McIntosh, and to one of our sextons, Brandon Hedge. This coming Wednesday, May 31 we are having a reception for Carol and Andre in the Bishop Commons at 5:30pm. All are invited.

In the midst of these losses, we are also pleased to announce that Caroline Fleming, already on the staff, will assume the new position of Parish Administrator, and Melody McNeil, also presently serving as our Receptionist, will become the Executive Assistant for the Clergy -- both starting June 1.

We are also pleased that our search for a new Director of Children, Youth and Families has come to a happy conclusion. We will make this specific announcement on Tuesday, June 6.

Please keep all of these people in your prayers, and continue to remember in your devotional life the work of the Profile and Search Committees discerning who the next rector should be. To that end, please complete the parish survey called "Holy Cow" in the coming week. Your views and perspectives are essential in this calling process.

And on this Memorial Day weekend, please remember in your prayers those who gave their lives for the sake of freedom and justice both here and abroad.