Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


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Transitions at Holy Innocents'

  • The Rev. Bob Dannals
  • Apr 20, 2017
  • Category: General
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The Old Testament writer known as Ecclesiastes made memorable the ancient truth, "For everything there is a season and for every activity under heaven its time." But he was singularly unsuccessful in suggesting why life must be riddled with so many beginnings and endings.

Welcome to the season of transitions at Holy Innocents'!

We announced last week that Rena Stallworth, our Parish Coordinator, has taken a new position and we held a "thank you, Rena" gathering this past Tuesday. And at the end of May, Carol Johns, the long-time and stalwart Executive to the Rector and Vicar, is retiring. We will hold an appreciation party on Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30pm in the Commons. All are invited.

Both of these staff members added many contributions to Holy Innocents' over the years and we will miss them. The Rev. Lisa Zaina and I are formulating a staffing plan that will re-allocate and refine the duties in these areas and advance forward new job profiles as we seek to replace Rena and Carol. This planning will be finalized in June.

Several days ago, the congregation announced by parish-wide e-blast the news that the Rev. Joshua Case has accepted a call to be the Associate Rector for Children, Youth and Families at Christ Church in Charlotte. His last day with us will be Sunday, May 7. Joshua will preach at all the morning services, and we will have a "Goodbye Reception" for the Case Family at 10am in the Commons. If you would like to make a contribution to a cash purse in thanksgiving for Joshua's five-year ministry among us, please send a check noted for this to 805 Mt. Vernon Hwy., NW Atlanta, GA. 30327.

Transitions are full of loss and promise, sometimes difficult, and often full of new possibilities. The nature of Christian ministry is that at a basic level is always itinerant, each of us serving in particular settings for a "season," and then with God's promptings new ministries are around many corners. We wish all of our clergy and staff well, and I thank the people of Holy Innocents' for being such a wonderful parish of learning, formation and sending.

Bob Dannals