As June begins, we are thanking Jerry and Joy for their years of dedication to Holy Cross and its people - and at the same time, we have lots of folks who are working on "rolling out the red carpet" for Chana and TJ Tetzlaff, as they prepare to join us in July.
As we begin this new journey together, I continue to think about the proverbial "leap of faith" that you hear about when you are ready to make a big decision, to make a big change. So Holy Cross in 2016 took steps that amounted to a big leap of faith in discerning that we are ready for a full-time priest to lead us. And in 2016, Chana Tetzlaff and TJ - both priests - began to open their hearts to the possibility that God had a leap of faith in mind for them as well...and here we are!
"What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see." (Hebrews 11: 1, New Living Translation)
As I read this verse, I scanned further in Hebrews 11 to see that the entirety of Hebrews 11 is story after story of people who took a leap of faith - from Abel to Noah to Abraham to Sarah to Jacob to Moses to David - and how God blessed them as they leapt. We trust that God will bless us all as we begin this new relationship with Chana and TJ at Holy Cross.
Here's a timeline of what's going on as we welcome Chana and TJ:
June, soon! - Polly Lake is heading a Welcoming Team. Stay tune for announcements on Sunday about how you can participate in this welcome for Chana and TJ. Pat Harrill will purchase items to stock their refrigerator/freezer for their first few days in their new home. Fred Hammond will be checking on the house until they arrive.
June 30 - The moving van arrives! We'll have a small group to greet Chana and TJ as their movers begin to move all of their furnishings into place.
July 1-17 - Chana and TJ will be "nesting" and getting their home all set up.
July 18 - Chana's first day at work at Holy Cross. Carolina Villa and our admin volunteers will introduce her to the office and staff.
July 19 - Chana's first vestry meeting...and after only one day at work!
July 23 - Chana's first Sunday to preach and lead morning worship at 8:00 and 10:15
Sometime in the future - We will plan with the Diocese a "Celebration of New Ministry," honoring Chana as she begins as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Cross.
I wish you God's peace as we begin summer and this wonderful new chapter in the story of Holy Cross.