Faith Episcopal Church Welcomes Father Tom Gartin!
The Vestry and I are very pleased to share the good news that we have accepted the appointment of Fr. Tom Gartin to serve as Priest-in-Charge at Faith. Fr. Tom brings a wealth of gifts to us. He has a pastoral focus with a collaborative leadership style who works to build relationships and empower leaders. Fr. Tom is passionate about welcoming all people and providing entry points into our faith community. He has fresh ideas for connecting with kids (and their parents), young adults, and senior members of our congregation.
It has felt like our congregation has been in this transition process for a long time. But when I reflect back on where we started in April 2019 compared to today, I now feel renewed energy and can clearly see God’s hand gently leading us toward our future. I am grateful for your prayers and patience while we worked through the various pieces of the transition process. I want to thank the members of the Profile Committee, the ARC team, my fellow Vestry members and Sharon Morrison, our chaplain, for all of the prayer, long hours and grace they have each demonstrated during this process. Thank you to Monica, Pat E, Cass and Lynne for their flexibility and willingness to help out in any way they could. Thank you also to Rev. Sonya for her humor and support. Lastly, I give a giant ‘THANK YOU’ to Pastor Liz for her guidance, prayers and grace. COVID-19 kept this from being a typical interim rectorship for her, but Liz’s constant support and leadership allowed our teams to focus on their work.
The Vestry and I are looking forward to each of you meeting Fr. Tom. A welcome team is planning some fun ways to introduce Fr. Tom to you all in our new normal meeting spaces. We all look forward to the day when we can all be together in person sharing God’s message for us.
Peace to all
Cathy Daust, Sr. Warden
Prayer for Transition
“God of all time and seasons, we give thanks for what you have done in our midst, and we listen together for what you are calling us to be and do. Help us to learn from the past and then release it. Fill us with hope, confidence, and vision for the future you are creating. Give wisdom and courage to our leaders, especially our interim rector Pastor Liz Armstrong, and the one who will become our new rector. We ask all this in the name of Jesus, who by your Spirit and through your Church, walks with us and bids us to lives of love and service. Amen.”