Dear CPC Family,
The summer is coming, and we are all looking forward to more normalcy as we all hope the pandemic is abating. At the beginning of May, I shared with you that the Session had approved my sabbatical request for this summer. They have supported and encouraged me to take this time to rest, reinvest, and seek renewal. Thank you for all of your encouragement and support for me to take this time.
I am looking forward to reconnecting with mentors, family, and friends around the country. These relationships have helped shape the person I am today, and at this stage of my life, it helps me go deeper with them in gratitude for how the Lord has used them. In seeking renewal, I have an ambitious reading schedule that has inspired a small writing project that I believe will increase wisdom and insight into God’s work in my life, the church, and the world. Finally, the rest is needed in ways I’m not entirely aware of since rest is not something that comes easily to me.
The sabbatical will begin on June 1 and stretch to the beginning of September. In my absence, we have a great list of those who will carry the preaching load, and I am grateful to PD, who will lead you well during this time. The summer sermon series is “Summer in the Psalms,” and I believe that it will serve us well coming out of the pandemic to spend more time in the prayer and hymnbook of the bible.
If you need pastoral care, PD and our elders will be able to bring care for you. In the event of an emergency, we have put in place the protocol for contacting me. So, please be aware that I will not be checking email. I’m not ignoring you, but I need this break to serve you better.
My guiding passage for the sabbatical is Lamentations 3:24, “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” One of my college professors, Alan Jacobs, says that to acquire the requisite depth as a person, and I would add as a minister and person of faith, “you need to get out of your transitory moment and into bigger time.” This time of rest, prayer, reading, relationship and renewal will provide me a different pace, a “bigger time” to go deeper. Please pray for me as I am for you.
Grace and Peace – Randy