Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sabbatical coming!

My vestry has given me a wonderful gift - a "mini-sabbatical" for 4 weeks beginning January 9th! I cannot wait. 3 1/2 years of dealing with our post-Katrina world and ALL that entails has taken a tremendous toll on me and my family.
Why only 4 weeks? I am due a longer sabbatical, per my Letter of Agreement. But with the building project ongoing, I didn't feel I could be gone for 3 months at this time. I will take the rest of it sometime later in 2009 (probably after our "official" consecration of the new building August 15th - we should occupy around Easter but will have both our Bishop and the Bishop of the Diocese of Florida, who helped us out SO much in our building campaign available on August 15th so the BIG PARTY will be then!
The plan for January is complete respite time. My wife just lost her job, so she will be free to join me for most of it. We are traveling to St. Lucia for a week for our 25th anniversary (WOOT!), then will do some other traveling until early February. I am fortunate my middle child is in nursing school and living at home so she can take care of the 9th grader. It's all coming together very nicely.
I feel I am really limping to the finish line to get to this respite time, and I am oh so very grateful for the support of my vestry and wardens and parish for this time away to recharge my batteries.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


No, that doesn't mean I need to vent. It's a new verb, describing that special sense we try to recall during Advent - waiting, watching, hoping, anticipating.
It also describes St Patrick's church. Our new building is going up! It is truly fun to see. Walls are in place, roof trusses are up, decking of the roof is ongoing, parking lot is ready for gravel. Pretty exciting!
Less exciting is the LARGE gap in funds needed to pay for it. Please see if you can help.
But meanwhile - we watch it. We wait. We hope. We cannot wait. It's coming!
So is The One for whom we wait, and watch, and hope for. The child came, God became one of us. And He shall come again. So this Advent, we are Advent-ing on a couple of levels - and maybe, this time, we really get it?
Will you watch with us?