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Welcome to Christ Church, Georgetown! Whether you are a long-time Christian, seeking to renew a relationship with God, renewing one from a past time, or are on a path of seeking and discovery, we are happy to welcome you to this community of faith. As Episcopalians, we are anchored in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith. We are a people of resurrection faith. More

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We provide programming several times a year to support the spiritual enrichment of parents, especially in regard to the faith development of children and youth.
Through the support of the parish, we are fortunate to offer a wonderful and comprehensive Sunday School and youth group program for children from age 3 through the 12th grade.

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January 23, 2014                                                                                                              View/Print PDF Version

 

Dear Faithful and Friends of Christ Church,

 

Last September I entered my 23rd year at Christ Church, Georgetown, with a heart overflowing in gratitude.  Now, after a significant time of discernment, prayer, and invaluable counsel, I have decided it is time to retire as Rector of this beloved and wonderful parish church.  My last day at Christ Church will be Sunday, October 5, 2014.

 

The preeminent characteristic of our parish life over the last 23 years is that everything begins and ends in prayer – in a living relationship with God.  Over time, this decision emerged and became clear in that same way.  It is both personal and very much about the life of our parish church.  I am convinced that this is the right and good time for Christ Church to envision a new future with new leadership.  

 

The most difficult part of this is knowing that the day approaches when Fran and I – and our children – will depart from you and leave this community of faith.  Over all these years we have felt completely embraced by your love and friendship.  It will be very difficult to say goodbye, but for the parish, and for me, that time has come.

 

In many significant ways, serving as your pastor, priest, and Rector has been my life’s work.  Everything I did before coming here was preparing me for this call and ministry.  The life experiences we have shared at so many levels and in so many ways are beyond summation.  Thank you, everyone,  for your trust, love, prayers, friendship, confidence, support, forbearance, and even forgiveness, over these many years.

I have been unbelievably fortunate and blessed this entire time in being surrounded by a clergy and professional staff that has worked faithfully and devotedly for God, strived for excellence, and found friendship with one another along the way.  The harmony, respect, and goodwill among those who serve here only reflects the same qualities in the wider parish.  This is an extraordinary parish church.  We have so much to be grateful for in our life at Christ Church.

 

The Vestry Wardens and I have met numerous times over many months regarding this impending change.  Earlier this month we met with Bishop Mariann at Church House to inform her and to seek her counsel about how to proceed.  I have every confidence that with the strong leadership of our Wardens, Vestry, and so many others in the parish, the future time of search and transition will, most importantly, unfold with trust and faith in God’s presence and leading.  It will also be a time of discovery and excitement for you, opening on to a new and good future, and all carried out in a prayerful,  grounded, and attentive manner.  All will be well.

 

For now, though, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Saying farewell will happen over time, but we still have much to do together in serving God in and from this place.  More about that at our 197th Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, February 2, at 10:00 a.m.  I hope you plan on attending that day.  It will be an important time.

 

This letter comes with my deepest gratitude to God, and to you, for the gift and privilege of having lived and served among you these past many years.  Thank you for blessing our lives. 

 

God bless you and all beloved to you.

 

In Christ’s love,

 

Stuart +

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