Dear St. Luke's Family,
As your Interim Rector, I am both honored and excited that the Vestry has called me to serve St. Luke's until a new, permanent Rector can be called. On our first Sunday as Interim, Diane and I were overwhelmed by the warmth and vitality of the parish. Diane grinned at me and said, "You're loving it!" Amen! Vestry and I agreed to a 30-hour week. While I'll prepare sermons and teachings at home, I plan to be in the office Tuesday, Wednesday, and most Saturday mornings, plus Sundays. Monday is my sermon preparation day. My off days are Thursday and Friday. A Rector's schedule is never really that neat or sane. I will be available for pastoral emergencies, 24-7, so don't hesitate to call me if you are facing a major health crisis or other critical need. Please use my cell number: 916- 300-8861. My home in Roseville is only 20 minutes away from Auburn. For non-emergency contact, it's better to use E-Mail when possible because of my hearing impairment: firstname.lastname@example.org. I check E-Mail several times each day. E-Mail also gives me the chance to evaluate whether a concern needs immediate response. The ministry of an interim rector has a different goal than that of a permanent rector: My goal is to keep the parish healthy as we prepare for the ministry of the permanent rector. My approach will be to make minimal changes in worship, parish ministries, and in the rhythm of life at St. Luke's. The parish should not have to undergo significant changes under the interim rector, then another wave of change with the new permanent Rector. In coming months, we will come to know one another very well, but let me offer a little of my background: Two years ago, I retired after being Rector of St. John's in Roseville for almost 16 years. Before that, I ministered in the Diocese of Los Angeles in La Verne and Long Beach. I attended Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pa, where I received an MA degree in Theology. I also hold AB and MA degrees in Journalism from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) My secular career included stints as an Air Force officer, a newspaper reporter, an assistant professor of journalism, and a supervisory editor. Diane and I have been married 42 years (Saint Diane!), and we have three grown children and three grandchildren. Now, by God's grace, Diane and I find ourselves part of a new family at St. Luke's. For that I give the Lord praise and thanks.
Blessings, Fr. Dan+
|Deacon Bill and his family have been Auburn residents since the early 90s. Born in Minnesota, he spent his early years in Wisconsin. His family then moved to a number of U.S. locations and Italy (courtesy of Uncle Sam). Following his own enlistment (for 4 years) in the military, Bill otained his degree in Engineering (electrical). Bill and his wife Linda are the proud parents of two grown daughters. Bill was ordained as a Deacon in 1984 and has served in a number of capacities over the years. Bill's current ministries at St. Luke's include preaching, helping the lay ministry teams, and leading various forms of Christian education. While there are many aspects of Bill's approach to life that can be admired we think that the following quote is most illuminating. In response to the question "What do you most look forward to in life?" Bill gave this answer. "Starting each day knowing that God has something He needs me to do".|