From the Rector
Dear St. Thomas Community,
It is hard to believe that in a very short time, I will be a father. The last eight months, Lorrin and I have waited in joyful expectation, planning, preparing, and hoping. We are extraordinarily excited to welcome our baby daughter into the world, and look forward to introducing her to all of you. God certainly is good.
In 2017, the Diocese of Ohio passed legislation extending eight-week parental leave to both parents. This is a very generous policy, given that many parents in the United States receive little to no paid leave following the birth of their child. I am extraordinarily grateful to the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, and my parish family at St. Thomas, for affording me this opportunity to entirely focus on my family for eight weeks this summer. This time will be incredibly precious to Lorrin, baby, and me. Thank you.
During these eight weeks, which will begin after our baby girl is born (due date is June 6), the liturgy will be led by a combination of lay volunteers and The Rev. Kelly Aughenbaugh, who is presently the Vicar at St. John’s, Ohio City and the Curate at St. Peter’s, Lakewood. She is a gifted preacher and an incredibly faithful priest. Likewise, I have compiled a list of local clergy who can be
available in the event of a pastoral emergency. Expect that list to be public in the very near future. However, routine pastoral visits, other than Lay Eucharistic Visitation will be on hiatus, during the time of my leave.
Needless to say, I will not be available during this time. Peggy Zambounis, our Senior Warden, is the delegated point person during my absence. Please feel free to contact her during this time, however, my expectation is that no major decisions regarding the parish be made during my leave. Vestry, of course, will continue to meet in order to address routine decisions under Peggy’s leadership. I will be receiving a weekly report from Ginny Kubiak, our Parish Administrator, regarding happenings in the parish. Please do not call, e-mail, or text me during this time. I will be contacted by Peggy and, or Ginny in the event of an emergency that requires my attention.
Thank you all for your understanding, love, and care. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and look forward to being back in the saddle in late July or early August. All of this is truly a blessing.