Dear Friends in Faith,
This past Sunday, Heather Fogarty announced to the congregation that I have given notice of my retirement as of July 1, 2018. I have done so with deep gratitude for the time I have spent amongst you, the people of Manor Road United Church, and with great hope for your future together. It truly has been a joy to be a part of your leadership team for these past 11 years. Last night at Executive Council as we went around the table, we were given the opportunity to share a word or two about how we are feeling about the coming year at MRUC. The word that was repeated most often was ‘Excitement’! There is a sense of excitement amongst us here in these days, and it is wonderful to see your enthusiasm expressed in so many ways. The excitement for me is seeing the congregation come alive and getting involved in our twin missions of ministry with the children and youth of our church and of our community, and in finding creative ways to reach out to those beyond our doors. While I will be sad to be saying farewell to you, there is joy in knowing that Manor Road United Church is a vibrant and engaged community that will attract fine candidates to the Spiritual Leadership of this congregation.
I am looking forward to our next nine months as we go through the cycle of our final program year together. There will be an opportunity for some of you to get involved in putting together MRUC’s “Ministry Articulation Plan” as you prepare to begin your search for a new minister. There will be a second opportunity for others to participate the actual search, interview, and recommendation process. You will be hearing from your lay leadership in the coming weeks with more details. As always, I ask you to consider prayerfully whether you would like to be involved in either of these ad hoc ministry teams in the coming months.
Thank you for all the love and support you have offered me over these past 11 years. I look forward this this coming year with you as we continue to grow in and share the love of God with one another, and with all whom we meet.
God Bless You!
Rev. Debra Schneider
People who love something have earned the right to make it better and keep it true to its deepest vision.
– Richard Rohr