After Sunday's exciting announcement about the call of Anne Marie Richards to be Emmanuel's new rector, I would like to give you a timeline for the next several months.
I will be at Emmanuel through April, including Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Day. My last Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter (often called Low Sunday), April 28. Later that week, Tim and I will head off for several weeks in Vienna (not Virginia).
The Parish Meeting is on Sunday, May 5, at which time members of the congregation will elect new vestry members to help lead the parish into a new season in its life. If you feel called to serve, please talk with either Rebecca Atwater or Matthew Crenson as soon as possible. (In accordance with our bylaws, we are hoping to publish a list of the candidates later this week.)
Joseph Wood will preside and preach at the services on May 5 and 12.
As is customary in the Diocese of Maryland, the Rev. Stuart Wright, Canon for Transitions, will be the preacher on May 19, the Sunday before the new rector begins.
The Rev. Anne Marie Richards presides and preaches for the first time as Rector of Emmanuel Church on Sunday, May 26. It is a holiday weekend, but I hope as many of you as possible will be here to welcome her and take part in a festive coffee hour in her honor.
On the Feast of Pentecost (Sunday, June 9), the Rev. Joseph Wood completes his time as Associate Rector and bids farewell to Emmanuel. Again, I hope as many of you as possible will be here to thank Joe for his splendid tenure at Emmanuel. He has had three quite different "bosses," and I can say for myself that I could not have done what you asked me to do without his constant assistance.
June 9 also marks the last Sunday of the choir season, so you will have a chance to thank what I think is the best church choir in Baltimore and their director, John Repulski.
All of the above indicates the period of transition in which Emmanuel Church currently finds itself. The Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak will lead two sessions on managing transitions on the coming two Saturdays, April 6 and 13, as part of our Lenten offerings. (The program will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Brent Room on both days.) It could not be a more timely topic, and Carol--the retired rector of St. John's in Ellicott City and a regular worshipper here at Emmanuel--brings real expertise to the subject. I would highly recommend attending.
The Rev. James C. Holmes