Updates from the Rev. James Holmes

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to be back at Emmanuel as your Interim Rector.  Our six months here 2015 - 2016 was a great time for both Tim and me, and we look forward to being with you again.  Since leaving Emmanuel I have served as the supply priest for several months at St. John's in the Village here in Baltimore, and then as the supply priest at St. Alban's in Glen Burnie, again for several months.  I have just finished a short supply at All Hallows', Davidsonville, where Canon Sulerud (to be called Mother Mary there) is now the Interim Rector.  Being a supply priest has given me a chance to be with congregations of various sizes and demographics, as well as in various places on their corporate journeys.

As you may remember, we moved into a retirement community in Prince George's County while we were here before.  We are well settled there.  Tim is the head of the drama committee and has already directed several plays and other events.  He has also become quite adept at designing posters for the committee.  Tim serves the Episcopal congregation as a lay Eucharistic minister, taking Communion on a regular basis to residents of the nursing and assisted living units.  I work weekly in the Country Store, a small convenience store particularly for residents who no longer drive.  I have officiated at several funerals, and officiate at the weekly Episcopal service from time to time.

Don't worry, we have not forgotten travel.  We spent several weeks on a lake in Western Maine last year, as well as ten days in Italy, visiting the Cinque Terre and Sorrento for the first time.  This spring we spent a couple of weeks in St. Remy de Provence, just south of Avignon in France.  It was fun renting a house which was a great base for touring as well as being within easy walking distance of a splendid bakery and several restaurants.

I am excited to be back with Emmanuel's wonderful people and I look forward to reconnecting with you in the weeks ahead.

Jim Holmes