Dear Faith Family,
Below is Pastor Kathryn’s official letter of resignation from her position as Pastor for Congregational Care and Mission. She does this as she moves to Long Term Disability on February 11. We will have a chance to thank Pastor Kathryn and celebrate her ministry on Sunday, February 16 with a Liturgy of Passage during the 8:45 AM worship service and with a reception downstairs in Fellowship Hall between the two worship services. Please plan to join us and express your thanks for Pastor Kathryn’s wonderful ministry among us. We will also be collecting letters of appreciation and financial gifts for Pastor Kathryn over the next month. You can send those to the church office or drop them in the offering plate with the special notation, “Pastor Kathryn Appreciation Gift.” I know I join all of you in continuing to hold Kathryn and her family in our prayers and continuing to offer thanks that God brought Pastor Kathryn Kuhn into the life of our church.
Your friend and fellow minister, Rev. Steve Savides
My family and I want to again express our deep gratitude for the prayers and compassionate care we have received from so many in the congregation these past several months. Honestly, there were times I did not expect to see a full year pass after my diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer in January 2019. The fact that I am doing as well as I am over a year later is a testament not only to medical intervention but to the many ways you have carried me through this time with abiding faith and hope.
I am deeply grateful for the benefit of short term disability, which allowed me to focus so completely on my health since last August. On February 11, 2020, I will move on to long term disability, as my diagnosis and prognosis have not changed. Therefore, after prayerful consideration and conversation, it is now time for me to formally resign from my role as Pastor for Congregational Care and Mission as of February 11, 2020, because of my ongoing health concerns.
I do not have words for how blessed I felt to have been called to serve among you. This last year has been difficult for all of us, and I have appreciated the many ways our church leaders and staff, especially Pastor Steve and Pastor Nick, have accommodated the challenges posed by my illness. I pray that this formal transition will allow all of us to move forward with gratitude for what has been and hope for the future, especially for the incredible ministry and mission of First Congregational.