Dear Resurrection Family and Friends,
As we approach the beginning of David Drake’s Sabbatical, the Sabbatical Committee, along with the Vestry, would like to address what is perhaps the most essential (and perhaps challenging) aspect of the Sabbatical. That is in regard to a cessation of communication and contact with David during the Sabbatical.
The Sabbatical is a “Season of Retreat”; a time set aside for reflection, restoration, and most importantly, a prolonged season that will enable David to connect deeply with the Lord and refresh his spiritual life. Sounds good right? But here is our challenge: we love him, and we enjoy spending time with him. Many of us have a friendship with David that goes beyond a pastoral relationship, so it will be difficult to lose contact with him. And guess what – that is going to be a challenge for David too, because he will miss being with us. After all, David is an “extrovert’s extrovert!” But as a friend, you know that he is feeling pretty burnt out, and we need to help him replenish and renew.
That is why all of us, including David, must abide by the boundaries that have been set up by the Sabbatical Committee and the Vestry. After all, if we are going to invest in giving David this much needed period of rest, let’s make sure it is EVERYTHING it should be:
Who to contact for what:
It may not be easy, but think of this as the greatest gift you can give David right now. In order for David to refill his tank and recharge his batteries, he needs QUIET. He must have space to allow God to enter in ways he cannot anticipate.
Taking this Sabbatical will enable him to return and lead our church with a renewed vigor and depth. It is in our best interest to support this time of refreshment by creating quiet space for the Holy Spirit to be more present in him. Thank you for your prayers and support!
Serving the Lord with you,
T.J. Anderson Steve Dassoulas
Senior Warden Chairman, Sabbatical Committee
The Sabbatical Committee, with members Steve Dassoulas (Chair), Patrick Cunningham, Fayne Farrar, Tim Foster, Meg Lawrence, Jeff Merwin, Catie Mickletz, Molly O'Donovan, and Dedi Whitaker represent a diverse group from our congregation, staff, and Vestry. This team will be providing information and updates about the Sabbatical here.