"What can I do to help?"
In order for the sabbatical to be a time of deep spiritual, personal and professional renewal and rest for David, the Sabbatical Committee has identified the following ways in which the Church can serve David and his family:
1) Pray! Pray that David will be able to find rest and renewal in his time away so that he can focus and listen to God.
2) Serve at Resurrection! David’s sabbatical will provide the Church wonderful opportunities to raise up new leaders and people who serve. Prayerfully consider how you might serve.
3) Dig in! Over the next 5 months, there will be at least 3 opportunities to tangibly help the Drake family by assisting with cleanup and gardening at their house. Led by Tom Bosley, it will consist of various yard chores like mulching, planting, pruning, weeding, and cleanup. This will be an enormous help to the Drakes and will allow David to continue to focus on his study and reflection. Weather permitting, this is currently scheduled for July 15, August 19, and November 4 from 10am - noon. If interested, please contact Tom Bosley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Provide David with the space necessary for rest and renewal. David and the sabbatical committee have carefully considered and established boundaries to ensure the success of David’s sabbatical. This includes a cessation of ALL communication between Resurrection members, (including vestry and staff), and David. David will not respond to voice, email or text messages during his sabbatical, will use a different mobile phone number and will not be on any social media. This may sound extreme, but it is what is needed for David to recharge during his sabbatical. Please respect these boundaries and refrain from contacting him. David will look forward to returning to the church family in December.
“What are ways we can pray for the sabbatical?”
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.