Dear Grace Friends,
On the recommendation of our Transition Support Team, St. Paul Presbytery has appointed Rev. Tom Sawyer of Edmonton as part-time supply/interim minister for the period January 1 to June 30, 2011. His first "block" of time at Grace United will be January 6 - 9. While he will be more formally welcomed to Grace and St. Paul Presbytery at a later date, the service on the 9th and the luncheon to follow the service will be a great time for us all to meet and welcome Rev. Tom to Grace.
Rev. Sawyer is most interested in meeting with and hearing the thoughts and opinions of all who care about the future of our congregation. He invites individuals, small groups of people and Committees to contact Mary at the church office at (780) 875-8959 to schedule meetings with him during his first "block" of time with us.
Our current plans are to have Rev. Sawyer's temporary appointment extend beyond June 30, 2011 to June 30, 2012. Major roles for him during that time will be working with the congregation to resolve outstanding issues, help define its longer term ministry-leadership needs and assist the congregation to "call" a new minister.
The next 18 months promise to be an exciting time at Grace as we plan our future ministry and our future facilities. We hope that you will share your time, talent and viewpoints as we plan for the future.
Morris Smith, Chair Central Board.