Dear Christ Church Family,
I am writing with bittersweet news. In August I will begin work in a full-time position at a parish elsewhere in the area (they will make the announcement soon, and then I will share more details with you all). It is hard to believe I have been at Christ Church for three years - years full of great work and good friendships. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for supporting and encouraging the important work of our music programs, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I would especially like to thank Fr. Manny for his parish leadership and devotion to our music ministries.
I will miss all of you very much - please stay in touch! I am so glad that we will be able to sing together again for my last few weeks here. See you - and hear you! - in church!
It is so hard to say goodbye. I didn't think I would be saying goodbye to Adam, our Director of Music, any time soon. Adam has been with us for about three years, but has now accepted a position to serve as the full-time Director of Music at another church.
I was deeply saddened when he shared the news with me the news that he would be leaving. And I am very sad because I can attest to the caliber of talent we are losing. It is very demoralizing, especially as we re-gather after this terrible pandemic. I was looking forward to a renewed community, an energized and revitalized music program dedicated to helping us reach out to God in heartfelt music.
A week or so ago, I wrote about the importance of having an endowment. I am afraid to say that without such a facility, which can provide us with some financial wherewithal, we wouldn't be able to keep or hold on to some of the best talents we hire to grow our ministries. It is a sad day for me!
As painful as Adam's departure is, my plan is to move swiftly and hire a new Director of Music. Our common life has suffered greatly because of COVID, and I don't think we need to keep our Music Ministry on hold any longer than is necessary. If you have some thoughts on how to proceed, please do not hesitate to share them.
Adam's last Sunday will be on July 25th. We will, of course, have a celebration for him. Please do remember to thank him when you see him or send him an email.
As for me, I'd like to thank him for his enormous contribution to our common life. It has been great and fun working with him, and I wish him nothing but the best as he heads off on his new adventure.
Goodbye, my friend. And thank you.