An Important Announcement

July 19, 2014

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to share the bittersweet news that while on Sabbatical I was offered a full time position at St. John’s Church in Montclair, New Jersey, and I have accepted the call.  It is of course very sad for me to leave St. Paul’s and all of you.  I treasure the five years we have spent doing ministry together, and am so grateful to have worked in such a devoted and spiritual community.  I will be forever grateful for the love and warm support you gave me in the beginning when I was finding my way as a new priest.

Our God is a God of new beginnings, and like all new beginnings this will be a challenge for all of us.  To paraphrase the great Anglican writer C. S. Lewis, “God refreshes us with many ‘Inns of Happiness’ along the way, but does not let us tarry long lest we should mistake them for home.”  I am looking forward to the challenges of full time ministry, and I believe St. Paul’s is ready for the challenges that lie ahead also.  You are a strong and loving community and a wonderful example of how a small church can be a healthy church – that is something I have always said about you, and will continue to say as I move out into the broader church.

I plan to end my Sabbatical early and return to St. Paul’s on Sunday, August 3rd, so that we have several weeks together to process all of this and make plans.  My final Sunday will be August 24th.  I look forward to seeing all of you when I return August 3rd when we will have a chance to talk about all of this.

Yours forever in Christ,

Candace

The Rev. Candace Sandfort, Vicar

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Chester, NY 10918