Dear Saint Matthew's Family,
It is difficult to express the depth of my gratitude for the tenth anniversary celebration that you threw for us on the 15th. The day was a powerful reminder to me of how fortunate I am to have been called to serve as rector of Saint Matthew's.
While I thought that there might be gifts involved, I was completely surprised and deeply moved by the incredible stole and chasuble that you presented to me. You could have easily purchased a chasuble and stole from one of the many companies that makes church vestments. Instead, you worked together to produce a remarkable gift that is not only gorgeous, but profoundly meaningful. It was a true labor of love, and I am grateful to all who worked on it, especially Laura Clarke, the brains behind the operation. Whenever I wear these vestments I will be reminded of our deep connected-ness in Christ, the vine, and the love and hospitality with which you have embraced me and my family from day one of our arrival in Jamestown.
I also want to thank all those who helped with the beautiful reception after the service, and all those who have added their memories to the time-line in the parish hall. It has indeed been a memorable ten years. I look forward with anticipation and hope to what our future holds for us at Saint Matthew's.