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January 4, 2018

A Note from Rev. Fran - 

Dear Friends at Clarke Parish,
     It is with both excitement and sorrow that I write to let you know that I have been called to the position of Rector at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in McLean, VA.
      I am excited because I believe that this position is where God is calling me to serve next in my ministry. St. Thomas’ is a loving community, with a passion for mission and outreach, looking for a strong preacher and a loving caring pastor. I believe that I’m a good match for them, and I’m looking forward to the work that God has in store for us.
      I feel sorrow because I will miss sharing in ministry with all of you. From the moment David and I arrived in Berryville, I have loved being your Interim Rector. I will miss you!
      I have appreciated so many things about Grace and St. Mary’s:
·      Your warmth and caring
·      Your willingness to pitch in and get things done
·      Your desire to deepen your knowledge of and relationship with Jesus
·      Your passion for outreach
·      Your support of the children and youth in our parish
      These qualities have made being your Interim Rector a true joy. I feel certain that your next Rector will be blessed, as I have been, both by these qualities and by who you are. I will be praying for you all during this transition.
      My last Sunday as Interim Rector at Clarke Parish will be February 4th. In the meantime, we will continue to do the work that God has called us to do together, Bible Studies, worship, and the Annual meetings at St. Mary’s (January 14) and Grace Church (January 28). I am working with parish leadership and local clergy to be certain that services and pastoral needs are covered in the time between my departure and your new Rector’s arrival.
With much gratitude, Rev. Fran