As printed in Friday Features, September 16, 2011
Dear Church of the Hills Family,
I find it challenging to express the deep appreciation for your support, prayers, and encouragement during my time on Sabbatical. It truly was an amazing gift of restoration for this pastor’s soul.
I appreciate our staff and volunteers, session in the many and various ways they stepped forward to ensure that the church kept running without even a little bump in the road. My heart felt thanks to our sabbatical team who work so hard behind the scenes to keep you connected and interactive with all my travels (Kelly Krueger, Jill Hesser, Char Ray, Lee Strattan, Rick Bailey, Mark Whan).
I also appreciate the wonderful staff we have and the many ways they stepped forward in leadership; in particular Terry, Cheryl, Heather, and Carolyn. I would ask you take a moment to thank each of them as well as your session, who provided wonderful leadership during this time.
I am also still swimming in the love I experienced with the welcome home gift! The Kilimanjaro backpack with animals, the gorgeous giraffe journal, and the crystal mountain peak will always remind me of the gift of the summer and the adventures we will share in the future.
With deep appreciation,