June 8, 2015
Dear Members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church,
We and our church are moving into a time of change. The Rev. Ed Zelley has accepted a call to become the rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Metuchen, NJ. His last Sunday with us will be July 26, 2015. We are exceedingly grateful to him for his wonderful ministry to us for all of these years. While we are sad to see him go, we are excited for him as he begins this new chapter in his and Gail’s lives.
Holy Trinity has been extremely lucky to have Father Ed for almost twenty years. It does mean that we are somewhat out of practice in the changes involved in finding a new minister. We will have to determine what we want (or don’t want) in a rector. (Don’t worry: someone who can preach a six minute sermon is something we can definitely request!) We will also need to think about where our church is today, and where we would like to see it go in the next few years. Everyone will have an opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas. Then a search committee will be called, and a profile of our church created. Once that has been accomplished, we can begin to interview candidates for the position of our new rector.
In order to accomplish this search for a new minister, we will be in an interim period. We will have an interim minister, who is trained in this kind of ministry, to help us through this time and get us accustomed to the concept of change. We have been doing things in the same manner for many years now, and we need to allow ourselves the freedom of trying new things in order to be truly accepting of a new minister. Ideally we can expect this interim period to take approximately 12 months.
Please do not worry. Everything we do will not change, and those things that do change will not do so overnight. As your wardens and with the assistance of our wonderful treasurer, sexton, secretary and organist, we will endeavor to maintain our church as competently and consistently as it is being run now. You have a strong vestry who will support our church through this period of change. The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey will guide us through our interim period and help us to discern what we want and need in a new rector. Then, with the help of God and our search committee, we will find that person.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact either one of us, or any member of the vestry. In the meantime, let us find a way to celebrate what Father Zelley has helped us to attain by moving forward in healthy, happy progress. Let us also put together a wonderful celebration to thank him for his service!
Melissa Semmes-Thorne & Laurie Cimino
Wardens of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church