Kathy Is On Sabbatical

Kathy, along with the staff and church leadership, has spent much time over the past several months planning for the time that Kathy will be away so that all bases will be covered at Rock Spring. Kathy’s last Sunday before her sabbatical is Sunday, May 14. She will return to Rock Spring on Sunday, August 20. Here are some details:

Communication with Kathy
The Council and Personnel Board have encouraged Kathy to really unplug while she is away. She will not be reading her Rock Spring email account while she is gone, nor will she review messages that were sent during her time away upon her return. Kathy will not be using her cell phone while she is gone (and thus will not receive text messages) and will not be reacting to posts or corresponding through Facebook. Laura will have an email address and phone number for Kathy and will be able to contact her, if needed. Kathy will be alerted to any death or serious illness within the congregation.

There will be a box with the title “Messages for Kathy” that will be in the Saegmuller Room. Please leave messages for Kathy (either passing thoughts or meaningful experiences) you would like to share with her. She will read these notes on her return as a way to catch up on what she has missed.

Pastoral Care
A team composed of lay members and clergy have been asked to assist with pastoral care and visitation. Laura will reach out to this team of people, as needed.

We have planned a sermon series called “Other Voices” (see story in the May Rock Spring News) that will take place throughout the summer and offer the congregation an opportunity to hear a variety of voices from the pulpit.


Latest News

The next phase of the campus renewal project will begin on Monday, July 24 and will impact most of the first floor of the main building. During the upcoming week, staff offices will be relocated to the second floor of the Hunter Building, as will meeting spaces for boards and other groups.

During our first gathering, we talked about hymns and how we found our way to Rock Spring. What theological questions or wonderings do you have? Cafe Kindred offers food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for you to order and enjoy while we meet if you choose.

by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.