June 28, 2018
Dear Immanuelites and continuing friends,
At the June vestry meeting of Immanuel Church I tendered my resignation as rector of Immanuel Church, Highlands. After much prayer and discernment I have concluded that it is time for me to retire and move on to the next chapter in my life in God’s service.
My last Sunday of worship leadership will be October 28, 2018 and my last day of work with you will be Wednesday October 31, 2018.
Please know that my time here at Immanuel has been the highlight of my professional career and I love you all! In the coming months I look forward to celebrating our 10 years together and bringing my ministry with all our wonderful parishioners to a conclusion.
Have no fear! Your vestry and wardens are fully capable to lead Immanuel into the next chapter in its life. Communication with the parish will be high on their priority list and more information will be forthcoming.
A Note from your Senior Warden in Response to Fr. Kim Capwell’s Retirement Announcement, July 1, 2018
I want to say hello to everyone. My name is Maria duPont and I am your senior warden. Many of you know me, but if you don’t know me yet, you will soon, because you will be seeing a lot of me and our Junior Warden, Vickie Forster, during this time of transition in the life of our parish.
When Father Kim announced to me that he was retiring I was shocked and surprised, and, after I caught my breath, I was very happy and excited for him. He and I are about the same age and I have also been contemplating the next phase of my life and work.
Also, I know that change can be difficult and upsetting. Sometimes the thought of change is even more disturbing than the reality. But I see this time as both challenging and exciting. It’s an opportunity for all of us to step up and get in touch with how we are called to be ministers here at Immanuel. What are our unique talents and how can we put them to work? We need to witness to Christ’s love in our midst in all that we do here at our church, our spiritual home, our beloved Immanuel.
When we have so competent and caring a rector as Father Kim, it is easy to become complacent. Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase used at 12 step meetings, “Let go and let God.” Well, I for one have “Let go and let Fr. Kim!” do a lot of the heavy lifting around Immanuel. Now it is time for all of us to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who is always by our side in all that we do.
Let us pray for guidance:
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our
being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by
your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our
life (here at Immanuel) we may not forget you but may remember that we are
ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Both Vickie Forster and I have met with Gary Rowe, our advisor at the Diocesan office. We want to assure you that your wardens and vestry along our Bishop, Kevin Brown, and Gary Rowe, will lead and guide this parish in this transition time.
Most importantly, over the next four months, we say “thank you” and give Fr. Kim our blessings, and wish him well. Please join us in thanking Kim for all his love, and caring leadership. Kim, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for guiding us in our worship, spiritual education and caring deeply about your parishioners. We thank you for sharing your life, your love, your stories, and your beautiful wife, Sherry, with us all over these last ten years.