Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Happy New Year! I hope you each found peace at Christmas and joy for the New Year!
This will be my last Senior Warden Message. After the Annual Meeting on January 28th, I will “retire” as Senior Warden and we will welcome Diane Flayhart as our new Senior Warden. I have spent time teasing about how glad I will be to be out of a “job”. The truth is that I will miss being your Senior Warden, but it’s time for a change in leadership. I know that you will give Diane the same loving support that you have given to me.
Any accomplishments we’ve made this past year will be detailed for you in the Annual Report and presented at the Annual Meeting on January 28th. So I won’t spend time here discussing them.
The past three years have seen much change in and around St. Thomas. Some good, some not so good depending on your perspective, but all part of the ever changing world in which we live. We and the world around us will continue to change.
I hope that we are ready to embrace the next new change. I hope that we do not dwell in the past and that we see new opportunities. I look forward continuing to work with you as we face the future at St. Thomas’.
To those of you with whom I’ve had to share difficult realities and decisions over the past three years, I hope that I’ve done so with compassion. If I’ve offended any one of you when I struggled with the job of Senior Warden, I ask your forgiveness.
To those to whom I could always turn to lend a listening ear or a helpful hand, my sincere and undying gratitude. I’m certain that I didn’t say thank you nearly enough.
To those of you who shared your wisdom and those who taught me invaluable lessons just by being yourselves, thank you.
Thank you for trusting me, for guiding me and at times for just tolerating me! I appreciate all of you!
Wishing you a blessed 2018 filled with peace and all of God’s many wonders!
Jan Bahner, Senior Warden