Decorating the sanctuary for Christmas 2017.
Dear St. Mark Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As our family has felt all the more connected to the St. Mark family of Christ over the past year, it’s been a joy to announce that the Fast’s ranks will be growing in 2018! Bryan, John, and I expect a new baby boy to arrive on or around March 19th, 2018. We are trying to anticipate what it will be like to add a new little member to our family and watch our hearts expand in love for this little child of God. It’s hard to know exactly what that will be like, but we are hopeful in awaiting the new adventure.
I plan to work up until my due date (or as close to it as I can) and then will be on maternity leave for 8 full weeks. When I return, the first 4 weeks I’m back I will be working part time - covering worship and pastoral care responsibilities, as well as any office duties that arise. I appreciate the support of the Church Council for approving my leave and for all who will help things run smoothly in my absence.
During my time away, Pastor Jon Keiser (who you may remember from the interim period) will be preaching and presiding. He will also be on call for pastoral care emergencies and has a couple of other pastors in our congregation who have agreed to be on call as needed.
If you have any needs during my absence, don’t hesitate to call the church office. Willie, our administrator, will be happy to connect you with the right person who can provide support or answer questions.
During my maternity leave I will not be answering e-mails, checking Facebook, or responding to phone or text messages on a regular basis. Our staff and council know how to contact me in the case of emergencies, and if you have a concern, again I would encourage you to contact one of our staff or council. As many of you might understand from giving birth or going through a major medical event, it takes time and rest to heal and regain strength and energy. My hope is to focus my time on recovery and care for our newborn son and family, so that my transition back to church life will go as smoothly as possible.
Some of you might be wondering if you’ll see our family in worship or at church events in the weeks immediately following the birth and while I’m on leave. At this point we aren’t going to make any promises or commitments, just because we don’t know how things will be with the new baby. If we do happen to make it, it will be a fun surprise! We promise we’ll get to introduce you to the baby as soon as we arrive back from leave.
Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of support from our brothers and sisters in Christ here at St. Mark. Thank you all for your prayers, encouraging conversations, laughter about baby things, and support. Our family will hold you close in our prayers while we are away.
It will be a joy to return to service here at St. Mark sometime in May with a new bundle of joy in my arms!
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