Hello all, The time has come for me to say goodbye to Ascension & Holy Trinity after completing my two years of residency. This goodbye is very bittersweet for me because while I am excited to begin my next chapter, I will miss the A&HT community as well! These last two years have really flown by, and I can’t believe time is already up! I have learned and grown so much from being a part of this community about being a better priest and leader.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you for your graciousness and patience with me as I have begun to find my voice as a pastor, priest, and teacher. I have felt supported and loved by this community every step of the way. I especially want to thank Eric for his understanding that while I was working here at A&HT, I also had many other responsibilities with the Latino Ministry Center. Honestly, it was difficult to manage both residency placements and maintain energy and focus at each one. It would have been downright impossible without Eric’s support and generosity. Many people have asked what I will be doing next, so here’s the Reader’s Digest version:
Beginning July 1st I will be employed full time by the Diocese of Southern Ohio as a Church Planter and as the Missioner for Latino Ministries. I have received the First Mark of Mission Grant from the Episcopal Church for $100,000 to start (plant) a new church in Forest Park working with the families who are currently a part of the Latino Ministry Center community and others. So, what does that mean? Basically, I will continue to direct the outreach ministries at the LMC in Forest Park (Homework Club, English Classes, Guitar Classes, etc.), while at the same time building networks and relationships in the wider community that will eventually become a worshiping community: La Iglesia Episcopal del Espíritu Santo. We will begin working toward regular worship together with a goal of weekly worship by Fall 2019.
In my role as Missioner for Latino Ministries, I will consult with and advise other Episcopal churches and groups around the diocese who are interested in supporting the Latino Communities in their areas. So all of this means, that while I won’t be at A&HT weekly anymore, I will still be around the area and available if you ever want to contact me. I will also be at A&HT on September 16th to fill in while Eric is on Sabbatical, so you aren’t completely rid of me yet!
Thanks again, and so long for now! Maggie Foote+