Dear People of St. Paul & the Redeemer,
I write to introduce you to Monte Tugwete and Lydia Gajdel and to tell you about a reshuffled staffing situation at SPR. In letters dated in February and May, I wrote to tell you that Amity Carrubba, Heidi Olliff, and Bryce Rich were all leaving SPR. Amity is now the Rector at Grace in the South Loop, Heidi has moved to St. Louis, and Bryce to Kentucky. All were great assets to SPR. We will miss them. And I am happy to report that SPR has again attracted outstanding, faithful candidates who want to work here. We have hired a new Director of Children’s Formation, a new Administrative Assistant, the Vestry has set aside money to pay for women to preach regularly, and Dan returns to full-time employment. Here are the details.
New Director of Children’s Formation
Monte Tugwete takes over immediately as the Director of Children’s Formation. Monte comes with significant experience, having led children’s programs in the Anglican Church in his native Zimbabwe as well as in Cambridge, MA. Monte is studying for his Ph.D. at Chicago Theological Seminary in hopes of returning one day to Zimbabwe to teach children’s and youth spirituality in the Seminary there. Monte has been a member of SPR for a couple years and was a Godly Play door-person this past year. His new responsibilities include the Godly Play program, the Nursery, Vacation Bible Camp, and helping parents engage their children around faith. I am excited to have someone of Monte’s caliber joining the staff. Monte will work about 12 hours a week.
Women in the Pulpit
Amity brought many gifts to the parish. One important and visible one was her preaching. To mirror the radical hospitality of Christ, we must continue to hear from a diversity of voices including women. We will not be replacing Amity’s position with one person and instead have committed to setting aside money to pay for women to preach. Thankfully our parish is full of talented women preachers, among them Brenda Kilpatrick, Vinita Wright, Rachel Watson, and Cynthia Lindner.
New Administrative Assistant
Lydia Gajdel takes over the responsibilities of the central office including bulletin creation, announcements, weekly emails, filing, and the like. Lydia did an outstanding job as our intern last year and is in her third year at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Lydia is talented and full of good cheer. It will be great to have her energy, organization, and good ideas here regularly. She will work about 19 hours a week.
Dan is Full-Time
Dan returns to full-time employment at SPR, continuing his important pastoral, priestly, and preaching work, as well as designing communications for our big events. He hands over the week-to-week communications responsibilities to Lydia in order to spend more time and energy in two areas: Dan will focus on engaging parishioners in meaningful participation in the parish, including coordinating volunteers and expanding the Outings program. Dan will also focus on providing pastoral care. Dan is multi-talented. Please seek him out so that he can help you find the best way for you to engage in the life of the parish and in your relationship with God: email@example.com | (773) 624-3185 x226
Your faithful and generous financial support through your yearly pledges is what supports an outstanding staff, including the people above. Thank you. And join me in welcoming Monte and Lydia to the staff. Please don’t hesitate to email or call me with questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org | (773) 624-3185 x222.