Categories: Rector's Corner

Farewell for the Summer

Sari Ateek
Sari Ateek, Rector

Dear St. John’s,

Thank you for your emails and cards wishing me a restful and rejuvenating Sabbatical. With the exception of this coming Sunday’s sermon, this will be my last official communication with you for three months. I will be away from June 5 – September 5. My first Sunday back with you will be on Renewal Sunday (September 10).

Here is some important contact information for the summer months during my absence:

  • Pastoral care/emergencies: The Rev. Elizabeth Tesi, Associate Rector (etesi[A] or 301-654-7767 ext. 309)
  • Church property-related issues: Karen Berry, Director of Church Operations
  • Non-pastoral concerns: Johnna Story, Senior Warden (seniorwarden[A]

Here is my parting blessing for you in the words of William Sloan Coffin:

May God give you the grace never to sell yourself short
Grace to risk something big for something good
Grace to remember that the world is now too dangerous for anything but truth
And too small for anything but love.

Yours in Christ,

Sari Ateek
Sari Ateek

The Rev. Sari Ateek is the rector of St. John's. One of the many gifts Sari brings to the church is his conversational preaching style.