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A letter from Daria Schaffnit

posted Mar 26, 2010, 12:14 PM by Barb Holtz   [ updated Jun 5, 2010, 7:11 AM by James Christensen ]

Dearest friends at Faith,
This is a hard letter to write.  When I began work as the director of CEYF, I knew that it wouldn't be a permanent position, given my training for ordained ministry.  However, I'd expected to spend at least a couple of years at Faith before a call was extended to me. 
Recently, though, I received a call to a full-time ordained associate pastor position at David's UCC in Kettering, Ohio.  I have accepted this position, which will consist of  3/4 ministry with youth and families and 1/4 of regular pastoral duties.  David's needs me to begin May 2, so I will be resigning my position at Faith as of April 30.  I will be working with the Faith Formation Ministry to assure that things go smoothly after I leave.
While I am very excited about the prospect of entering into full-time ordained ministry, it is a bittersweet excitement.  I love serving this congregation of amazingly wonderful people, so I hate to leave.  I wish to extend my gratitude for the enthusiasm with which you have welcomed me and the generosity you have shown in supporting the Faith Formation program here at Faith.  I couldn't have asked for a better experience.  I hope that you will stay in touch and will consider attending my service of ordination at Dover UCC in Westlake in July.