Thank you all for your part in making the 9/11 Remembrance Event such a meaningful experience. The Firemen’s protocol is very moving and so well done, thank you Chief Getchell and members of the Fire Department. Thank you, Officer Gonska for your very thoughtful remarks. Thank you choir, John-Arthur & Mari, your al fresco singing was terrific! Thank you Pastor Erik, Rev. Jill, Pastor Ken and Pastor Trip for your contributions and presence and thanks to Trudy for pulling us all together to make this happen. Thank you, burger grillers, salad makers, chair movers and all the rest who did their “thing,” and in doing so, created a really special community event.
We are extremely pleased and blessed to announce that the Rev. Erik Karas will be the next Rector/Pastor of Christ Trinity Church, after a confirmation vote by the congregation last Sunday. Erik was ordained in the ELCA in 1999 and has served ELCA congregations in Wisconsin, New Mexico and Colorado. He has also served two UCC congregations as an interim minister, in Colorado and on the island of Vinalhaven in Maine. Most recently he has served half time as transition pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and half time as Priest in Charge at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, both of whom worship together in Augusta, Maine. He seems to be the perfect leader to lead our wonderful hybrid congregation. Erik and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, Hanna and Maggie, in college in Maine. Erik and Kelly will be moving to Sheffield at the end of July and his first Sunday at CTC will be on August 6. The Lord is good to us!