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    Dearest brothers and sisters in Christ,

    I am thrilled to announce that, with your blessings, we are applying for a Lilly Grant for Pastor Will for the next chapter of his sabbatical journey which will be taken in the fall of 2025 if the grant is awarded. This time, his focus will be twofold: to travel in Europe and explore ancient monasteries, delving into the heart of Gregorian tradition with his beloved Tracy, and to tell and share the story of his 25 years of ministry through a unique project – arranging and scoring a collection of his original chants, many of which we have sung together as a congregation.

    Last summer’s call to silent retreat was the first part of his sabbatical, and now his time of rest and renewal is a call within Pastor Will to rediscover “what makes his heart sing.” His travel with Tracy promises not only personal renewal but also an enriching pilgrimage that will undoubtedly inspire new creations. His chants, rooted in his ministry journey, resonate with our own. They offer a window into his faith, and a mirror reflecting our shared human experience. Through shared chanting, we connect with something larger than ourselves, finding solace and strength in community.

    We can’t wait to welcome them back at the end of his sabbatical with a chant evening in Ripley chapel and brimming with experiences and reflections to share, their spirits refreshed and their connection to God and our community even deeper.

    Will has called together a small group from the congregation (Susan Rozmanith from Personnel, Tony McPherson from Deacons, Jane Ring Frank from Ministry Team, and myself from Leadership Team) to apply for a grant from the Lilly Endowment for Clergy Renewal Program, and with our support, he hopes to be awarded the funding to sustain not only the sabbatical, but the congregation in his absence.

    As a congregation, we’re excited for Pastor Will. His exploration is not just a personal journey; it’s a chance for all of us to learn and grow together. Let’s shower him with unwavering support as we look forward to his rest and renewal, knowing his heart singing helps our hearts to sing as well. We’ll share more information with you as it comes.

    Peace and love,

    Christine Tresselt