My dear family in Christ,
It is with both great joy, and a little sadness, that I share with you the news that Erin Wolf, our Youth Minister for these past ten years, will be leaving that position this year at the end of December. While this change is significant both for Erin and for us, it is ultimately cause for much celebration: Erin has been offered the opportunity to step into a new role at the diocesan level as the first Youth Networking Coordinator. As she will also continue to serve as diocesan Camp Director, the new position—one created jointly by the dioceses of Fond du Lac and Milwaukee—will be full time. Obviously, therefore, her accepting the new position means that she cannot continue on part-time with us at All Saints.
You may read the diocesan announcement here.
Erin has been deeply involved in the life, worship, and ministries of All Saints Church for more than a decade. It is impossible to quantify her impact upon our congregation, her guiding presence in the spiritual, emotional, and social growth of our children (and parents), and her contributions to this parish. Vestries, priests, and even bishops have come and gone during her tenure with All Saints, and her moving into this next, exciting chapter of her life in professional ministry marks, in many ways, the end of an era for us. It’s perfectly natural for us to be saddened by such a big change…
But y’all, I’ve seen the job description for the position the two dioceses have created, and in my opinion it fits Erin’s particular gifts, abilities, and vocation to a “T”; it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that anyone in her place would be wise to take. God is at work amongst us here in Wisconsin, and great things are afoot. Please therefore join me in congratulating Erin on this incredible opportunity, celebrating her generous service to our parish, and rejoicing in what the Lord is doing for, with, and within God’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
We are blessed to have some time, during this season of Advent, to celebrate Erin’s ministry here with us, to thank her for her service, and to share with her in the joyful anticipation of a brand new chapter that’s about to begin. Advent, after all, is all about reflection and preparation and gratitude for all that God has given us. So this is a perfect time to give thanks for what we’ve had and to look expectantly to the good things that are to come.
Erin, the words don’t begin to cover it, but THANK YOU! Between now and the end of the year, we will find additional ways to express our gratitude and our congratulations ~ well done, good and faithful servant!
Christopher+ & All Saints Episcopal Church