Dear St. Paul’s:
It is with great gratitude that I write this letter. I am honored and thrilled to be your next rector.
And truthfully…really… who wouldn’t be thrilled and honored to join you?
You are an amazing parish, and I can’t wait to get know you more.
I have learned from your vestry and search committee that you are a community who serves Christ by being a place of radical hospitality. You open your doors to 31 different community groups including two different churches and a preschool. You are working with different organizations to build St. Paul’s Commons, a place that will host Trinity Center and offer affordable housing for those displaced by the housing crisis.
You are a church that hosts families of many generations. You value worship, fellowship and study. You have Family Camp, a place where you enjoy each other camping along the Eel river.
I can’t wait to learn more about you!
I ask for your prayers in this transition. Transitions are full of mixed emotions. As excited as I am to meet you, I am sad to leave St. John’s Oakland where I served as Associate Rector for seven years. I am spending this month making time with parishioners to celebrate the ministry we have shared and to say goodbye.
In July, Tom and I are moving to Walnut Creek. I hope to spend some time getting away, and then at the end of the month we serve as chaplains for the Diocesan Bread Camp at the Bishop’s Ranch. It is something that Tom and I have enjoyed doing over the past five years.
I appreciate your prayers during this time, and I look forward seeing you all Sunday, August 5th!
With great gratitude and anticipation,
The Rev. Krista Fregoso