Dear Jesse Lee Family,
The care of clergy is an important priority for the United Methodist Church and the New York Annual Conference. By Discipline and Conference policy, clergy are directed to spend intention time in prayer meditation and personal study: one hour a day, one day a month, one week a year, and every four years to take four weeks. I have not had an extended time for this spiritual renewal since 2009 and will begin 4 weeks for reconnecting time beginning this Sunday May 7th after services. I will return on June 5th. In that interim our excellent staff will be supported by our lay ministers, and if necessary the Rev. Michael Barry who served as our associate for two years and currently is pastor at Stephen’s Memorial in South Salem. Pastor Maria Pia, our lay servants, and the youth will give leadership to our worship time in the interim. I appreciate your prayers for them and for me during this time of sabbath.