Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that I let you know that I have accepted a call to serve as Missioner for Faith Formation in the Office of the Bishop for the Episcopal Church in Colorado. I have been inspired in ministry at St. Luke’s in so many ways over the past two years. You have taught me much about ministry and have welcomed me to serve you as your priest in times of immense joy and in times of deep sorrow.
My last day at St. Luke’s will be Sunday, December 3; and my last Starbucks drop-in will be Wednesday, November 29. My decision to accept this call in ministry is the culmination of a long and prayerful process of discernment over the past months. I have been generously supported throughout this journey by you, the wardens and treasurer. I am also thankful for the wisdom and guidance of our Bishop Rob O’Neill and Canon Woodliff-Stanley during my discernment.
This is a time of hope-filled opportunity for the St. Luke’s community as the parish listens and envisions how God is calling the church into the future. I remember inspiring ministries we have created together: our renewed and enriched worship services, pilgrimage on the Camino in Spain, becoming a Believe Out Loud welcoming parish, and our intentional process to foster and create new ministries at St. Luke’s.
As I leave you to accept this new call in ministry, God is calling St. Luke’s to imagine the new ways your community will proclaim and witness the potential of God’s transforming power at St. Luke’s. I will remember you in prayer through the season of discernment ahead, confident of the abundant gifts of the St. Luke’s community as you strive to love God and neighbor even more fully.
I value the road we have walked together and will treasure the ministries we have shared at St. Luke’s. During my remaining time, I will strive to bring closure to ministries within my responsibility and train leaders to ensure the continuity of these ministries. I invite you to contact me if we need to reconcile or resolve any open issue. In keeping with pastoral and ethical guidelines, it is the expectation that upon my departure I will not be in contact with the congregation, including through social media, nor serve members of the congregation pastorally, except as permitted by the Rector and the Bishop.
Thank you for your patience and care during this time of leave taking and transition.
It was been a privilege to serve with you in ministry at St. Luke’s and in the wider Fort Collins community. I will long remember our time and ministry together.
Peace in Christ,
The Rev. Greg A. Foraker