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Tuesday, January 26 2021
Dear Friends,
Circumstances did not permit me to attend the St. John's | San Juan Vestry meeting last night in its entirety. For a summation of the major points of discussion from that meeting, I hope you were able to catch Fr. R.C.'s highlights of that meeting provided in the January 24, 2021 edition of The Messenger.
If you didn't, please CLICK HERE to view it. As always, should you have any questions about anything, please contact any Vestry member. I know they'll be happy to help!
This was the last meeting for serveral retiring Vestry members. Members of he Class of 2020 included Jr. Warden Ric Weatherman, Andrew Bird and myself. I know you join me in extending many thanks to Ric and Andrew for all they have done for St. John's | San Juan!
While we say good-bye to those retiring members, we will also be welcoming new members when they are elected at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 31, 2021 beginning at 11:45 a.m. shortly after the conclusion of our regular 10:30 a.m. service. Be sure to register for the event. You can find registration information in The Messenger I referenced earlier, if you haven't already done so.
This is my final letter to you as Sr. Warden. I'd like to take some time to reflect on the experience. Serving in this position has been such a learning experience for me! When I agreed to serve as Sr. Warden the first time, I had no idea what was to lie ahead. If I had, who knows how I would have responded to his offer? I want to thank Fr. R.C. for letting me continue in that spot for a second year. Thanks, RC!
My personal thanks need to be offered to the other Vestry members for their support and work for St. John's | San Juan during this past year. Included in that list of members are Mary Bruce, Sarah Clifthorne, Doug Mahurin, Troy Atwell, Ted Focke, Fawn Hacker and Bob LeRoy. I truly appreciate all you have done and will continue to do!
Judy Bartels has provided me with so much spiritual guidance and friendship during this process, I would be negligent if I did not extend my thanks to her for everything with which she has helped me. Thanks ever so much, Judy!
To all my St. John's | San Juan family with whom I have had conversations, please know I am thankful you had the confidence and trust to speak with me. Regardless of the nature of the conversation, I appreciate your willingness to express your thanks or your concerns. You've made me a better listener! Thanks!
My wife, Lin, has been an unbelievable source of support during the past three years. Once a month Vestry meetings evolved into weekly Wardens meetings plus the monthly Vestry meeting and the occasional extra meeting that goes along with the territory. And, this past year it wasn't unusual to look at my calendar and see two or three other meetings scheduled per week in addition to the regular monthly meeting. Through all of this, she has been so willing to help where she could. Moving things around to fit schedules, making sure I had something to eat and drink and always wanting to know "if there was anything she could do to help." I really am quite lucky to have her as my wife! Thank you so much, Lin!
Finally, my heartfelt thanks again to everyone for all your encouragement, support and prayers!
In faith,
Mark Hampton
Sr. Warden
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