A Message from our Senior Warden

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Ten years ago this week, Michael White led his first service as Rector of Christ Church.   As you may know, we had been displaced in 2007 after a group of former Christ Church parishioners decided to leave the Episcopal Church but refused to relinquish the church building. The initial congregation met at St. Michael’s in Ardsley Park on Sunday afternoons.  Who could have dreamed an initial congregation of 28 could have grown into such a vibrant parish with a full range of ministries and programs in just ten years? 

 
Our church today is a direct reflection of Michael’s leadership.  He guides us with a steady hand and a thoughful and compelling spiritual presence.  He has assembled a wonderful team around him, all of whom contribute to our worship and the pastoral care Christ Church offers.  If I had to select just one word to describe Michael’s gift to this congregation, it would be a difficult choice, but I would choose “Wisdom”.  He is remarkable in his ability to impart wisdom in his sermons, but also in his steady guidance about all sorts of issues which arise pertaining to the operation of the parish and the congregation.  We are so fortunate to have his servant leadership with us in all that we do. The spirit of the small, early congregation continues here today.  As the congregation has grown, he has kept alive the joy we encounter every Sunday at Christ Church.
 
As I hope you all know by now, we will kick off the Fall season with a party celebrating the tenth anniversaries of Michael and Tim Hall at the Morris Center on September 9 after the 10:30 service.
 
While that party with some fun surprises will be in September, this Sunday we will celebrate the lives of Michael, Helen, Ethan and Jay as they have impacted us these ten years.  Ann Miller and Marie Dent will have a special reception waiting for us in the undercroft after the service, and we look forward to that time to celebrate the love we all have for Michael and his family.  Mary Raines