As Synod Vice President Gail Kiyomura concluded her four years of service with us this past weekend, she wrote a beautiful letter to the people of the Sierra Pacific Synod.
"To my beloved Synod, I am overwhelmed with "thank you's" many of you posted on the padlet - my time as your vice president was rewarding and spirit-filled.
This past year has been unusual and, at times, stressful but what the last few years have shown us is this Synod is resilient and resourceful. God gives us strength when we need it, Jesus will comfort us when we are weary, and the Holy Spirit will keep us nimble as we move forward to "what's next". Know you are in good hands with Interim Bishop Burkat, Synod Council, and Synod Staff.
In the words of Monty Python - "I'm not dead yet" - if you need a substitute pianist for your church, please feel free to email at email@example.com.
I remain honored and humbled to have been a servant to this Synod."
𝘔𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥 𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘶𝘱 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶, 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬, 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦, 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘰𝘧𝘵 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘥𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘭 𝘸𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯, 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥.
A special thank you to Gail's family, particularly her husband Jim, for their support over the years. Thank you Madam Vice President for four years of service - you will be missed!
Gail's thank you padlet: https://padlet.com/catherine509/thankyougail