First, there are no words that adequately express my thanks for being employed at a place that provides paternity leave. Sloane turns one-month old this week, and being able to dedicate an entire month to living into my new identity as a father is something I do not take for granted. Though paternal leave is a right granted through our Book of Discipline, it is a privilege being at a church that that supports and celebrates the importance of paternity leave. I’d like to give a special thanks to Sam, our entire staff, and our lay people who have helped cover my responsibilities this past month. I have been able to have my focus on getting to know Sloane and supporting Addison; it’s one thing to be able to take leave and an entirely other to be able to leave well.
Second, I would like to invite you all to join in presence and prayer for my ordination service on Wednesday, May 29th. A special music portion begins at 6:30pm and the service starts at 7pm. The service will be at St. Luke’s Downtown OKC at 222 NW 15th St in Oklahoma City. There will also be a livestream online at https://www.okumc.org/annual_conference. I would love to see and take a picture with each of you at the reception following.
It feels poetic, appropriate, and spiritual that my first Sunday back will be June 2nd. I will be returning both as a father and as an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. There is not a church I’d rather be at, and I cannot wait for y’all to meet Sloane and to get back to engaging in ministry as we help connect people with God and neighbor!