Dear Members of the Church of St. James the Less,
I write to share with you the news that I will be retiring on January 31, 2015. I have served as Rector of the Church of St. James the Less since March of 2000. For the past 15 years we have worshipped God together week by week, we have studied the Holy Scriptures, and we have shared the life Jesus called us to live as members of the Body of Christ. I have presided at many of your baptisms and weddings, as well as at the funerals of those you love. Through those events and in meetings, classes, and other activities, you have shared your lives with me day by day, and in so doing I have been blessed in countless ways.
In April I will turn 68 years old, and the time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life. In addition to our three children, Jonathan, Christopher, and Mary, Lee Ann and I have two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and three grandchildren - with one more on the way. Lee Ann and I look forward to spending more time with one another and with our family. Together we will explore other possibilities in the life we share. Our plan is to rent an apartment somewhere in Westchester for a few years before we commit ourselves to deciding where to live permanently.
I look forward to enjoying the next few months together with you, the members of St. James the Less. Upon my retirement an Interim Rector will be appointed and a Search Committee to find a new Rector will be formed. Your Wardens, Jim Hallowell and Ken Bohringer, and members of the Vestry will work with Bishop Dietsche and members of the Diocesan Staff to ensure that the needs of the parish will be provided for and that the search is carried out efficiently.
Words are not adequate to tell you how grateful I am for the privilege I have had in serving as your Rector. While sharing the Christian life with the people of God can be very demanding, it brings great joy. I thank you for your many kindnesses over the years, and I am confident that God will bless you abundantly in the years ahead.
Yours Faithfully in Jesus Christ,
Fr. Tom. Newcomb, Rector