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Letter to Parish from Immanuel's New Rector

8/14/2013

Dear Members of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill,

I am humbled and honored, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the call to serve as your next Rector.  I look forward to learning your story as a community, and your individual stories as children of God. 

I am blessed to be married to the Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, and I am further blessed, with her, to be the parents of William, Peter, and Andrew. 

I am a native of Virginia, from the small town of Rural Retreat in the southwestern part of the state.  My life and ministry has taken me far from that little town, serving in New York, Baltimore, and London. But so much of who I am comes from the solid foundation in life and the faith that I inherited there.  I have been specially blessed for the past 12 1/2 years to serve as Rector of Christ Church, Pelham, NY, in Westchester County, right outside New York City. 

A favorite image of mine for the ministry we share as Christians comes from a friend and mentor who died recently.  He said regularly that even the most sincere Christian should always be like one beggar who is eager to show other beggars where he or she has found bread.  There is no room for self-satisfaction or a sense of having arrived; rather, we are on a journey of grace.

I hope and pray that is the spirit in which we, together, will seek to follow our Lord Jesus Christ. The saints and martyrs, both named and unnamed, remind us that we are called to this exciting journey, one that always reaches out and points beyond us to God's hurting, yet wonderful, world. 

May we support one another and grow in grace together.  I humbly ask your prayers for me and for our family, and for all of Immanuel Church on the Hill, during our time of transition.


The Rev. J. Randolph Alexander, Jr.


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