Beloved St. Andrew's Music Director to Retire
Dear St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Family,
The book of Ecclesiastes tells us: "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." This familiar verse is quite comforting to us in times of stability and in times of change. Understanding this theology of God's presence in all seasons of our lives has played a major role in St. Andrew's Director of Music Ministries Margaret Lacy's decision to retire.
Margaret has been a faithful and talented Director of Music Ministries, Organist, and Choirmaster at St. Andrew's for twenty-two years--longer than any other member of the current staff. What Margaret has accomplished and has meant to this parish is far greater than can be enumerated in a single letter. However, it is no exaggeration to say that because of Margaret Lacy's determined efforts to bring the Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024 organ to St. Andrew's; her dedicated and loving practice and playing of that instrument; her devoted direction of the choir; her resolute direction of the bell choir; her artistic direction of FASO (Friends of Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024); and her wonderful liturgical planning of the music in our parish, St. Andrew's has gained a national and international reputation for excellence in its music program.
Margaret will retire officially at the end of October 2016. However, she will be on "pastoral leave" between now and that time. On November 6 (All-Saints Sunday), Margaret will return for one last Sunday to play the organ and lead the choir. On that day, we will have a major celebration after the 10:30 service to honor Margaret's twenty-two years of ministry in our parish.
We would like to present Margaret with a Parish Retirement Gift on that day. If it is your ministry to participate in this process, we ask for your prayers for Margaret's transition, and, if you are called to do so, to give a monetary gift. Please write your check to St. Andrew's and in the memo write "Margaret Lacy Retirement Gift."
It is with gratitude and joy that we celebrate this wonderful ministry, and we look forward to seeing what else God has in store for the next "season" of Margaret's life.
Peace and Grace,
The Rev. Dr. Robert F. Pace