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A bittersweet message from David Booman

October 10, 2021

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now (Philippians 1.3-4).

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

For the last ten years, St. Michael’s has been more than a church to me, more than a job, more than a ministry. You have been my family. From the day I arrived in the Spring of 2012, you welcomed me, loved me, and cared for me, as Christ himself.

Therefore it is with a full heart that I share with you how the Lord is calling me to a new parish and season of ministry. Last week I accepted a call from the Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter, SC, to serve as their rector. I feel tremendous excitement about this new adventure, but have also discovered how heart-rending it is to say goodbye to dear friends. As I said, my heart is full.

The past ten years have been without question, the best ten years of my life. I am a different person from having spent this time with you and have grown tremendously through your witness and devotion to our Savior. Truly, the trajectory of my life and family will never be the same.

In the coming weeks there will be more goodbyes and thank-you’s, but today, I do want to especially thank Fr. Al and our vestry for taking a chance on an inexperienced country boy from Minnesota. You saw things in me that I didn’t even see in myself and have drawn out the best of the gifts God has given me. Thank you for the honor of serving here with you.

My last Sunday will be October 31st, and my last day in the office will be Nov. 3. In the coming days I look forward to saying goodbye more personally and to celebrating the extraordinary things the Lord has done in our midst.

May the Lord bless you abundantly to know the heights, depths, and breadth of His love, today and always!

With love and gratitude in Christ,

David

 

And a message from the Rector:

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
(Proverbs 27:17)
Dear St. Michaelites and Friends:
It is hard to put into words the mixture of emotions I’m feeling as together with you, I read this letter from the Rev. David Booman. Like Tevye in the Fiddler on the Roof, on the one hand, there is tremendous joy for the Boomans in this natural next step in their ministry! What a wonderful call! On the other hand, their presence, friendship, and ministry among us will be so sorely missed.
David has been a trusted colleague and dear friend for lo these many years! His quiet but firm leadership has taken him from leading our Pastoral Care and Healing teams, to most recently our Children and Family Ministry, and many a transformed life in the process! I think of all the countless worship Sundays, Alphas, meetings, and even quiet walks over these wonderful years. Through it all, David always served as a Proverbs 27 kind of guy, always being willing to be sharpened, and equally willing to sharpen another.
On a personal note, it is here that David and Caity welcomed their sons Daniel, Micah, and Ezra into the world and we had the privilege of having a front row seat! Watching these boys grow in the Lord has been thrilling and it further speaks to the fact that David and Caity model the Gospel at home. Speaking of Caity, we will also miss this amazing woman of selfless steadfast faith, specifically her ministry to mothers!
This is what makes ministry so difficult. The call of God is never static, God is always on His throne directing and redirecting.  People being called in, and deployed out to other areas of the kingdom. This is Biblical, but requires our dependence and eyes to be focused on Jesus!
So, with all of these mixed emotions resulting from a beautiful, faithful, and fruitful  season of ministry, please join me in giving the Boomans a wonderful and prayerful send off to Sumter!
Blessings and Love in Christ
The Rev. Al Zadig, Jr.
Rector