Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Letter from Father Luke

Dearest Friends,


Sixteen years ago Meredith and I were married at Heavenly Rest and Abilene became a home away from home for us. Eight years ago you called me to make Abilene home and this began for me many years of warm friendships and shared ministries. This December, I was surprised by the call to make a new home.  I have been called to serve as Rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, in the Diocese of Chicago.


The Church of the Holy Spirit actively searched for someone who could create new hope and healing, and renew and grow ministry. They found me. Such a call is irresistible. We have been blessed in Abilene to minister as a whole family, sharing community, school & church together. As our children mature this new environment promises to provide a context for an integrated family life in the midst numerous programs and events.


We are already in touch with the grief of leaving a home where we have been deeply loved and so well treated. It seems unfair that we should need to sacrifice this great call in Abilene in order to receive a new one!  All things keep turning, and once again Abilene will become our home away from home and our place for ‘returning & rest’.  Only when we enter the full and complete ‘heavenly rest’ will we have risen beyond ‘going out’ & ‘coming in’.


Life will change, not end. The Church of the Heavenly Rest is in a position of great strength and is capable of much more. Bishop Scott, the Wardens, Vestry, Clergy and Staff have all the skills, intelligence and faithfulness of heart to face this transition and make an excellent new call. You have already demonstrated the love that will enable God’s mission of caring, sharing, creating and serving God’s people to continue to thrive here. 


I hope you will bless the Backs and send us forth on Sunday, February 11th. More details will follow. Our time together has been a special calling, carefully and graciously prepared and blessed by Christ. Trust that the next chapter of life at Heavenly Rest will be a very bright and Spirit-filled.  I love you and will always keep you close to my heart.







Staff Meeting Tuesday, Jan 23 @ 10:00 AM
Boy Scouts Tuesday, Jan 23 @ 7:00 PM
AA Tuesday, Jan 23 @ 8:00 PM
Holy Eucharist with Healing Service Wednesday, Jan 24 @ 5:30 PM
Bagpipes Thursday, Jan 25 @ 7:00 PM

January 14, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018
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