A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Search Committee’s Completed Mission.
Gracious God. You call each of us to follow you, exercising that calling in particular ways and times and places. We thank you for the work of the Search Committee and Vestry, which has resulted in the election of our new Rector, Mother Anjel. Watch over her as she concludes her current call and prepares to join us. Watch over us as we prepare for her coming and the new chapter of our life together that will soon begin. May the same openness of heart and spirit that is bringing us together as priest and people continue to dwell among us, that your Gospel might be proclaimed anew in this place. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
February 5, 2021
Dear All Saints Family:
It has been quite a tumultuous couple of years, with Mother Susan's departure, the pandemic challenges and, most recently, the loss of our beloved Fr. Stephen. Thank you for your continued patience, prayers and support.
Amidst all of that, the Search Committee has diligently continued the important ministry of finding a new rector for All Saints. I am happy to share that they made a recommendation to the Vestry to elevate a candidate and the Vestry in turn approved the recommendation to call Mother Anjel Scarborough.
The committee describes Mother Anjel as relatable, with a good sense of humor and strong spirituality as a pastoral leader. Her passion around Worship, Fellowship and Outreach fit in perfectly with our stated Vision. I have spoken to Mother Anjel several times over the last few weeks and am very excited about her agreement to come to Hershey to help guide All Saints into the future.
Mother Anjel will begin worshipping with us on April 11th. Since initial introductions cannot be in person, I've attached a brief introduction so you can all get to know her a little bit before then.
I want to personally thank each member of the Search Committee for their dedicated work and discernment. You have the appreciation of the Vestry and the entire congregation.
I am looking forward to joining all of you in welcoming Mother Anjel to our All Saints community!
Kevin Parrey, Senior Warden
Greetings From Mother Anjel
February 5, 2021
Beloved in Christ at All Saints:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! I am truly blessed and honored to receive the call to be your next rector and priest in the community of Hershey. I want to thank Ned Graff and the members of the Search Committee, the vestry, and wardens for prayerfully placing this trust in me to serve you in our shared work for the Kingdom of God. I am also deeply grateful for the ministries of Fr. Stephen Casey, Fr. Glenn Miller, and Deacon Hank Morrow for their pastoral leadership preparing All Saints for this new chapter.
My husband Stuart and I currently live in Ellicott City, Maryland where he is the Facilities Manager for St. John’s Episcopal Church and Parish Day School and a candidate for the deaconate. I have served several parishes in the Diocese of Maryland for the past 13 years as well as worked as a hospice chaplain. I am a D. Min. student at the Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore, an iconographer, a diocesan consultant on congregational vitality, and a grief companion with the COVID Grief Network providing online support to young adults experiencing COVID related losses. We have two adult children: Martin who works for the Diocese of Maryland in donor development and Erin who is a doctoral student in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Delaware.
St. Paul wrote these words from an imperial prison to the Church in Philippi:
“I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12-13)
When you began this season of transition, nobody could have foreseen facing a pandemic and all the attending challenges and complications. Nor did you expect to grieve the loss of your faithful Interim Rector, Fr. Stephen. Transitions are always wilderness times in the best of circumstances, and you have faced extraordinary times. Yet, through the difficulties and grief, I perceive the beloved community of All Saints has remained attentive to the presence of Christ through the Holy Spirit and strengthened to do all things necessary for your Kingdom work to continue in Hershey. I look forward to being your priest and companion in this work together and joining you in the season of resurrection.
The Rev. Anjel Scarborough, SCP