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Rev Elisabeth on sabbatical from September 10 to December 15

Since 2006 the United Church of Canada has required ministers (clergy) to take a sabbatical of at least 3 consecutive months after 5 years in a pastoral relationship. This provides intentional time for “reflection, recreation and revitalization unencumbered by the minister’s usual and customary responsibilities.”

Rev. Elisabeth’s 3-month sabbatical begins September 10. Her time will be invested in completing her Doctor of Ministry thesis, visiting her far-flung family, and in spiritual and vocational renewal. To respect the intent of a sabbatical, she will not be responding to emails, or be engaged in the day-to-day life of the congregation, but you can follow her blog at

All the ministries of Cedar Park United continue, ably supported by our Voluntary Associate Ministers and lay leadership:

Worship: Rev. Wendy Evans: Faith and Film series; Dr. Alyson Huntly: We Sing Thanksgiving series; special guest preachers: The Human Quest for the Holy series during Advent.

Congregational/Pastoral Care: Elizabeth Chown Lafrenière (ECL), our Church Administrator, is our ‘Human Hub’. Contact ECL in the case of illness, death or other concern—and she will make the appropriate connections with our care team.

Programming: All ministry programming continues. Check the bulletin and Friday Updates and our Resource Hub.

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