As many of you know, Rachel’s partner Joe Scarry was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. In consultation with Molly and the Personnel Committee, Rachel has decided to take family medical leave to be to able to fully attend to her family at this time. Both Rachel and Joe are feeling positive about Joe’s prognosis and grateful for the flexibility and support they have received from the First Church staff and for all of the prayers, cards and love they have received from the congregation.
Cards can be sent to 2525 Ashby Ave Apt 1, Berkeley, CA 94705-2218.
Rachel’s leave will continue through mid-August. Her previously planned sabbatical leave will begin on August 21. She will return to work at the end of her sabbatical on December 2. Rachel will be in touch with staff about how things are going with Joe and as plans for her sabbatical come together.
During Rachel’s time away, her responsibilities will be taken up by other staff members. If you have questions about who to be in touch with about any particular question or concern, feel free to ask any of the other ministers.