This week I had the opportunity to attend a lecture on the History of Palm Beach County, and what an extensive history it is. From the Native Americans who first settled here over 12,000 years ago, to the early 19th century pioneers, to the barefoot mailmen, to Henry Flagler’s famous hotels, we present day Floridians have a rich history on which to build.

Like the county in which we are located, Bethesda-by-the-Sea also has a rich history – from our first church constructed of driftwood in 1889 for $600, to the magnificent 14th century Gothic style church in which we now worship, to unsurpassed music and educational programs, to a tradition of talented rectors, and more Bethesda has so much for which to be thankful.

History and tradition are never static as new tomorrows become today’s reality, as new memories are made, and new paths are forged. This Sunday marks a significant milestone in our history as we welcome our new rector, the Rev. Tim Schenck and his wife Bryna Rogers, into the Body of Christ known as Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Together we will join hands with him to discern where God is leading us as a parish – right now, at this time, in this place.

Copious amounts of hard work, discernment and prayer led our Search Committee to the unanimous decision to call Father Tim into our midst – to lead us, to guide us, to shepherd us into the next chapter of our history as a parish.

Join us as we turn the page in our history together as a worshipful, faithful, congregation. Join us as we lovingly listen for God’s leading as we establish new visions and mission priorities for the days and years ahead. Join us this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. as we welcome Father Tim Schenck as the next rector of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz