Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28O U T R E A C H A N D M I S S I O N S DEAR ST. MARTIN’S MEMBERS, For more than 10 years, Eric Moen, Director of Urban Ministry and Mission, has been an integral part of the ministries of our Lord and the staff of St. Martin’s. We have been blessed by his compassion for others, commitment to serving, and energy and vision to grow our Parish family’s presence in and around Houston. He first guided our Youth Ministries, and then broadened St. Martin’s reach more deeply into both the Houston community and beyond our borders in his current position. It will then be no surprise to you that his unique gifts have been sought after by others, and it behooves us who have known and worked with Eric for many years to wish him the best use for his gifts. So it is with mixed emotions that I share with you that he has been called to a new post as the Congregational Engagement Officer for the Episcopal Health Foundation. This is a wonderful opportunity for Eric, and as we discussed it the other day, my exact words to him were, “If you are happy, I’m happy.” He assured me that while his years at St. Martin’s have been a tremendous blessing, he is happy to meet this new and greater challenge. As the Congregational Engagement Officer, Eric will lend guidance, direction and support to the 150+ Episcopal congregations within the 57 counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. He will help them move from charity-oriented outreach to effective community engagement and collaboration with others to improve community health. Eric will be able to pursue this goal through coaching, capacity building and training, and creating partnerships to support the congregations in their work. His new post will likely address a variety of issues related to community health including poverty reduction, access to care, racial equity and social connection, nutrition and food security, civic engagement, and child development. As you can see, this position is a wonderful alignment between what Eric brings to the table and the particular needs not only of the Foundation, but also of the congregations and other groups he will serve. Laura and I congratulate Eric, as I know you do as well. His last day with us was Tuesday, December 13. The good news here is that we are one of those 150+ congregations in the Diocese, so our relationship and work with Eric will continue. We wish him, Amy, Elsa and Jens all the best. Faithfully, The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. Rector THE STAR I JANUARY 2017 15