As we look forward to the birth of our first child, Breanna and I have been overwhelmed by the response of our family at First Baptist Church. Your words of congratulations and encouragement have meant so much to us. We treasure the knowledge that our child is loved even before being born!
Knowing that our family life will be changing dramatically in the new year, I am planning to take several weeks of Family Leave once our child is born. This plan has been developed in conversation with Fred and the Personnel Committee, but I also wanted to share some of the details with all of you:
I am planning to take two weeks away in early February as we adjust to life with a newborn. Later in the spring, I will be away from the office for another two weeks as Breanna transitions back to work following her maternity leave. Through the first half of the year, I will be taking additional time off, as needed, to focus on our home and family and to care for our child.
This means that, over the next few months, I’ll be in the office less. I’ll be less available for meetings and phone calls. I’ll probably be even slower than normal to respond to email! But it doesn’t mean that I will be completely unavailable. Apart from a few weeks, I will still be with you on Sundays, planning and leading in worship. I’ll still be coordinating and helping to lead our youth ministry programs (among others). We believe that this plan will allow me to focus on those areas of our ministry that most need my attention while also devoting more time to my family.
And, of course, we expect that there will be many surprises along the way, and that our plans won’t always work out the way we’d hoped. But I so appreciate your gracious support as we adjust to this new phase of life. I’m especially grateful to our tremendous staff and volunteers — it is a gift to be able to step away and know that our ministry will continue, uninterrupted.
Evan Bever, Associate Minister