A Farewell for Fr. Joe
After six years of gifted service at Incarnation with our children and their families, Fr. Joe Hermerding will head back home to Minnesota. While it will be sad to lose such a talented priest, we are excited that the Hermerdings will be able to be close to both sets of grandparents while Ellora begins nursing school.
As you can see from his note below, Fr. Joe is still exploring opportunities in the Twin Cities, but they have decided that now is the best time for their family to make the move.
Join us to celebrate Fr. Joe’s ministry and say farewell at a reception on Sunday, July 29 from 10:20 to 11 am. As is our custom with departing clergy who have served this long, we are collecting a donation toward a purse for the Hermerdings. Contributions may be sent to the parish office with the notation “Hermerding Purse” or make an online gift.
As we say goodbye to Father Joe, we are grateful for the ongoing leadership of Meg Houk and her team in Children & Family Ministry, as they continue to disciple our youngest parishioners and their families.
A letter from Fr. Joe Hermerding
It is with both joy and sadness that I announce to my beloved Church of the Incarnation that my family and I are moving home to Minnesota at the end of July.
Our years here at Incarnation have been incredibly blessed. Two of our four children were born here, and are proud to be “native Texans.” I am so grateful that my kids have been formed by both our Church and Incarnation Academy as well.
After a decade of raising children away from our families, we have decided that we want to move home. Doing so will enable Ellora to return to school to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. I have various irons in the fire for my own ministry in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, but the specifics are still in the works.
It has been a special joy and privilege to work with the children and young families of our parish. Those sweet kids are what get me up in the morning, and they have made these years of ministry meaningful, wonderful, and riotously funny. As my ministry here concludes, I cannot help but feel I have received much more than I was able to give.
We love Church of the Incarnation. I do not believe that there is a more gifted clergy and lay staff anywhere in the Anglican Communion. We will miss the liturgy, the music, the preaching, and most of all the people. You are what makes this church so unique and special. Thank you for these amazing six years!