It is with sadness that I must resign from my position at Music Coordinator and Keyboardist. Our Senior Warden Connie Bley announced this news on my behalf on May 6, but it is appropriate for me to write a few words to the congregation.
As a non-American citizen working toward my PhD in Music, I am legally allowed by the US government to work for one year before or after I finish my degree. This work permission and my visa will expire in the summer. My family and I must leave the country, or else we will be considered as illegal immigrants. If I wish to stay and work in this country, my employer must demonstrate that the job cannot be performed by any other American individual, and have the financial and legal resources to file a lengthy, time-consuming application on my behalf. This is too much to ask of for my other part-time position at UC San Diego, and definitely so for a part-time position at St. Mary's. When I took the position at St. Mary's last year, I was hopeful of getting a job somewhere in the US that will sponsor a working visa for me. But it seems that God - as she always does - have other plans.
You all have been extremely welcoming and sweet to me. My wife Cherry loves the family vibe of this special place. Trevor felt free roaming around the sanctuary. I have enjoyed every moment here and learned a lot from all of you. I cannot tell you how sad I was when I realized I must leave St. Mary's. Some of you knew something's "wrong" with me on the Sunday before Connie made the announcement of my resignation. This tells me how much I am being loved and cared for in this community, something that I doubt I will find elsewhere in this world.
I will be with you on all Sundays until 17 June. At the meantime, I will be preparing a new songbook for St. Mary's and assisting in the effort to hire a new Music Director/Coordinator and Keyboardist.
A Fond Farewell
Sunday, June 17th is when we bid farewell to Marilyn and Keith Sadowski, who are leaving for Utah to be with their family there, and Siu Hei Lee who will depart for London with his family, since he was unable to find a position here in the US.
We are putting together another ensemble to send them all on their way with a song. Many of you are very familiar with “Like as a Father” which we shall rehearse after church on June 3 and June 10 and I would love to have as many of you as possible to join us. We had a mini read-through last Sunday and even first-time singers picked it up very quickly. And since it is also Father’s Day, this is a perfect choice.
We’ll allow people to have their snacks/coffee and then meet in the church at 11:00 to rehearse – easier than trying to get everyone on a week night!