Dear siblings in Christ,
Grace and peace be with you! As of this week, Taylor Vasquez-Reyes has accepted a full-time position as a music teacher in the Monrovia school district. Taylor begins this position next week (on October 3). Therefore, this change is effective immediately.
This is an exciting and good move for Taylor, Gabe, and their beautiful daughters. While we will all deeply miss Taylor’s presence on staff, we are also grateful for the incredible ministry she was able to share with us this past year.
Taylor will not be leaving COS entirely. She has told me that she still plans to call COS her and her family’s worship home. In order to celebrate Taylor’s great work and to afford her the transition “back” to parishioner at COS the right way, we will be celebrating her ministry at coffee hour on Sunday, October 16.
Paul Kilian has graciously agreed to be the vestry representative/chair for the process that will determine what is next for music ministry at COS. More details will follow once we are able to celebrate Taylor’s great ministry among us, but please know that we are creating a process to discern next steps for music ministry at COS.
If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please see below for Taylor's letter to the parish.
Dear COS Family,
It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today. As of this week, I have accepted a teaching position as an elementary music teacher for the Monrovia school district. While I have really enjoyed my work as the Director of Music over the past year, teaching music to children has always been my core passion, and I truly believe this is what I am being called to do. I am so appreciative of the love and support I’ve received from the ACGS and COS staff and parishioners. It has been an honor and privilege to serve this church community that I call home.
Special thanks to our choir members of all ages, who helped me bring music back into the church this past year. Thank you to Jane, our accompanist, who has been my right-hand lady, a shoulder to lean on, and listening ears that helped guide me. Thank you to our staff musicians who bring so much love and joy to each service through their passion for music making. And last, thank you, Father Jeff, for your leadership through I daresay one of the toughest years our church has seen, as we navigated how to be a church again, coming out of a pandemic.
I look forward to seeing you all in the pews!