Clergy Transition Phases
New Interim Minister
April 4, 2022
The people of The Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Westfield have called the Reverend Sandi Albom to serve as interim effective August 1st.
Atonement has enjoyed the inspired leadership of the Reverend Nancy Webb Stroud, rector since 2009. I am deeply grateful for Nancy's ministry and for her service to our diocese and the wider Church. A beloved rector prepares to leave and that is never easy. But we are glad that the timing is right for Sandi to leave her work in East Longmeadow and walk with the people of Atonement through the work of transition.
After a 40-year career in nursing and corporate healthcare consulting, Sandi earned the Master of Divinity degree and a Certificate in Anglican Studies from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She was ordained to the priesthood in 2018 by The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of The Episcopal Church in New Hampshire. She is the convener of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire and began a "recovery dinner church" in Manchester. Sandi also serves as an at-large member of the Board of Directors of The Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church. With over 400 hours of CPE, and certified as a spiritual director, Sandi's ministry has a focus on pastoral care and retreat work. She and her husband, Bob, live in Windsor Locks, CT.
Sandi's interim at St. Mark's has been a blessing. I have no doubt her efforts in Westfield will yield good fruit. I ask your prayers for Nancy and for Sandi as one chapter ends and another begins for God's mission at The Episcopal Church of the Atonement.
The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher
IX Bishop of Western Massachusetts
The Rev. Nancy Webb Stroud announces her retirement
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January 6, 2022
The Feast of the Epiphany
Dear People of Atonement,
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1) For more than twelve years, it has been the season of my service as Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement. I am so grateful to God and to each of you for the opportunity to worship and serve alongside you. Soon, my season will change to the time of retirement from full-time employment. I will retire as your Rector on May 31, 2022.
It is a great privilege to be your Rector. You welcomed Bill and me into your parish family and the wider Westfield community with generous arms. Together we have witnessed the baptism of dozens of folks and stood up with many who confirmed their faith. We have laid beloved family and friends to rest. We have elected a new bishop for our Diocese. We have created a hand bell choir. We have taken on and expanded the Westfield Farmers’ Market. We have strengthened our ties to Westfield State through the Interfaith Center and with our Choral Scholars. We have fed people through the Food Pantry and the Westfield Soup Kitchen. We have served hundreds of strawberry shortcakes and raised thousands of dollars for local organizations. We have learned how to livestream worship and remain connected in the midst of a global pandemic. Throughout it all we have worshipped together faithfully and frequently on Sunday mornings and holy days, on Sunday afternoons with children and families, on Thursday evenings with our choir, on Wednesday afternoons with prayers for healing. I am so grateful for every minute that I spend in ministry with you.
On May 31, I hope that you will join me at church for the service of Evensong and Pastoral Leave-taking. We will be joined by Bishop Fisher and some of my colleagues from around our Diocese. On that evening we will celebrate our time together, first in worship and afterward at a reception. I look forward to sharing details of this event when the time is closer.
In the meantime, there is a lot of ministry for us to share! Please join us in worship and service here at Atonement. Thank you for your love and care for my family and me and all of God’s people.
The Rev. Nancy Webb Stroud