The rector of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Marvin Lee Foltz, will be leaving the Wailuku church after 15 years this month to serve as rector of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Creve Coeur, Mo.
"I believe that I am called to this new ministry, not because there is anything lacking in Good Shepherd but because it is the right time for me to take up a new challenge, and it is the right time for my family to be closer to our extended family in the Midwest," said Foltz.
His last Sunday at Good Shepherd will be July 28. Foltz, his wife, Cindy, and son, Carl, will depart for Missouri in early August.
MARVIN LEE FOLTZ
Departing Good Shepherd
"I am grateful for Good Shepherd Church," he said to the congregation. "You are a wonderful, warm and gifted congregation with extraordinary ministries. It has been my great privilege to be in ministry with you for the last 15 years. Our children grew up together. We have been through sorrow and joy together as a parish community. I will always treasure you."
During the Foltz years, Good Shepherd established the Ka 'Ohana Kitchen (Sunday meal program) and supported the creation of the Queen Emma Athletic Club. He served as a chaplain for the Maui Police Department and on the board of directors for the Maui Food Bank and the American Cancer Society-Maui Chapter.
Good Shepherd's parishioners will gather for an "Aloha Foltz Family" party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 21 on the parish lawn. More information, including how to make a contribution to the Foltz family, may be obtained from the church office by calling 244-4656 or online at www.facebook.com/goodshepherdmaui.
Upon Foltz' departure, Good Shepherd's vestry, led by Senior Warden K. Peter Lee, will plan for the transition to a new rector under the guidance of the Right Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii, and the Rev. Canon Liz Beasley.
The Church of Good Shepherd was established by invitation of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma in 1866 and has been at the corner of Church and Main streets for more than 140 years.