Dearest parishioners and friends,
As we continue the journey during this most unusual chapter of our lives, as a parish and as a society, let us not forget the communion between us created by the Holy Spirit. We are closer to one another than we realize.
Let us, therefore, give thanks. As I often heard in seminary, giving thanks keeps the heart young. We need youthful hearts now more than ever!
I know that many of you are quite weary: the separation and consequent isolation, the lack of reassurance resulting from so much distance, deprived of the comforting embrace of so many loved ones and the uncertainty of what the future holds. Add to this, the continued unrest in our society (and the Summer heat!) and you have a recipe for sadness too heavy to bear. Dare we believe that Christ meets us in new, mysterious ways in the midst of all of this and that, in Him, we are closer to one another than we realize. Listen carefully for Him. In your helplessness, let yourself be found by Him.
In the coming days, please expect more information about re-opening—starting with a date (which parish leadership hopes to finalize within the next week), and the detailed plan describing what re-gathering will look like, as well as a covenant in which we promise respectfully to abide by these guidelines, which each of us is to sign, per the request of our Bishop.
You will also receive information about the parish Annual Meeting scheduled for Sunday, September 13. Under these unusual circumstances, we are preparing an annual meeting kit that will be mailed to all of our parishioners so that if you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you will still have all of the materials and a ballot to elect our new Vestry members. For those unfamiliar with this important parish event, a “state of the parish” address is traditionally given by the Rector or Senior Warden and a financial update is provided by the Treasurer. We also vote for those Vestry members needed to fill the seats vacated by those whose terms have ended. I am grateful for the three years of loving service that Victoria Ebell and Abigail Wilson have given to our Vestry and pray that God will continue to bless them as members of our parish community.
Glad to be your Rector,
From the desk of the Rector