FROM YOUR PRIEST
Fall is here and with it, things are in full swing with a flurry of activities within our Household. Our Annual Blessing of the Animals will be on Wednesday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the garden or parish hall if it rains. Our Annual Stewardship Sunday will be on November 3 and our Annual Meeting will be on November 17th after worship. We will be electing three new Vestry members for our parish and four deputies for our Diocesan Convention in 2013. We will also be approving our Annual Budget for 2014. Please mark these important dates on your calendar because we need everyone in attendance.
As a new season and a new program year begin, there are many exciting ministry opportunities in which to be involved. God is calling each of us to support the life and work of this parish through the use of our time, talents and finances that God has entrusted to us. I hope all of you will take a moment and, carefully and prayerfully, read through this list to see if you are interested in joining any of these.
Within our parish, they include: altar guild; choir (both singing and bells); chalicers; acolytes; ushers; lay readers; coffee hour hosts and hostesses; Home Eucharistic visitors; Daughters of the King; adult and youth Sunday school; outreach with Gateway Children’s Services; hospitality; Men of the Church group; Christmas bazaar; and on-going building and work projects around the church.
On a Diocesan and wider church level, we also participate in Reading camp by volunteering and sponsoring children from the community, and we contribute to Episcopal Relief and Development.
Within our community, our members volunteer and contribute to M&M food pantry; St. Clair Hospice; Lion’s Club (donating used glasses); Angel Tree; American Cancer Society (driving caner patients to and from treatment appointments); and Salvation Army (Christmas bell ringers).
We are so blessed with a loving and caring community of Christians who work together in the many ministries and missions God has given us through our time, talents, and treasures. Thank you to all of you already engaged in these varied ministries, but we always need additional help. Creative ideas for other ministries are always welcome. Please see Cindy+ or anyone on Vestry if you feel called to participate in these rewarding or any new ministries.
Lastly, I will be away from the parish in October to attend a week long, wellness conference for clergy called CREDO sponsored by the Episcopal Church Pension Fund. CREDO provides a holistic approach to health and wellness, focusing on spiritual, vocational and financial wellness and physical and psychological health. The CREDO experience provides a profound opportunity for participants to reflect on their journey, discern God’s presence and calling deep within themselves, and renew, reaffirm, and recommit their passion and conviction for their authentic vocation.
As always, I applaud the commitment, dedication, and care that each of you brings to our life together. Thanks be to God.
In Christ's love,