July/August 2013, Page 1


Since Gordon and I will be on vacation for three weeks in July, we are combining the July and August newsletters, and you will find enclosed the altar schedules and monthly calendars for both months. Likewise, many of you will be taking summer vacations, so please make sure that you find replacements if you will not be available for any prior scheduled activity.

While many aspects of our lives traditionally “wind down” at this time of the year and churches settle into a “summer mode,” our parish is still very full of life and involved with many activities.

Our Adult Sunday school program is in full swing with Brian Groff introducing a new video series that explores why young Christians, ages 18-29 are leaving the church and are rethinking their faith. Please join us for this multi-generational discussion.  

Members of our parish are participating in Vacation Bible School at the First Christian Church, in summer camp at the Domain, and in the Lemonade Retreat with the teens at Gateway Children’s Services.

We are celebrating Norm Stoddard’s Extravaganza Birthday Music Show with free will offerings to be used to purchase new choir vestments.

We are continuing to make quilts for St. Agnes House, and plans are gearing up for our Christmas bazaar.

We are planning a Newcomer’s social night/dinner.

The Men of the Church enjoyed their first gathering on a Friday evening at Old Silo Restaurant. Everyone reportedly had a great time.   

In order to get ready for the Bishop’s visitation in September, we have scheduled a work day to “summer clean” on August 18 after worship.  On this “Casual Sunday,” we hope that everyone will come to church dressed ready to help after worship with cleaning inside or outside of the church. We will grill out in the garden later in the day.

Even during this busy summer for all of us, remember that God never “takes a vacation” from us and yearns for us to stay in relationship with Him and each other. Here is a summer prayer that a priest colleague sent to me.  

A Prayer to Share

God of my life, I welcome this new day.  It is your gift to me, the first day of the rest of my life.  I thank you for the gift of being alive this morning.  I thank you for the sleep, which has refreshed me.  I thank you for the chance to begin life all over again.

Lord, this day is full of promise and of opportunity.  Help me to waste none of it.  This day is full of mystery and of the unknown.  Help me to face it without fear or anxiety. This day is full of beauty and adventure. Help me to be fully alive to it all.

During this day, may I become a more thoughtful person, a more prayerful, generous and kind person. Help me not to be turned in on myself, but to be sensitive and helpful to others.

When night comes, may I look back upon this day without regrets, and may no one be unhappy because of anything I have done or anything I have failed to do.

Lord, bless this day for me and for all of us.  Make it a day in which we grow more like your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus Christ, friend and brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.  Amen.

In Christ's love,