October, 2014 Page 2

FROM THE EDITOR

A little something to put things in perspective from an article in National Geographic several years ago.

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. Then when the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would live.

    WOW!  What a story.  If an animal can love their children that much, how much more will God, who created us, love us.  The interesting thing is that I'm sure the chicks felt the fire, but their mother kept them from dying.  God doesn't promise we won't ever be hurt, but "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." (Psalm 91:4) Being loved this much should make a difference in your life.  Remember the One who loves you, and then be different because of it. See you in church

VESTRY
Treasurer’s report for Aug:
Income: $14,988 (includes $10,000 donation);
Expenses: $9858;
Check book balance of $20,448
minus pass-through and memorial fund =$19,090. 
*Vestry approved Treasurer’s report and minutes. 
*New Business: Next Work Day will be Sun., Nov. 2 prior to Bishop’s visit on Nov. 30.
*Coffee Fund Raiser with Creative Coffees to be sold at Christmas bazaar on Sat., Nov. 8 was approved.
*Stewardship Campaign Dinner will be Fri., Nov. 14 at 7PM with a meal provided by Vestry. 
*The Annual Meeting was rescheduled for Sun., Nov. 23 with pot-luck luncheon.
*Old Business: New prayer partners drawn.
*Triple Blessings: Allen has registered us for Kroger Community Rewards Program, using our Kroger Plus cards.
*Postcards have arrived and Jansje will pick them up.
*Replacing Episcopal Church street sign was tabled until next month. *Christmas bazaar will be Sat., Nov. 8 from 9AM-2PM.
*Sallie created sign up poster in Parish hall.
*Remaining dates for craft workdays are Oct 5 and 26.
*Marriage and Funeral policies tabled until 2015.
*Sr.& Jr.Warden: See above.
*Fin./Steward/ Hosp.: Byram will do pledge letter. We will meet on Nov. 18 at 2PM to work on Proposed Budget for next year. 
*Worship: Sallie working on altar flower sign up sheet.
*Altar guild will meet on Tues., Oct. 14 at 10AM
*Outreach: Teresa Ware agreed to send cards to people who have not been in church for a while. 
*Christian Formation: Sunday school for children has fallen off. Greg has lesson plans available. Adult Sunday school is going well.
*Next meeting: Sun., Oct. 12 after church.

PRIEST’S ABSENCE
Cindy+ will be at Dubose lectures in Sewanee, TN for continuing education and then, at the Clergy Retreat at the Cathedral Domain from September 30 to October 8. We will have Morning Prayer, Oct.5th.
 
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
The Blessing of the Animals will take place on October 8 at 6:00PM in the prayer garden. Bring all of your beloved pets to be blessed. The Gateway teens have been invited to join us.

VISITING OUR SHUT-INS
Anyone interested in visiting our parishioners who are unable to attend church due to illness or other difficulties, please talk with Jim Johnson and/or Julia Waller.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR (Sat. November 8 from 9AM-2PM)
It's not too early to start making things for the Christmas bazaar.  We will be working on making things for it after church on October 5 and 26, and November 2.  Other plans will be announced at a later time.

TRIPLE BLESSING PROGRAM
Thanks to everyone who brought items for the months of July and August. For September, we are asking people to bring in paper bowls and liquid hand soup. Please don't forget to register your Kroger Plus Card for your favorite charity: Ascension Episcopal Church. If you need help, see Allen or Cindy+

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
The Daughters of the King will not hold their regular meeting in October after church. Instead, all Daughters are encouraged to join the workshops for the Christmas bazaar.