Happiness for All That God is Inviting Us to Share
Hoping that the warm, sunny days of summer have been restful and nourishing. I am delighted to be back with a full heart, filled with anticipation and happiness for all the possibilities that God is inviting us to share together.
Gordon and I were grateful for two weeks planned vacation this August. We spent a lovely week with my mom and our children on Cape Cod. As is our tradition, we also spent a week at our cottage in Quebec, an old renovated one-room school house with no internet or phones. Peaceful.
Thanks to Eric and Liz for guiding worship these August Sundays along with our regular supply priests Melissa Lamkin and Richard Gressle as celebrants and preachers.
It's been a busy summer here at St. Paul's. There has been a flurry of activity at the Day School, under the direction of our new director, Lisa Adorno, for the opening of school on September 6th. Many thanks to the day school teachers in planning for the children's arrival.
Church staff met for an off-site meeting in the middle of June to plan for the year ahead. The fruits of these labors will unfold in the next weeks and months, so please keep an eye out for the Beacon and check-in regularly with our brand new website.
I also wanted to let you know that we are blessed with the presence of a seminarian this year. Andrew Ogletree will be joining us this Sunday through the end of May 2020. Andrew is a fine liturgist and lover of Anglican music. He will be with us 10 hours a week on Tuesdays and Sundays. (His bio is below.)
Since Eric, Lisa and Andrew have joined us so recently, I've arranged for informal get-to-know you gatherings on Sunday mornings. Our first such gathering will be on September 15th with Eric in the library at 9:30. Lisa will be with us on September 22 and Andrew on October 6. Please mark your calendars for these casual conversations.
We look forward to seeing everyone for our Welcome Sunday on September 15th for Mass on the Grass at 10:15, a vestry organized picnic and the start of children's formation.
Thank you again to all the staff for their continued professionalism and commitment to St. Paul's, while I was on leave in July and vacation in August. Tremendous thanks to Margaret Feldmeth, Holden Sibley and Bob Barolak for their steady leadership this summer and for the vestry's continued support.
As always, my door is open. Please drop by to share your summer stories and plans for the Fall.
May you know God's peace and joy in these days ahead,