Rector's Reflections: Odd & Ends
There is so much we want to keep in the loop on right now! I hope you will look through this whole email, but I will also highlight a few things for you (interspersed with wee bits of borrowed spiritual food).
+ An invitation to you from the stewardship committee went out in email yesterday. We hope you got it, read it, and were inspired by it! These past couple years we have forgone a physical mailing to be a bit more green and a bit more frugal, but if you need something in the mail, just say the word and we'll get something to you! Also, if you want to discuss your 2022 pledge with either me or a member of the stewardship committee, just say the word!
+ Jump to the stewardship page by clicking HERE.
+ Spiritual Food: We need the kind word and gracious deed of our shared life to make it through. Thank you Howard Thurman.
+ You are welcome to sign up to come to in-person worship as often as you want. Beth will map you into a pew and let you know that we have a seat for you, and we'll make sure that folks who haven't been in-person yet get a seat!
+ Registration for in-person worship ends at 9pm each Friday. This allows us to communicate with those who have signed up without working through the weekend. Thank you for your understanding!
+ The Diocese put out updated Covid guidelines on Monday. I commend them to you! Especially the Bishop's message before the requirements.
+ Please note that -in-line with these new guidelines- the preacher, reader, and any speakers may be unmasking at the microphone. If you'd prefer to sit far away from the microphone, please indicate that preference in your sign-up form.
+ Spiritual Food: Worship can be a little like this piece by Wendell Berry- Wild and Soul-holding, even when organized for safety.
+ Like last year, we will gather on zoom (meeting, not webinar, so we'll be able to see you!) at 10AM on Thanksgiving morning to sing two hymns, bless our food and our households, and share a moment of gratitude for God and one another. Bring a device to your kitchen or table and login HERE for this 10 minute gathering of gratitude.
+ Spiritual Food: Check out the series of gratitude prayers on either our St.Paul's Facebook page or our St. Paul's Instagram account that Katy has been posting for us everyday of November. These come from the Simple Gratitude booklet that was in your late October mailing from St. Paul's.
+ Our Christmas Services will be at 5pm and 8pm on Christmas Eve as well as 10am Christmas morning, and we will offer a 10am Pageant on-line on Sunday the 26th. Stay tuned for more details!
+ The sign up to attend an in-person service for Christmas opens next Sunday the 28th at noon.
+Spiritual Fun: Last year's on-line pageant:-)
Phew! I know it's a lot, thanks for spending that 10 minutes with me (or 60 if you followed all the links!).
Yours in Christ,