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Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
This Sunday is special and exciting for a couple of reasons. First, it is our Annual Parish Meeting where we gather for food, fun, fellowship and business. Contrary to other denominations we have only one meeting of the parish each year. This is because the Vestry of the church conducts all business of the church up to and including the selection of the rector. Since the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church were written at the same time as our country's constitution it is easy to see certain parallel in our polity (how we govern ourselves). The parish's input to the Vestry is your opportunity to have your voice heard through the people you elect to serve on Vestry. We do this at our Annual Meeting this Sunday so it is important that you join us. Additionally, you will hear reports on ministries, finances and Fr. Gary will share with us his "State of the Parish." Please join us.
Secondly, this Sunday is exciting because Bishop José has assigned The Rev. Cris South as deacon at All Saints. Cris has been worshiping with us for over six months and has gone through the appropriate checks and balances in our diocese to be assigned as deacon. Cris has been ordained about three years and comes to us from The Diocese of Hawaii where she served a couple of parishes. She moved to North Carolina to be closer to her family. Her passions are Outreach and Pastoral Care. Deacon Cris will preach this Sunday and will share with us parts of her life story and call.
Some of you may be asking if Cris' arrival affects Martha being with us. The simple answer: No! Martha remains an essential part of the ministry team here at All Saints and the assignment of Cris will allow both Deacon Martha and Cris to support one another, the parish and me more deeply. Thanks be to God!
Please join me in welcoming The Rev. Cris South into the All Saints Family!
May the Light of Christ shine upon you this Epiphany!
See you Sunday!
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