All Saints Messenger - January 18, 2018

posted Jan 30, 2018, 8:30 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

This Sunday, immediately following the 10:30 service we will have our Annual Meeting, the only time of the year the entire parish comes together to hear reports, scan the budget, elect new vestry members and hear a synopsis of where we have been and the hope of where God is calling us to go.

As a hierarchical church we entrust the Vestry to do the work of the parish. We are a unique tradition in many ways, most especially our polity (the way we are are organized) is unique amongst all faith traditions. As we are learning in Episcopal 101 our first Constitution and Canons were written and adopted in 1789, which just happens to be the year The Constitution of the United States was written. Both were written in Philadelphia and they were written in buildings located across the street from one another. Many of the drafters of our Constitution also helped write the Canons of The Episcopal Church.

It is easy to see the similarities in the way we govern ourselves. Churches and Dioceses elect representatives that then make the decisions for the church and diocese as a whole. Thus, our election of Vestry members is an empowering act and one not to be taken lightly.

This past year's Vestry has worked in concert with their Baptismal Covenant and faith in God alongside your priest to do what the Holy Spirit has guided us to do. For that I am truly appreciative, thankful and filled with joy and hope for the future.

Please join us Sunday, immediately following the 10:30 service for a meal (provided) and the meeting. I guarantee you will make some new acquaintances and learn something new as well as just maybe, discover God' call on your life.

See ya Sunday!

Blessings,
Gary+
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