Grace and peace to you from God the Father and Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
I often tell folks that God has given us everything we need - and its each other. I don't think I've ever belonged to a congregation where this is truer than at All Saints. As I assume more responsibilities with Deacon Anita's leaving to discern if God is calling her to the priesthood, and Fr. Gary's leaving for his sabbatical, I have been amazed at how incredibly attentive you are to the needs of one another and to those on the margins. It makes my Deacon's heart swell with pride. Much of the time, the needs are quietly met. It seems all one has to do is make the need known and someone quietly steps up to address it. We truly are the hands and feet of Christ to one another and to the greater community.
There are also many needs that are met through the ministry committees of the parish. We have been highlighting some of those again in our "Did you know" segment of the announcements given by the Vestry Person of the Day (VPOD) during the 10:30 service. We are re-visioning the formal and informal meeting of needs through the Gather-Transform- Send model that the Fr. Gary and the Vestry are working to implement. After all, that is the work of the Church, to Gather God's people to worship, learn more about our faith and grow more Christ-like. The Church also Transforms people so that they are better equipped to meet needs within and outside the congregation, and to Send us out into the
community to meet those needs and share the love of God with our corner of the world. I am excited about this new focus I know you will be too. You'll continue to learn more about Gather-Transform- Send over the next weeks and months.
I will be gone this Sunday for Rev. Rebecca McCullogh's memorial service in Chapel Hill and then to Hilton Head for a day or two with my sister and her husband. This is the only time I should be gone during Fr. Gary's sabbatical. I will be available by cell phone if you need to contact me. My cell phone number is 704 349-0686.
See you next week,
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