Posts from January 2017

Posts from January 2017

The beauty of our church.

We are blessed by many people who faithfully and often quietly work behind the scenes to beautify our church. Today I am especially grateful for our flower guild. Each week, our altars are adorned with lovely flower arrangements, created with care and with artistic talent. It’s a gift that is freely shared with us and for which we are grateful. This morning the flowers were exceptionally lovely. On this rather cloudy morning with intermittent snow showers, it was such a…

Contemplative Practices: Mary Oliver Poetry

In the dimming light of the evening, draw together by the flame of an oil lamp, we gathered in a circle and read Mary Oliver’s poetry, in a contemplative way, pausing after each reading, allowing time for the words to settle into our souls. We found her poetry to be beautiful, shocking, challenging, descriptive of the journey of the soul, and the images of nature to be stunning. We all left a bit calmer, a bit more tuned into the…

The Work of the People: The Ridiculous Journey of Following Jesus

A number of us gathered on Wednesday evening for a time of sharing a meal, hearing new ideas, and sharing our thoughts in a safe and caring space. We began our 6-week program on following Jesus through the use of videos by a number of theologians. We began our study by reading scripture connected with the evening’s topic, since we as Episcopalians are people rooted in scripture. We listened to and engaged with the story of the Good Samaritan. We…

St. Andrew’s Parish Annual Meeting

Today we held our parish annual meeting. The following members were elected as new vestry members: Susan Davis, Jeanine Goodwin, and John Richardson. We are grateful for their commitment to serving our parish in this leadership role. We also offered our thanksgiving for our two out-going vestry members: Bill Gawors, who has organized our outreach efforts for the past several years, been actively engaged in our spiritual formation programs, and who has faithfully served our parish as a verger in…