At this writing I’m preparing to be away for some personal time, our annual family vacation. As I’m preparing to be on our way, there are a couple of things that I’m excited about, and things that I’m grateful for that are coming up shortly.
- First, I’m thankful that Saint Paul’s is such a dynamic and vital place.
- While I’m away, we’re having our annual yard sale, the Ladies’ Guild Annual Picnic, and we are hosting a couple of concerts for the Endless Mountain Music Festival.
- We’re also getting ready for the fall, with the return of Church School and the annual Antique Show.
- This fall, some of the youth of the parish will be incorporated into the Lector’s Schedule for that important ministry.
- We’ve formatted a printable version of all six forms of the Prayers of the People, so that folk may take their turns reading and leading these prayers at our weekend services.
- To ensure that Saint Paul’s remains a vital center for ministry, we are exploring the potential of installing a new energy-efficient boiler for the main Church. We are working pro-actively to provide regular press releases and ads in the local paper.
- Our website has had a major overhaul.
- We are exploring the use of a Facebook or Myspace link from the website, and there are already links there to blogs like this one. These are all means by which members of the parish might keep in touch, especially those who are away for extensive portions of the winter season.
Recently I had some people come by for a “tour” of Saint Paul’s; they had just dropped by in the middle of the day to take some pictures, and to look around. While they were oohing and aahing over the architecture and the design elements of the building, I was bragging. “Saint Paul’s is not a museum. It is a dynamic, vibrant community of faith!”
I’m proud of what we are, and what we are able to do in the name of our Lord Jesus.