Many exciting things are in the air this September as we look forward to the beginning of a new season.
I’m particularly excited about the beginning of Church School on September 12th. This year the Church School will meet at 10 AM each Sunday. We also provide a nursery for younger children at the 10 AM service. I always enjoyed having children at the service—as long as they weren’t screaming at the top of their lungs—but I know that sometimes parents feel uncomfortable having their younger children in church and I’m thankful that we are able to provide the nursery service.
With the help of Don Johnson, the Vestry and I are working on a project to replace the monster of a boiler that heats the main church with an energy-efficient, hot water system. It should be noted that our present boiler has given laudable service since 1977. The proposed manner of addressing the cost of the project is through several grants and assistance through the Diocesan Heistand Loan Program.
Our Antique Show is just around the corner, and the committee reports to me that we have 16 vendors lined up—I’m not quite sure how we’re going to shoehorn them all in—but the Antique Show is now only a few weeks away. I hope that there are many crafts on hand for our craft table, and that we’ll have a good crew of people to help out with setup and on the day of the Show. It’s the 47th year of the Antique Show, and I have to thank all who have worked so faithfully on this project over time. When you think about it, over the long haul (at an average of $2,500 per year), the Antique Show has generated at least $117,500 in income for our parish. (That’s a conservative estimate, as the Show has generated more than $2500 most years.) So, let’s be thankful for what the Show has done and is doing for us!
I’m sorry to report that Graeme Ogier departed this life last week. Although the Ogiers moved back to England several years ago, Graeme and Mary were integral, vibrant members of Saint Paul’s while they were with us. Please keep Mary in your prayers. I’m offering a memorial Eucharist for Graeme (a said service) on Monday, September 13th at 7 PM so that we can come and offer our prayers.
Grace and Peace to you, one and all,