With the day beginning with a record low temperature of minus 17 degrees, nonetheless, Saint Paul’s Annual Meeting was held this past Monday evening.
We began with a dish-to-pass dinner promptly at 6 PM, with a wide variety of dishes and a generous representation of entrees and dishes including pork roast, meat balls, teriyaki beef, various potato casseroles, and macaroni and cheese. Desserts were also in generous supply: fresh pineapple, chocolate cake, and pecan pie to name but a few.
Elected to the Vestry to be in the class of 2014 were Jack Dettinger, Wilma Johnson, Linda McNeill, and Richard Trambarger. Retirees from Vestry (the class of 2011) are: Pat Dean, Don Johnson, Karen Morrow, and Renée Tevlin.
The theme of my address was “Thanksgiving as our grateful response to God,” in which was highlighted the wide variety of activities, mission and ministry of our parish and the way in which God has equipped us to carry forward those ministries, even in the face of the difficult times in which we live.
Both the Senior Warden and I addressed the challenge of dealing with a deficit budget for the year 2011, noting that this represents the first such budget in many years.
With pride in our accomplishments, I lauded how a chief characteristic of our parish is the way in which we tend to “step up to the plate” to address what’s needed in our parish, the community– and beyond.
We shared and celebrated the many aspects of our Lord’s ministry among us, particularly noting our more recent venture into addressing the need and concern for the homeless in our community by providing a hot meal at least one day during the winter by our Loving Spoonful Soup Kitchen.
If you missed the Annual Meeting, there are booklets that are available in the hallway for you to regard. There’s a correction to added to the archival copy of the annual report, which is to include both William (Bill) Davis and Clancy Prevost in the prayers for the departed.
For a theme for the coming year, we have drawn upon the passage found in Ephesians 5:19: “Live like intelligent and not like senseless people. This may be a wicked age, but your lives should redeem it. Do not be thoughtless but recognize what is the will of the Lord. Be filled with the Spirit, sing the words and tunes of the psalms and hymns when you are together, and go on singing and chanting to the Lord in your hearts, so that always and everywhere you are giving thanks to God who is our Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(Print copies of the Annual Report are available via the parish office.)