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March 17, 2022

Sisters and Brothers,
 
We received sad news earlier this week. Randy Putnam died quietly in his sleep on Sunday. The family will receive visitors from 2 to 3 pm with a celebration of life service immediately following at 3pm Friday, March 18th at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway. Please pray for the repose of Randy’s soul and keep his family and all who mourn him in your prayers.
 
There’s a lot going on around here these days:
 
  • Monday through Friday evenings at 8:00, we read Compline.
  • On Monday evenings at 6:30, we gather for a lectionary-based Bible Study.
  • On Wednesday evenings in Lent at 6:00 we are reading Kristin Swenson’s book, Bible  Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time.
 
All of these offerings are open to anyone and everyone you would care to invite.
All of these are offered on our Zoom Spiritual Communion link.
 
And, there’s more to come. In the coming weeks, we are planning for Adult Sunday School to start and are working on what formats that could take. Planning for Holy Week – Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday – is underway. We will forego an Easter Vigil this year, and plan to work toward a special return of that liturgy in 2023. We are working on ways to return some traditional elements of liturgy that have been set aside during the pandemic, and are looking at starting an 8:30 Sunday morning worship service. We are starting the work of modernizing our administrative practices. And if that’s not enough to think about, we are getting ready to recruit folks for committee work that will give each of you an opportunity to use your gifts for ministry.
 
You have been so faithful, cheerful, creative, and resilient during a period of loss and decline that predates the pandemic, and now it’s time to build St. Bart’s into the congregation God is calling us to be. We have a lot of work to do, and we are so blessed by the creativity, competence, and dedication we have in one another. We also are blessed to be experiencing what feels like the beginning of a renewal of spirit, hope, and confidence which deeply encourages me. So, when I call you, along with wanting to get to know you, I’m going to ask you what you want and what you can do and be for each other and for God. Just a little heads-up. I do have to say that it feels counter-intuitive, in what are frightening times, to experience this optimism; to my mind that’s evidence of the Holy Spirit moving in our life together.
 
See you in church. Peace,
 
 
Michael