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October 28, 2022

Sisters and Brothers,

 Some reminders and some “new” information about our life together:

  • Masks are optional, and we still need to be vigilant about our own health and the impact that it can have on others. So, if you are sick or feel “like you’re coming down with something,” please stay home and join us online. We will miss you and want you to be safe and well.
  • The distribution of the wine at Communion continues with individual portions and now includes a small chalice for those who care to instinct (dip the bread). We will continue to watch Covid data as we consider offering the Common Cup.
  •  Christian Formation continues at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays in the Library. Between now and the first of Advent we will be looking at the Apostle Paul’s life and the evolution of his theology.
  • Fellowship after worship continues each Sunday. There is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall. Please consider offering your hospitality to your fellow parishioners.
  • Bi-weekly Healing Prayer continues at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, October 30th in the Nave. This is a brief time of prayer, quiet, reflection, and meditation, and we hope to see you there.
  • On Sunday, November 13th, after worship, we will work on reconfiguring our technology in the Nave to make it more hospitable. Please stick around that day to help out.
  • Brunswick Stew will be available between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19th. Please sign-up in the Narthex to help with stirring, packaging, and distribution. This is another one of those opportunities for easy evangelism. Talk it up with friends and neighbors; invite folks to join you; and give stew away as a gift.
  •  A Service of Advent Lessons and Carol will be held on Sunday, December 11th. We will need several readers, and we would like to include folks who don’t normally serve in that capacity. Please, reach out to me if you are interested. Additionally, if you would like to offer your musical gifts to our worship that day please be in-touch with me.
  • Our Christmas Eve worship will begin with Carols at 8:30 p.m. and Holy Eucharist at 9:00 p.m. We want as full participation as is possible. If you no longer drive at night, we’d love to connect you with someone to give you a ride that evening. Please be in-touch with me so we can make those connections.
  • The Vestry is commissioning an architectural/engineering inspection of the building. We are looking for guidance to help prioritize the several capital improvement projects that are at hand.
  • Music has been a strong suit for us this year. We’ve enjoyed a broad variety of traditional, contemporary, and folk music. We have done this with great dedicated supply musicians and wonderful volunteer leadership. After the holidays, we want to sit down and look at our Music Ministry as a whole and begin to set a vision and some intentionality to strengthen this vital part of worship.
  • Look for news about starting a Community Garden on our campus this coming Spring.

 There is so much going on in our life together. St. Bart’s is regaining her vitality, creativity and enthusiasm. Our life together and witness to God’s love in our neighborhood deserve your participation and generosity. And our life together can only be enhanced by gathering those absent from us – those whom we know and those whom we have yet to meet. So, if you love what we have here, I trust you will do two things: 1) give to our life together, and 2) invite others into it. It is a joy and blessing to serve with and among you.

 Thanks for all you do,

 Michael