Annual Meeting: Sunday January 18th
It has been a full year for Epiphany and its ministries.
During Lent, we created Stations of the Cross which went “on tour” to the Community Stations service at Our Lady of the Lake and were appreciated by those who used them to pray. Our Bishop visited and Confirmed and Received three people, while another Reaffirmed her commitment to the Church. At the Easter Vigil, we baptized a whole family of folks.Over the summer, we hosted the Bishop’s Bike Ride, feeding them, showering them, giving them an easy night, and escorting them out of town. We ended our summer worship on the lawn, for all the world to see what it is that we do behind these doors Sunday by Sunday.
Since September, we have seen the re-launch of the Community Meal, thanks to the tireless efforts of Cyrus Regis and a number of faithful volunteers, and the partnership of St Bartholomew’s, Mayfield Village.We have conducted a Capital Campaign which, thanks to the generosity of many souls and the hard work of a few willing volunteers, has raised to date $221,600 in pledges, 30% of which will support the new Diocesan Camp and Retreat Center, and 70% of which will remain right here to help our building serve us well into the future. It will be the work of the next Vestry, and the next, to determine what to do first. The work of inviting bids for capital improvements has already begun, and the Junior Warden will have more to say on that subject.
While the big events stand out, what I will remember more from this year is the little pieces that come together to lift them up. The honest conversations, the quiet prayers at a bedside, the hidden acts of ministry and mercy that work together to lift up the worship and work of this parish. I commented a few weeks ago about how thankful I have been, as this church family has lost so many members to the life eternal this past year, for how you support one another, visit one another, help one another, comfort one another.In Advent we began a new healing service on Thursday nights. I think it is a fine expression of what this church does so well: lifting up others in prayer, and standing beside them when they can barely stand themselves.
This parish is more than a building, more than a collection of individuals; its life is more than a series of events. It is a living and loving community, that with God’s help will only grow in life and love in the year to come. That is why, at the end of a recent Vestry meeting, setting out once more into the dark and the cold for the long drive home, when a member asked me, “Are you happy here?” I didn’t hesitate.This is a truly great place to be.