Fr. John’s Retirement Open House was a wonderful occasion full of memories, well-wishes, and a few tears. Thanks to all who worked to make the day a success. Fr. John and Barbara were presented with a check to pay for having former church stained glass windows remade into windows for their new home. They also received many cards and a few presents.
Today we begin another phase in the life of this parish – an interim of sorts. We are beginning to learn how to keep this building and the congregation going without a priest in charge. During the next six Sundays we will have Fr. Jim Lodwick here for the 10:00 and 12:30 Holy Communion services and the 8:00 service will be Morning Prayer. We will not have any midweek Mass, although other midweek activities will continue as usual.
I do not yet have any predictable office hours for you to stop by to tell me something. However, the phone answering machine is on and will be monitored. We have compiled some contacts for you to use during this summer if you need help with a church or personal matter.
At the risk of sounding like a mother, I would like us all to do our part around the church building and grounds. If you unlock a door, lock it before you leave. If you see trash on the sidewalk, pick it up and put it in a trash can. If you see that the trash can is full, take it out to the alley and put a new bag in the can. Offer to help the wardens as they are doing their duties; they are really taking a lot on these days.
One final note to the Altar Guild, please plan to be at the church by 9:30 AM on your Sunday to set up the altar and credence table for communion. If you cannot do this, please call Tonya Wraight to work something out.
May God continue to bless us all during this transition time.