Checking In for 9/12
Jesus Was Radical
Jesus, in his time was a not just the loving person who healed people and lead his disciples toward God. He was a very divisive person who was downright radical in not only his words, but his actions. We aren’t just talking about how he knocked the money changers’ tables at the Temple. He performed miracles for free! There were plenty of healers during his time, but they always charged money for their services. He talked about forgiveness! This was during a time when people literally followed through with the mantra ‘an eye for an eye’. He was willing to give his life for strangers, not just comrades or family. People didn’t do that.
Jesus was radical. And that is why he was crucified.
From Radical to Common
Last week, we had a very successful welcome back picnic. We are now looking forward to our Church year with a full calendar of Sunday School, Worship, Concerts, Outreach, and Fellowship.
We are blessed to be in a Parish that has so much energy! We are also so lucky to live in a time where it is no longer radical to give to others, to forgive, and to be a part of a religious community.
Unfortunately, there is a problem with the beginning of our Church year.
We are leaving people behind.
We have a need for a volunteer to organize drivers for our bus ministry, and no one has stepped forward. We leave behind our Parishioners at the assisted living facilities when we do not have people willing to organize the bus drivers so those who no longer can drive may join us at to church.
We need Sunday School teachers. We cannot educate our children about following the word of Christ if no one is there to teach them.
We need people willing to help with fellowship. Currently, one person is stepping forward to lead the effort of our Parish Celebrations. That is not fair to the person working so hard for this effort.
We cannot have a successful Parish if we leave anyone behind or alone to do the work that God has asked us to do. We have made efforts to listen to parishioners with ideas about how we can move forward in a positive and successful way. We have received a lot of good feedback from Parishioners, and for that we are thankful.
We need all of us to step forward out of our comfort zones and help. It is not just the Vestry’s job to make things happen. It is our job to communicate to you what needs to happen.
To those who have and regularly step forward, thank you! We appreciate all you do and have done for our Parish Family. We are hopeful more will join your ranks to help us become a growing, successful parish!
If you are intereseted in one of thany of our ministries, please click on the links below.
Yours in Christ,
George James (Rectors Warden)
Chris Kydd (Finance Warden)
Kevin McLean (Peoples Warden)
Chris Pepe (Development Warden)
Please note that whenever you need to reach the Vestry, you can use our new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much!