Feeling Blessed


            The following is a true story.

            There is a gentleman who resides in an assistive living community in western Pennsylvania. You can almost always find him in the common living room area of his building reading the paper and chatting amiably with whomever passes by. If anyone asks him “How are you today?” He will always give the same answer:

            “I’m a BLESSED man!” (The emphasis is his)

            Most people smile kindly and tell him that’s wonderful. But, every now and again someone will look around and ask him how it is he came to feel so blessed. After all, he lives in an assistive living facility, his wife passed away 3 years ago, he can’t walk very well anymore, and maybe his eyesight is fading a bit- since it takes so long for him to read the newspaper.

            His answer to this inquiry is also always the same:

            “I’m 91 years old. I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in.  I was married to the most wonderful woman in the world for 64 years and she gave me the large family I always wanted. I get to talk on the phone to at least one of my children every day and hear about their lives. I have 30 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren (soon to be 12!). Yes, I AM a BLESSED MAN” (here, he will pat his belly for enhanced emphasis on the point).

            You can’t help but be impressed and agree with him…yes, he is a blessed man.

            So much of our circumstances depends on perspective. Things in our world will never be perfect and there will always be things we do not like. It may be hard sometimes to look at our life sometimes as blessed, but there is bound to be a great deal of goodness if we are able to take a moment and find it.

            We are a very blessed Church! We have a community of people who are willing to help each other and give to one another. We do not always agree, but are willing to communicate lovingly.  We’ve met numerous goals this past year! We have more goals to set and a group of dedicated people willing to work for them. We want to be here working for each other.

            This Memorial Day weekend, as we take time to remember what so many people sacrificed for others, thanking God for what is good about our Life, Parish, County, and World is important. This is how we will find the energy to remember that we are a BLESSED community!

            Yours In Christ,

            The Vestry,

George James (Rectors Warden)   

Chris Pepe (Finance Warden)

Bryan Bente (Peoples Warden)

Collis Townsend (Development Warden) 

Kevin Delaney

Chris Kydd

Kevin McLean

Susan Pignolo 

Karen Rodgers 

Damon Sinclair

Elizabeth Curtis Swain

Richard Tait 


            If you wish to contact the Vestry for any reason, please use the email address: vestry@adventks.org or call the parish office at 610 444 4624. Thank you!