As you have heard Bishop Daniel Gutierrez will be joining us at Advent on Wednesday evening, January 25. We will offer a potluck dinner, followed by a service of Holy Eucharist in the church. Afterwards, the Vestry will meet with him. A call has gone out seeking assistance and most important ~ your attendance!
This is our first opportunity to share Church of the Advent with Bishop Gutierrez.
You ask, why is Bishop Gutierrez visiting? Well, an answer is that his visit is part of his goal of visiting all parishes in the Diocese especially those that have not received a Diocesan visit in recent years. In his view, the Diocese in all 132 disparate parishes and there needs to be an inclusive sense of community and mission fostered by communication and establishing personal relations. Come and share stories, begin to build friendships and also share with him how the Diocesan Office can better serve Advent. From personal experience, I know he will listen and take input.
Another question you may ask is how does this visit fit into his view of the Diocese? For his answer read his messages, especially His First 100 Days, posted on the diocese website (www.diopa.org) and included in his social media. He has heard the cry for more robust communication throughout the Diocese, and the Diocesan Office is creating streams to capture and disseminate information - diocesan-wide. Advent can take advantage of this for our programs and ministries.
Bishop Gutierrez will work to empower all to grow our congregations, to build a strong sense of community in the Diocese and to set a course for growth, evangelism, innovation, and discipleship.
As Bishop Gutierrez has written, “Each time we get knocked down, we will get up. We will get up and go farther, spread that beautiful message of Jesus Christ with hope and joy. Come and See.”
Please plan to join us on Wednesday, January 25th. Sign-up sheets are found in the narthex or call the church office to let us know what you can bring and how you can help. This is a great way to start our year!
Elizabeth Curtis Swain