Which is more important: how others perceive you or how you perceive yourself? Tough question! In today’s world perception seems to have become reality. Yet, you are the most important person in determining the outcome of your happiness. I say, “To thine own self be true!”
Last Sunday’s Welcome Back Picnic was another resounding success and I can’t get enough of that Blue Grass mass. As keeper of the flame, I know I flipped 120 burgers and rolled 72 hot dogs, all of which were consumed along with deviled eggs, salads and desserts brought by parishioners. Mushroom Festival parking yielded some $4,000 for our Youth Programs! Thanks to all for a job well done!
This Sunday, Jim Palic and his team will be launching this year’s Annual Canvass. The Vestry has compiled the budget requests and the goal is to raise $580,000 in pledges. This is up a little from last year and covers Advent’s basic operating costs and some strategic investments. The latter includes an expansion of our Children & Youth programs under Rev. Greg Wilson’s leadership and promoting our good works more broadly in the community. And a better sound system!
Does Advent need YOUR support? Yes! We need as many people as possible to participate so the Vestry can set a realistic budget and continue to grow this church. In the weeks to come, parishioners will “Share God’s Gifts” and testify as to how Advent has helped them. We all need to humbly listen to their stories. Pledging support is visible evidence of your commitment to Advent, which as a community will always be there to support YOU.
Also this Sunday, Tom Curry and his team will also be starting an adult forum series on end-of-life matters. Death is a part of life, just not the fun part. We need to discuss such things as wills, living wills, advanced health care directives, financial record keeping, etc. for the sake of the surviving families. It is good stewardship!
My perception is that Advent is doing well. I personally benefit from serving on the Vestry, participating in Advent events and contributing as able to our collective experience. Advent is my church – Advent is your church!
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10 ESV
Your Obedient Servant,
Collis O. Townsend