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If you haven’t read or listened to the address I gave this last Sunday (click here) Read the address
Listen to the address, I encourage you to do so. Much conversation followed the address after worship and I’ve continued to hear further conversation and response all this week. One challenge and opportunity I highlighted was our spaces. For a currently small congregation, we are blessed with considerable facilities. This is also a challenge, because facilities require constant upkeep and improvement. Let me revisit a couple of the conversations folks have been having at St. John’s related to our spaces.
There has been much conversation lately about rearranging, re-thinking, and repurposing the Parish House so that it might better serve us and the wider community. Several concrete proposals have been made and these will be going to the Vestry soon for approval. We intend on offering a couple of tours of the Parish House for those interested in learning more about the proposed changes. Nothing has been finally decided yet and the Vestry remains open to and desirous of further feedback, as well as additional ideas. If you have ideas about the Parish House, please make a point of attending one of these tours (details to be announced).
The other challenge is our beautiful church. I’ve written before about the significant obstacle to growth and welcome our many empty pews generates. Most guests worshipping with us for the first time on a Sunday will notice the many empty seats. They will wonder to themselves, “What happened?” “Why aren’t there more people here?” “Did something go wrong?” “Is there something the matter with this church?” They will ask this question whether we increase our regular attendance to 80 or 160 (because many pews will still be empty). At some point, as I shared during the address (and as many of you have said to me), we’ll need to have some prayerful and careful conversations about this challenge. It might result in removing or moving pews. It might not.
This week we’ll be running a series of submitted photos of St. John’s parishioners and their various activities over the summer. It’s not to late to submit your photos. Please send them to email@example.com. To view the photos, visit and like our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/stjohnsdbq/.
The Vestry will be meeting Tuesday, August 14th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Parish House Library.
Next Sunday, students of all ages and grades are invited to bring their backpack to be blessed in anticipation of the new school year. If you want to make sure your student is included in the prayers (whether present of not), please contact Susan Meyers in the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A brief workshop with practical tips for asking others to come to church and for telling others about your faith will be offered in conjunction with coffee hour on Sunday, August 26th.
The start of Sunday School and Adult Forum will take place at 9am, as well as our fall sermon series, “Love is a Way: Christianity as Passionate and Compassionate Love.” From 9:00 am to 9:45 am Sunday School will begin for all children. Parents are encouraged to have their children attend each week.
Stay tuned to hear about a fun event planned on this day, also.
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.. Amen.