From the Rector: Let Us Give Thanks!
This is a time of year when things tend to slow down and so it is a good time to stop and
give thanks for our many blessings as a parish. Let’s give thanks especially to some of
the people that work behind the scenes at our church:
First, let’s thank Gigi Comer and Meredith Wargo. They have been the co-editors of The
Dove for the last two years. They have brought their skill and professionalism to our
monthly newsletter so that it continues to be something to look forward to each month.
Thank you, Gigi and Meredith, for your patience with late arriving articles and your
creativity in making The Dove so engaging to read. After Gigi and Meredith’s retirement
this month, the church will try a different format for The Dove, using a service called
Constant Contact. That service will allow Kristin to send information in a newsletter
format on a weekly basis. We will start using this new format in late July, so look for
details on how to submit material.
Second, I want to thank Midge Printz and Laura Castrillon and all the people who serve
on our Altar Guild. We gave a public “thank you” to Midge several weeks ago during a
Sunday service, but I wanted to repeat that recognition and also thank Laura for the
smooth transition from Midge’s steady hand to her leadership as chairperson. All the
members of the Altar Guild are so important to the worship life of this parish.
Though this group is not exactly “behind the scenes,” I also want to thank all the choirs
and especially Jeff Daniel for his patient and skilled leadership. The choirs practice
when no one is around so they can lead us well in our public worship of God. I am
grateful as I hear one of our choirs sing an anthem, chant the psalm, or help us sing the
service music reverently and enthusiastically. Thank you, Jeff and choristers!
Another group that is easy to take for granted is our Vestry. I have worked with two
dozen vestry people since I was called to be rector in 2009. Each one has served with
good conscience and good cheer as they sought to serve God and God’s mission. The
work can involve long hours and tough decisions, but I can assure you that the people
who serve you do it faithfully—and have some fun, too.
And as I write this, I see and hear the joy and wonder of Vacation Bible School taking
place all around me. Julie Wilson and her team of helpers do a remarkable job of
teaching our children about their Christian faith and building memories that will last
throughout their lives. When you see Julie or one of the many adult helpers, be sure to
say “thank you” to them for all they do for us and our children.
There are many more people we could thank — Bob Bybee, our webmaster, who does
such faithful and creative behind the scenes work for our parish; some of the “upfront”
people, like Cathy Zappa, especially for her work with the youth over the past year; Br.
Kenneth for his work with building our contemplative practices. Let us all look around
us and remember to say thank you to one another and thanks be to God.