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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.

Keith+

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