From the Rector:
The new program year can now be seen on the near horizon. Your clergy and staff are excited to begin all the things we do during this time of the year. As you come to church on Sunday or during the week, you will see the beehive of activities-the ECOHS Preschool just started and so did our two new EfM classes and the Mothers' Group; Community of Hope training and the new Bible study series on Ruth and Jonah will begin shortly, too.
On September 7, we will have our kick-off Sunday when we will begin Christian Education for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and also on that date our later service will move back to a 10:45 start time. It should be a fun day and a chance for all of us to join in with the worship, fellowship, and formation that characterizes our time together. Please talk with Cathy Zappa, Julie Wilson, or Jeff Daniel, or me if you have questions about how you can join in with what we do on Sunday or during the week.
During this busy start up period, I invite us all to take time to pray as part of our life together. Whether before we start a meeting, as part of our discernment and planning for what we do, or simply as a community practice that centers and guides us as part of our daily life, common prayer is central to our identity and gives us access to God's grace.
A good opportunity and example for this type of prayer is what the chaplains for our capital campaign will be doing during the next several weeks. As we gather your feedback through the online surveys (due September 4!) and as that information is processed in order to produce a feasibility study for your vestry and me, we will have scheduled times of prayer about our discernment and for other important issues for our parish. These meetings will take place Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 4:30 pm. Please take part as you are able. We hope to continue these meetings into the next phase of our capital campaign and building expansion.
May God bless you and all that we do in this community in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.