...ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people, for all the earth is mine. Exodus 19:5 KJV
Dear Fellow Peculiar Treasures,
Summer is upon us! Christian Ed for adults is on hiatus for a few weeks, but I expect a new offering to appear on the horizon: Centering Prayer. This focused, peaceful, contemplative practice can be transformative especially for those of us feeling caught in too-fast, too-furious lives. Stay tuned for more details and the start date.
Children’s Sunday School is also on hiatus for summer, but the playground is open and available for an after-coffee break on Sunday mornings… or any time! Watch for a new installation to come in the future – Junior Warden Ben Rice is exploring options for fun new play equipment designed for our toddlers and younger children! There were funds left from our last play equipment purchase and install so we’re going to put that to good use.
Watch for a Stewardship program we’re planning on bringing to you. No, I don’t mean a pledge drive – that will come, as usual, in the late fall. I’m talking about the theological idea of taking good care of ALL that God gives us. The Canons of the Episcopal Church charge the Rector of a parish to discuss, in addition to the biblical standard of the tithe for financial giving, Christian stewardship thus: “reverence for the creation and the right use of God's gifts, and generous and consistent offering of time, talent, and treasure for the mission and ministry of the Church at home and abroad.”
There are opportunities open NOW for you to do something new at church or, if you haven’t offered your talents before, to do so in one of these areas of real need: Lay Readers, Lay Eucharistic Visitors (who take communion to those who are homebound or assisted-care-bound).
Adults are needed who would like to offer a series of classes in September: we’re hoping to offer short runs of classes on topics of current interest (what are some of the topics that are difficult to talk about that we SHOULD talk about in church?) or a short Bible study.
Most of all, we’re looking for a crew of about 6 to 9 who are called to teach children’s Sunday School. If you hadn’t noticed, we have a LOT of children in our midst. They don’t all come up to the step on Sunday mornings for the “Children’s Word”: some are a little too old and prefer to help with Children’s Church or stay in the pew; some aren’t ready to make that walk up the aisle; some don’t come regularly because we don’t offer a class to suit their age group. That last statement needs addressing: we need to offer age-specific classes here for the first time in a several years! Hallelujah! So we’ll need at least 3 Sunday School classes to offer age-appropriate material and activities for the many wonderful young people here. Is that you?!
I hope you find fullness of life through your worship, fellowship and social justice activities at St. Philip’s. Your kindness, friendliness, compassion and acting-out of gospel living are what let others know we are Christians: they’ll know us by our love, eh?