July 11, 2013

The Service in Celebration of the Life of the Rev. John Booty will be held here this Saturday, July 13th, at 3 pm. Members of the parish are encouraged to bring light finger food for the reception table.
The services for this coming Sunday, July 14th, the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, will be at 8 and 10 AM with Ellie McLaughlin as our guest preacher. Rev. Heidi will be guest preaching at Church Island.

Readings for this Sunday:  Amos 7:7-1, Psalm 82, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37.
People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity! Lots of you have been reading it. Our first conversation will be this coming Wednesday, July 17th  at 10:15 and will cover the first three chapters.

Sign-up sheets on the easel in the Parish Hall.
      Wednesday mornings, July 17, 24, and 31 from 10:15 to 11:30
       Wednesday evening conversations with supper from 5:30 to 7
              (Express your date preferences)
       After church on two or three Sundays, at 11:30 (Express your date preferences)

HOLY SMOKE! Mark your calendars! Reserve or purchase your tickets! Invite your friends! Help get the word out. Flyers are available in the Parish Hall and we’d like your help getting them posted on area bulletin boards. Also please check the sign-up list and sign up to lend a hand. These dinners depend on broad-based parish participation so that we share the work, the satisfaction, and the fun!
It is with great sadness that I announce the unexpected and untimely death of Billy McAdams. While not an official member of the parish, for more than a decade, Billy has been our faithful snow-removal person (and in past years our lawn-care person as well). He died very suddenly of a massive heart attack on Wednesday of this week working in his wood lot. A gentle, humble man with a warm heart and sweet smile, as well as a deep commitment to this church, he will be missed. Please keep his beloved Gina and their children Shana and Joshua in your prayers. Plans for a service have not yet been made.
Food for thought (from Not by Bread Alone, 20120, by Jay Cornier)

If we pay attention, any moment or any place or any person might be a bearer of wisdom…Nothing is off limits as a potential source of wisdom, as the dwelling-place for divinity… Jesus’ invitation in the gospel to fishermen, tax collectors, farmers, laborers, and peasants to be his followers is extended to us, here in our own time and place. Our baptisms were our acceptances of that invitation to take on the work of discipleship in the homes and classrooms and workplaces and minivans where we live our lives. Christ invites us to take on the same work that was entrusted to him by the Father: to bring others to God through the Gospel of peace, reconciliation, and love.
What common, simple, everyday activity or task of yours can you make into a work of God?

See you in church!
Blessings, Heidi+