I pray you all have a happy and safe Independence Day. I remember celebrating the 4th of July in Liberia – in February! Sounds strange, right? The festivities were held in February because it could be difficult for people ‘up country’ to travel to the Voice of America compound near Monrovia in rainy season. I felt extraordinarily proud to be an American as I watched the Marines in dress uniform raise the national ensign and play the Star Spangled Banner. I had experienced less than properly disciplined Liberian soldiers at checkpoints, so seeing our women and men at attention was refreshing. What wonderful blessings we have here in the United States, including traveling from state to state and the freedom to worship as we choose. May we continue to be good stewards of all we have been given.
As a part of the transition process I have scheduled Sacred Listening Group sessions for July and August. These sessions are a time when you may come to share your thoughts and/or feelings about the ministry here at St. Paul. These are small group events to provide participants time and space to speak without being judged. There will be sign-up sheets in narthex. If you want to sign up anonymously, you can use John or Jane Doe. Four sessions are scheduled; more will be planned, if needed.
Wednesday, 11 July 7:00 – 8:30 pm limited to 10 people
Sunday, 15 July 10:00 – 10: 50 am limited to 7 people
Sunday, 5 August 10:00 – 10:50 am limited to 7 people
Wednesday, 8 August 7:00 – 8:30 pm limited to 10 people
A new member class is planned for late September / early October. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a part of the St. Paul community, please let me or Rosanne know. The classes will be held on Sunday mornings 10:00 – 10:50 am.
I’ve said a few times already and will say again and again: Please continue to pray for St. Paul, and for me, as together we work through the interim process and prepare for you to call your next settled pastor. God’s peace be with you.