From the Pastor’s Pen

Dear Members and Friends:

Happy New Year!

We have said goodbye to 2019 and have welcomed 2020!

I expect 2020 to be a good year for St. Paul’s.  First, let’s recall the high points of 2019.  Our Holy Week and Easter celebrations were solemn when they needed to be and particularly joyful on Easter morning.  Church Music Sunday (the Fifth Sunday of Easter) was a great celebration of the resurrection presented by all our choirs and bands.  Vacation Bible School was a faith-filled travel adventure to Greece where children and adults had fun.  The Transition Team worked hard and, after a little slow-down, the MSP and supporting documents were sent to Bishop Bartholomew in November. We received several new members.  There were many fun gatherings.  And your generosity blessed many people in the community and beyond.

This month the council will appoint the Call Committee at its regular meeting on the 21st.  If you are interested in serving on the Call Committee, please let Karen Platt or another council member know.  The council will choose seven active members in good standing.  Important characteristics for Call Committee members are weekly worship attendance and the ability to maintain confidentiality.  Bishop Bartholomew will be meeting with the council and Call Committee in February.

After that, the committee will meet to prepare their questions and interview plan.  I will arrange a practice interview with a colleague who will not be a candidate so the committee will be ready when the Bishop sends them a name.  I will share more on the call process in the weeks ahead.  And remember, you can always ask me or a council member if you have questions on any ministry area here at St. Paul’s.

If you are of the mind to make New Year resolutions, I invite you to commit to attending worship every week.  It’s not a small thing for Christians.  Coming together with fellow believers to hear the Word and receive the Sacrament strengthens and deepens our faith.  We miss you when aren’t there.  I feel the Holy Spirit moving and filling St. Paul’s with  new energy for mission and ministry in Hainesport and beyond.  So come back and join us – don’t miss the fun!

May God bless you every day in 2020.

Your partner in the Gospel,

Pastor Elaine

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