January 18, 2022
Dear Fellow St. B’ers,
After spending much of December in shorts, we are now going through our second “big” snow of 2022, and it’s only mid-January. This is just further proof that little in our lives stays the same for long. In that vein, we are entering into a period of transition at St. Bartholomew’s as we say goodbye to Father Sammy and his family and begin the process of calling a new rector. I have appreciated talking, texting, and emailing with many of you over the past couple of weeks and sharing surprise, sadness, and hurt but also resilience and hope for our church. As the staff, who have been through this recently, have reminded us, this is a time for all of us to “lean in” to our church family.
In the spirit of leaning in, we invite your participation in several important events over the next three weeks:
The Annual Meeting on January 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the nave and on Zoom. Please plan to attend the annual parish meeting to hear reports from the rectors, wardens, and treasurer and vote for new vestry members. For more information on the vestry nominees and voting procedure, look for a separate email this week.
Please pray for St. B’s during a time of change. Pray for the Wood’s as they depart, the staff as they serve, the vestry as they discern, and our church that we may grow together. The vestry and staff will be offering the prayers below every time they meet through this season. We invite you to join us.
FOR A RECTOR SEARCH
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for St. Bartholomew’s that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 818)
FOR THE PARISH
Almighty and ever living God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 817)
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