As I write this, I'm just bursting with pride and gratitude for how wonderfully Christ Church folks hosted this morning's Seven-Parish Service of Holy Baptism & Confirmation..
Again this summer, our Middle School mentor, Page Pelphrey, will help chaperone a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. Composed of youth from across the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, Page and her charges, will work in two churches and visit a project site between July 1-9. Page is now assembling the supplies needed for the group to lead Vacation Bible School. Please consider helping by bringing to church such goodies as, Soccer balls (deflated), First aid kits, Beads for friendship bracelets, Bubble pans, wands, soap, Glue sticks, scissors, Duct tape, glitter and glue, Stickers (for projects and tracking attendance), and zip-lock sandwich bags. Please leave them at the Children's altar.
As I write this, inspired with hope and gratitude, the heart also breaks for the violence our nation and our world have experienced this week. Let us persevere in prayer: "Let us pray that God may change the hears of those responsible for terror, warfare and gun violence" let us pray for those who are sick, injured or suffering; and may God have mercy on those who have died. O Lord, we beseech thee to hear us.
May God's love and power enfold us all,
p.s.: The "River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage 2017" continued and continues its way south, still between Vermont and New Hampshire. Over the course of 40 days, pilgrims are paddling their way south on a spiritual adventure including public events. Bishop Ian Douglas and his wife, plan to participate in the southern portions of the pilgrimage. Nearby public events are planned for East Haddam, Deep River and Essex on July 7 and 8. To participate in them and/or as "Pilgrims in Prayer," go to the pilgrimage website here.
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