Before getting into the events of Welcome Back Sunday, there is a bit of Saturday prep-work that would enhance our Sunday experience: Please consider stopping by Saturday morning, 9 a.m.- Noon, September 10, to help tidy up the parish grounds. A little weeding, raking or trimming in a spot of your choice, would help polish our grounds for Sunday's welcoming activities. Remember your gloves and tools; the parish's own will be available.
This Sunday marks the return of our school-year Sunday Schedule: Sunday School and Middle School classes will meet, the Choir returns to the loft, and we will share our now-traditional Welcome Back Sunday BBQ and Potluck Picnic:
Last Sunday began the internship of seminarian Andrew Dosswith us. If you didn't meet Andrew last week, be sure and say hello to him this Sunday. Andrew, a friend of last year's seminary-intern Stephen Douglas', comes to us with an amazing array of gifts and experiences from the Diocese of Louisiana. Jane Ferrall has posted an introduction to Andrew on our parish web site; scroll down the page for Andrew's intro.
Andrew will lead the opening fall sessions of the Sunday Rectory Forum and the Tuesday Supper Conversations. Among his many talents and experiences is that he is a published and produced playwright! And he will lead us in reading and talking about his play Song of a Man Coming Through, which he wrote with his father, and which was presented in New Orleans in 2015 -- winning an award for Best Original Work. The play explores baptismal identity in a time of crisis for a man on death row. Please join the conversation on Sunday mornings beginning September 18th at 9 a.m., or the parallel conversation on Tuesday evenings beginning September 20th at 6 p.m. Both meetings are in the Rectory.
The first Homegatherings in the second phase of our "God's Call to Us -- Now & Into the Future" Parish Planning Process are this Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. In the homes of fellow parishioners, these gatherings will address our service to one another within the life of the Parish (Friday, at the Leonards'), and sustaining the financial well-being of the parish (Saturday, at the Cuddys'). Yet to come, outreach-service by the parish in the larger community (Sunday, September 18, at noon), and support for families with children and youth (Sunday, September 25, at 4:30 p.m.) Details are on the parish web-site and in Senior Warden Pat Daunic's letter mailed to parish households on August 29th.
I look forward to beginning a terrific fall season with you!
In faith and hope,
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