February 20, 2019
Death came gently for Richard Whitney yesterday at 6:10p.m. with family at his side. Although he appeared full of energy and cheerful the last time we saw him on a Sunday, he had been under hospice care for some months now. At dinner on Sunday, Dick told his daughter that he thought the time was near, and he was ready to join Georgia.
I have met with family members, and they have requested that we hold the service for Dick this Friday, February 22, at 11a.m. And so that is what we will do.
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord,
and may light perpetual shine upon him.
God's Peace be with you all,
February 16, 2019
As noted last week, our InReach Committee is hosting Breakfast Conversations at our new round tables, on Sunday, February 17 beginning at 9a.m. These occasional breakfasts provide an opportunity for folks from both the 8 and 10a.m. services to sit down with each other, share something tasty to eat, and have a chance for conversation.
All that's required to participate in a Breakfast Conversation is to show up! The committee organized the breakfast at their meeting last Sunday, and there were no sign-ups. Hope to see you there!
Given Monday's President's Day School holiday, our Sunday School and Youth Program will not meet this Sunday, February 17.
Minutes of the February 10 meetings about Faith Formation and InReach were posted shortly afterwards. Watch announcements and calendars as plans unfold. Two items from those minutes will invite more discussion and wider participation:
Speaking of my winter break, I can now keep up my end of conversations with you about four recent movies -- The Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, and Boy Erased. Curiously, they are all "bio pics" of one sort or another. Also saw the touring production of Rent; the actors were uniformly terrific, and had been in diapers at the time of the first tour!
Maybe my interest in biographical movies was spurred by the two biogrpahies that I'm reading. I've finished Hatched, Matched & Dispatched: The Life & Times of the Almost Reverend William Billow. Will is a friend with great skill as a story-teller, and he has amazing stories to tell. He was the long-time chaplain of St. Alban's -- the school for boys of Washington National Cathedral.
Although not written to demonstrate Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's "Way of Love," I couldn't help but notice how Will reports walking that way to Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go & Rest with those in his care I'll point to some snippets from the book as we, with others throughout the Episcopal Church, take stock of the Way of Love for our Sunday morning Rectory Forums and Tuesday evening Supper Conversations during Lent and Eastertide.
I look forward to worship, conversation and breakfast with you this Sunday, February 17. If you're traveling this President's Day Weekend, I hope you find yourselves refreshed and rested!
In faith, hope, and love,
February 9, 2019
This will be a busy Sunday for Christ Church of Guilford! In addition to our chief work on the Lord's Day -- worship of Almighty God (at 8a.m., 10a.m. and 4p.m.), our Sunday School will gather, and there will be meetings about two important dimensions of our life together: Faith Formation & InReach. Both meetings are scheduled to happen during/following Coffee Hour.:
At the Annual Parish Meeting, we had an opportunity to do two Rhythms of Grace activities, -- writing "Gratitude Cards" and coloring, dressing, gluing on hair (er, yarn) to turn a plain doll figure into a person in church. And we saw again, how these activities engage children of all ages and abilities. Take a look at the big "church" poster, and notice how all the figures are welcome and included. We strive to be just like that.
Thanks to everyone who helped serve and clean-up after our Annual Parish Meeting, and to everyone who participated in the meeting itself. I think we accomplished our business with dispatch! We elected Alicia Bacon Junior Warden, Ed SeibertTreasurer pro-tem, Mardee Moore and Gabriela Cabrejo to three-year terms on the Vestry, Sue Shackford to a two-year term on the Vestry, and Bill Cuddy to a three-year term as one of our Convention delegates. Re-elected to an additional one-year term were Senior Warden Rose Robinson, and Parish Clerk Susan Leonard. The Nominating Committee for the 2020 Annual Parish meeting will include Gabrielle Johnson, Diane Link, John Mayo, and Lisa Ste. Marie.
In other business, we thanked retiring Treasurer Michael Crossley and Vestry Members. Peter Marks and David Oshana, heard from Finance Chair Ted Sands and Michael about our 2018 financial situation and our operating budget for 2019; and we set February 9 as the date for our 2020 Annual Parish Meeting.
Please welcome the Rev. Lynda Tyson as celebrant and preacher at the 8 and 10a.m. services on Sunday, and the Rev. Mary Anne Osborn as celebrant and one of the activity leaders for Rhythms of Grace at 4p.m. I will be holding you all in prayer at St. Paul's in the Desert; I just hope the hymns and music will be as inspiring as what Mark and our Choir have planned for y'all in Guilford.
In faith, hope, and love,
4 Epiphany: Annual Parish Meeting; Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord; Chapel on the Green Report
February 2, 2019
We feature various authors from around our parish, commenting on topics of interest to our community. Enjoy! Comment if you are so moved!