Folks continue to remark to me what a marvelous "Welcome Back Sunday" we shared! And I can only nod, agree, and thank everyone who made it so! Sunday School Director Laurie Varley posted a sign outside to Welcome Sunday School students and teachers, and was ready with juice and donuts for the children's Chapel Time at 9:30 a.m.! The Choir sounded marvelous on their return to the balcony -- and they looked sharp in their black & white "uniform" for hot and humid weather As promised, our first service ended in time to allow for participation in the Town's 9-11 Observance on the Green -- which was fitting, moving and uplifting. Our Welcome Back Picnic provided a tasty opportunity for adults to visit and children to play. Thanks go to Senior Warden Pat Daunic's preparations and the goodies you all brought to share, and the help you provided with set-up, serving and clean-up. Special thanks go to the Committee on Weather who provided a delightful breeze and a truly amazing break in the humidity!
Also contributing to the enjoyment of the picnic was how terrific the Parish Grounds looked following the Saturday labors led by Junior Warden Susan Shackford! She had at least seven of us on our hands and knees enjoying the difference our efforts made! You can see some of us at work here.
The "Welcome Back" continues this Sunday, September 18, as both the Rectory Forum and the Young Adults Program (Y.A.P.) begin their fall seasons. In the Y.A.P,, our High School students meet with Alex Diana in the Guild Room beginning at 9:30a.m.; their conversations (usually) conclude in time for the YAPper to hear the sermon in worship.
The Rectory Forum will gather over coffee and tea again at 9a.m. Sunday mornings in the rectory living room. Our seminary-intern Andrew Doss will lead the Forum and theTuesday Suppers in reading and talking about his play, Song of a Man Coming Through. The play explores baptismal identity in a time of crisis for a man on death row. Perhaps, if we ask nicely, Andrew will also talk to us about the process of writing the play with father, getting it produced in New Orleans, and being awarded for 2015's Best Original Work staged in New Orleans. The Tuesday informal Suppers begin at 6 p.m. in the Rectory, followed by conversation led by Andrew; and we're on our way by 7:45 p.m. I'm very excited about this opportunity for us, and urge you to consider joining either the Sunday or Tuesday conversations with Andrew, as your schedule permits.
The second phase of our "God's Call to Us -- Now & Into the Future" Parish Planning Process continues with Homegatherings this Sunday and next. As in last year's first phase Homegatherings, last weekends' combined wonderful hospitality with fun people! The phase two gatherings then focus on thoughtful considerations of each occasion's topic. Last week's productive discussions considered: our service to one another within the life of the Parish, and sustaining the financial well-being of the parish. This week's gatherings will lead to focused consideration of 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 4:30p.m.) Details are on the parish web-site and in Senior Warden Pat Daunic's letter mailed to parish households on August 29th. If you are unable to attend a HomeGathering of particular interest to you, please mark the return postcard accordingly or just send a note to me by replying to this letter.
Items for the Tag Sale are now spilling from their own room to every shelf in the Middle School room, and threatening to overwhelm the rectory garage! Nonetheless, the Tag Sale leadership continues to welcome additional contributions of household goods, clothes and furniture -- all in good condition, please! The great hauling up, sorting and set-up begins on Thursday at 3 p.m., and continues all day Friday (9 a.m. - 7 p.m. or until it's all done). Your help would be most welcome then and for the Tag Sale itself on Saturday, September 23, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Ervin via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do remember that the Tag Sale's goal is funding further enhancements of the Parish Hall to benefit both Christ Church and our larger community!
In faith and hope,
p.s. Because of my role as a judge of the floats in Saturday's Guilford Fair Parade, I won't be seated on the Rectory's front stoop. Look for me with the Rotary Club at the parade's conclusion.
On Saturday, or when you next walk by the Rectory, you will want to take note of the Guilford Preservation Alliance's historical plaque by the front door. There wasn't room to include my wondering if Candace had once lived in the 18th century portion of the rectory. You can read about Candace in an interesting article about Harriet Beecher Stowe's Guilford roots.
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