January 2014

Dear Parishioners:

First you are a blessing when we had to be homebound during the ice storm. Although it is probably a distant memory now, I want to thank you for responding as you did. Yes it was a very difficult decision to make to cancel Sunday Services, but you took it in stride and were excellent about your stewardship. Thank you for your understanding.

Second, you are a blessing for a wonderful celebration of my 30th Anniversary of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. Your love, your presence and your generosity are beyond words. My heartfelt gratitude, appreciation and love to each one of you for a wonderful celebration. Thank you also for your most generous gift. It is greatly appreciated. I would like to mention a few names although I know I will miss someone. My expressed gratitude to Randy Sparks who oversaw the arrangements for the celebration: to Susie and Don Wheaton for the floral arrangements and decorations in the Parish Hall; to our Flower Guild for the Sunday Floral arrangement; to Thomas, Michael and our choir for their beautiful music for the Evensong; to Julie and Britt Todd for the Bulletins; to Bob Yarger for his excellent photography; to our Vestry who provided for this special occasion to occur; to our Acolytes, Ushers, and Clergy who graciously joined in the celebration; to our Bishop for his presence and renewal of Ordination Vows; to those who loaned lamps and vases for the reception; to my staff for all their help and organization; and not least but to my family and my parish family who have been and continually are loving, supportive, and an inspiration to me despite all my faults. Thank you all from my heart.

Third, you were a blessing helping to make the celebration of the Incarnation of our Lord so beautiful and meaningful. Christmas is a very special time of year. We give thanks to God for the birth of his Son, our Lord and Savior and pray that his presence and grace will be with us. The love our God has for us is indescribable. It is a time of family and friends and the celebration of love come down. Thank you for all your ministry and help you have given to make it a special time of year.

January brings us the celebrations of the Epiphany, the manifestation of our Lord and the Baptism of our Lord. There will be no Christian Education as we will be having a brunch on January 5th in anticipation of the Epiphany. On the day of Epiphany, January 6th the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Church at 10 am. The Baptism of our Lord is on the 12th of January and it is a great time to look up your own Baptism date. Many of us were baptized as infants and don’t know when we were made new people in Christ. Look around in family Bibles or in one of those important paper boxes we all have. Since at this time we do not have any Baptisms scheduled, we will renew our own Baptismal Vows on this Sunday.

On January 26th is our Annual Parish Meeting. Please mark your calendars as we will have one service at 9 am followed by our Meeting in the Parish Hall. We have a great slate of candidates to be elected to the Vestry. The budget for 2014 will be presented as well as reports of the various ministries will be available. All parishioners in good standing and giver of record are eligible to vote. This is another good reason to get that pledge card in.

Again Thank You for all the Blessings you have been to me this past year. May you be blessed this New Year with God’s abundant love and mercy.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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