It was lovely to have so many people in church on Sunday and how encouraging to have that youth group visit from the valley? In briefly talking to their pastor, I was pleased to hear that he found everyone to be very welcoming and kind. This attitude, combined with a gentle, non-overbearing spirit is so important when we have visitors. Thank you to everyone for striving to be this way.
This coming Sunday is our annual meeting; please make every attempt to be here. We will be electing two new members to the vestry, nominating two delegates for the Diocese of the West Synod, and touching up a couple of bylaws so that they are compliant with the Diocesan Canons and make a little more sense for our church context.
Vestry members - please plan on staying after the annual meeting to elect a secretary, treasurer, and junior warden.
Calendars are here!
My apologies for the delay in the delivery of the liturgical calendars. The mailing label got pulled off in shipping, so the post office sent them back to the provider's post office, but the local post office never returned them. Needless to say, it was a bit frustrating for all involved, but they are here now and will be available Sunday.
Morning Prayer and Office Hours
I will be traveling to Florida for the APA's annual winter clergy conference in Palatka, Florida next Wednesday, January 24th and return Friday, January 26th. The office will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, and there will be no Morning Prayer on those days.
Thank you to Fr. Crites, who has agreed to lead Evening Prayer on Wednesday.
February 2nd is The Presentation of Christ at the Temple, commonly called the purification of St. Mary the Virgin, or Candlemas is February 2nd. We will have Holy Communion at 6 PM.
The beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th this year. I am planning on offering two services, one at 6 pm which will be Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes. I would like to provide one in the morning as well for those who don't drive at night. I am open to feedback as to what time would be best, please let me know, and I will consider your comments and figure out the best time for this. At the moment, I was thinking of doing it at 8:30, but if this is impractical, please let me know.
Someone asked me this past week what evangelical means. This word has, unfortunately, become fraught with controversy over the past few years and so it's important to understand what we mean by it in the Anglican context.
The short answer to this is that Evangelical Anglicans take the study of scripture very seriously, believing that the Bible contains all things necessary for salvation. As such we strive to mark, read, and allow the Holy Word of God to be our source of life and to guide in all we do. Additionally, we take seriously Christ’s call to make disciples, starting first within our community, equipping our fellow Christians to live out the Gospel in all aspects of their life and equipping them to go into the world to make disciples of all nations.
This is, of course, an overly simple explanation and all classical Anglicans strive to do this. However, at times, I do think that it is important to emphasize the evangelical aspect of Anglicanism.
Thank you to everyone for all your hard working in service to our church. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church