A blessed and joyous new year to all of you! I trust that all are doing well. I know the new year can bring a wide range of emotion, and I pray yours is full of much happiness and hope for the coming year.
Here at the church, we have some exciting and important things coming along this month. Please be sure to mark your calendar.
This Sunday, January 7 we will begin an adult education course that I am, for now, entitling "This We Believe." We will be doing a general survey of the core beliefs of the church, studying some church history, and looking a little at the liturgical and sacramental life of our faith. I think it should be a good time of learning. This survey will run through to the end of Lent.
Please mark your calendar for January 21. We will have our parish meeting following our Sunday Service. We will be electing two vestry members, making an amendment to the bylaws, and electing delegates and an alternative to the diocesan Synod next fall.
The procedure at All Saints for filling vacancies of the Vestry is a little complex, and I will try to explain it as best I can. A nominating committee, selected by the vestry nominates a person for each opening. However, any voting member of the church is allowed to circulate a petition to nominate another member. If this option is used - there need to be three (3) signatures on the petition from voting members, and it must be submitted to myself, Ben (Senior Warden), or Rob (Junior Warden) no later than January 14th. I know this is complicated. The nominating committee has nominated two candidates for the two open positions, however, if you have questions, please do ask either warden or me. I will confirm these nominations and announce those candidates on Sunday.
We will also need to amend the membership requirements so that they comply with our diocesan canons. Once I have presented this amendment to the vestry, I will be sure to share it with the parish before our annual meeting.
Finally, please let me know if you are interested in being a lay delegate to the Diocesan Synod this Fall in Portland, OR. Per the canons of the diocese, we may have two lay delegates. Any voting member may be elected a representative. Ideally, I would like two unrelated people for this, but if we can't find that, a couple would be fine.
The much awaited new directories are out and will be available Sunday at the back of the church!
Please remember that we will have Holy Communion for Epiphany or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles on Saturday, January 6, at 6 pm. Epiphany is a major Holy Day and marks the end of Christmas. I know Saturday evening might be difficult for some folks, but I would encourage everyone who can to attend.
Old Testament and Psalm
Starting this Sunday, we will be including an Old Testament Lesson and Psalm in our Holy Communion service. The Old Testament is important because our faith draws so much from it, and the Psalm is important because they are ancient songs of worship which teach us how to cry out to God regardless of our life circumstances, whether we are filled with joy or crushed with heartache. I think these will be a good addition to our service.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church