Rev. Susan & PatI write this as I sit in my new recliner gifted to me by Susan and Jim Taylor as they make their move from the St. John’s Rectory to their new home in Maine. Susan’s held her last service, where we celebrated the Transfiguration of Jesus, during which God said of Jesus, “This is my Son, or whom I am well pleased, listen to him.” We all wish them the best as they embark on their new journey.

In the meantime, we here at St. John’s also are heading on a new journey, one of reflection and self-discovery. We have an opportunity to” “listen to Jesus” by remembering his lessons of loving everyone and treating all people with love and respect. We are entering the season of Lent where we can look into ourselves and discern just what it is we want in a new spiritual leader and what our roles are going to be in that process. The Vestry hopes to get the participation of the entire Parish in this endeavor.

I have not yet heard from the Diocese about our process. The Canon is currently recovering from hip replacement surgery so I am sure, as soon as she is able, we will hear from Rock Point and I will let you know in what direction we are heading. I personally am not a “missioning and visioning” person and will leave that to the people who enjoy parsing paragraphs more than I do!

Final service: Transfiguration Sunday

Rev. Bob Stuhlmann will be with us for Ash Wednesday. Morning Prayer will be held on Sunday, March 5th led by Mickie Richardson with a Steve Eubanks sermon and every 1st Sunday of the month thereafter until we have a new rector or as long as it’s my responsibility to have someone in the pulpit on a weekly basis.  Rev. Bob will finish out the Sundays in March and will celebrate our Holy Thursday service.

Next Sunday we will also have an opportunity for a Free Will Offering during Coffee Hour to give Neil Richardson extra funds to take with him to Zimbabwe to give to the Church of the Ascension. The governmental situation and the poverty of the people is dire. This is money that will go to the parish to be used to directly assist the people there without any intervention from governmental authorities or NGOs. It is truly “direct aid” to Africa!

I wish you all a very healthy and peaceful March. Please feel free to email or call me with questions or concerns.

Mary O’Brien
mobrienvt(at)hotmail.com
802 728-5180