This Week at St. Stephen’s–January 11, 2015

STARTING THINGS UP AGAIN

Jan 11Starting things up again after the Christmas break is always a little daunting: it requires more energy than we actually have. But really, we cannot afford to extend our rest any further into the new year because many things now press upon us as life moves on here at St. Stephen’s.

The recent break-ins at the church over the holidays have given us a long and expensive “To Do” list as we work to make our buildings more secure. Keyless entries, video cameras and programmable access to the elevator are on the list, even as we take precautionary short-term measures such as re-keying the existing locks … for the third time in recent weeks!

Our bishop, the Right Reverend Greg Kerr-Wilson, will be joining us at next week’s Parish Council meeting for a conversation about same-sex blessings. We are seeking clarity about what he will and will not support of this ministry that lies so close to our hearts here at St. Stephen’s.

Then there are all the preparations for the upcoming Annual meeting, which include a budget for the coming year and nominations to fill various leadership positions in the church.

And not so far off, Lent is on its way with a study group planned on “Living a Meaningful Faith”. We will be using Thomas Moore’s recent book, “A Religion of One’s Own” as a guide.

So we’re putting away the chocolates, heading back to the gym, and preparing ourselves for a full, active and faithful winter season.

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