Week of June 20, 2021
The Salvation Army sent us a thank you note for the donations we gave them last month. The donated items are very gratefully appreciated by the families and children they service throughout the summer months. The program not only provides food for nourishment but also spiritual nourishment. They thank us for our generous donation and thoughtfulness!
June 28 Deadline for Grad Pictures
I would like to recognize all St. Thomas students who are graduating this June in the July issue of the TALES; those moving from Middle School, High School and College. If your student is making one of these steps, please email a graduation picture and info to email@example.com no later than Monday, June 28. Please let me know if you have any questions. ~ Pam Kasper
Parish Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers this week … Adam & Monica, Addison, Alyssa, Andi & Rick, Arthur, Barbara, Bill B, Bobbie, CC and Tom, Carol (Lisa C’s mom), Charlotte, Chris G, Dan, Daniel, David, Dee, Dennis, Edie, Gary H, Jacquie, Jeannie M, John, Judy L, Karen, Kayla, Kathy A, Kathy & Tim, Ken, Leslie B, Linda S, Mary, Mary & Peter K, Mike, Mike B, Mike G, Mike V, Nancy, Nancy S, Nathan, Neil, Norb, Richard, Rick R, Rob C, Robert, Ruth, Salvado, Steven, and Suzy. Please pray for all who are ill with COVID-19, for their loved ones, and for all who are treating them.
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Tuesday – June 22
8:00am—Morning Prayer (Zoom)
1:30pm—Fr. Scott Priest Group Meeting
Wednesday – June 23
Noon—Eucharist in church
6:00pm—Evening Prayer (Zoom)
Thursday – June 24
Noon Prayer (Zoom)
Saturday — June 26
10:00am—Special Convention: Election of Provisional Bishop (Zoom)
Sunday – June 27
11:00am—Coffee Hour (Zoom)
June 26 — Sally G.
June 22 — Bruce & Bobbie M.
Letter from Father Scott
By now, you have received a letter from me indicating that on July 1, I will be starting a new position, working out of the Office of the Bishop. The title of this new position is “Canon for Ministries”.
You may be wondering, “What the heck is a canon?” That is a good question! I wasn’t so sure myself. A canon is someone, ordained or lay, who is given a special responsibility or task in the church, associated with diocesan ministry. I plan to continue to be “Fr. Scott”, both here and throughout the diocese.
You may be wondering, “What will this new job involve?” I will be working with our bishop to assist the congregations and clergy throughout the diocese. Some of our parishes need to fill a clergy vacancy. Some of our congregations are struggling a great deal, and in different ways. Our clergy, both priests and deacons, could use some pastoral care, opportunities for prayer and reflection and maybe some advice. Our new bishop will need advice and input from time to time and he sees me as someone who can help him with that. Some of this work will be a type of “shepherding”, some may involve hard conversations, and some will be more administrative in nature.
You may be wondering, “Did Fr. Scott apply for this job?”, and the answer would be no. The bishop called me and asked me to take on this role. When I was ordained I took a vow of obedience, and part of what that means is that when the bishop asks me to consider something I need to be open to the notion that the Holy Spirit may well be involved in such a conversation. After he asked me about this, I felt called to respond affirmatively.
Starting on July 1, I will go from full- to part-time here at St. Thomas of Canterbury and then be part-time with the Diocese. As I write this column, I am starting to think about what being your part-time Rector will look like, and how we can accomplish the mission and ministry of this parish. Already some of you are coming forward with good ideas and suggestions.
In October, I’ll call for a meeting with the vestry to discern if the 50/50 arrangement between St. Thomas and the diocese is working. It will need to work for you as well as for me. I am being cautioned against just working two full-time jobs. I will not do that. I promise that I’ll try to handle both positions, and I think that by October, if not sooner, we’ll know if it’s workable for the foreseeable future.
Thank you for your well-wishes, and for sharing your feelings of sadness about the changes that this will bring. All are true and genuine reactions, and I am grateful.
God’s peace to you and many blessings,