Grace and peace. I write to you after the conclusion of our annual meeting and the beginning of a new initiative that I preached about on Sunday. I wrote about this in the last Wednesday email. My goal is to develop multiple small groups that will unite us together in activities that stretch beyond Sunday morning, and will build lifelong relationships that will bring about the love and support of a 2nd family right here at St. Patrick’s. We know that building synergy through small groups is a powerful force. That is why we schedule our young people in team activities and appreciate classroom culture and organizations that bind us together in a common view on the world. We used to do that as adults, too, but there is a shift in our culture away from this way of being because we are told that we are autonomous and self-sufficient.
I contend that churches are small groups that formed to share their faith 2000 years ago and should be places where people build these kinds of relationships today. MaryAnn Griffin, our Community Life Coordinator, will be seeking your input about activities that you are interested in leading with a goal of unveiling opportunities in January. We have already had ideas like an excursion group, a Friday night pizza gathering for families with younger children, a book or creative writing club, and an evening or early morning Bible study. I hope that you will let MaryAnn know about your ideas by sending her an email.
This Sunday, we will be celebrating Episcopal Schools and specifically the ministry of our Day School at our 10:30am service (NO 9:00am Service). St. Patrick's opened its doors as a school in 1956 and that ministry has grown to span Nursery-Grade 8. It is one of the many ways that St. Patrick's makes a difference in our community. Please join us for this annual celebration which will include offerings from current Day School students.