Grace and peace. I hope that everyone will begin the new program year with us this Sunday at 10am. The service will include the blessing of the backpacks and briefcases. After the service, we will enjoy a moonbounce and a cookout. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, but most especially be there. There will be opportunities to sign up for different ministries. Sign up online today.
This year, we will have one primary service on Sunday mornings at 10am. On September 16, we will begin additional classes on Sunday morning. I will be offering a 6-week Discovery Class at 9am for those interested in learning more about Christianity and the Episcopal Church and at 11:15 will offer a 4-week class on the book Enough by Adam Hamilton where we will explore how simplicity and generosity help us live a life of quality.
We have a new pastoral care committee that is organizing opportunities for our parishioners to help each other with transportation, home visits, food preparation, and prayer. They hope that you will join them in this important effort of building community and caring for each other. If you are willing to participate in this important ministry, please complete this survey.
Last week, I noted a few upcoming opportunities. I hope that you will take advantage of them as they will help you grow in love and grace.
A National Conversation on Civility sponsored by the American Psychological Association and the National Institute for Civil Discourse. The conversation will be held at the Jack Morton Stage at the George Washington University on September 26 from 7-9pm. If you are able to go, please register online.
The Hope at the End Conference is September 29 from 9:30am-1:30pm at the Bible Museum. The Hope at the End Conference is the culmination of years of work by parishioner Mona Hanford on how to conclude life with dignity. St. Patrick’s has a table with 3 seats remaining. Seats are $50 (includes lunch). Please let me know if you are interested in joining our table.
I look forward to a wonderful new year of programming at St. Patrick’s.