“St John’s Acts” : The Rector’s Message for November

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It’s Halloween, and I feel like Linus in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin, only I’m just waiting for the first trick or treat-er. This could be a first in Cornwall—no one for Halloween.

However, I am confident that we will have people in church for Sunday’s visit by Suffragan Bishop Catherine Roskam. She will be at both the 9:00 and 10:45 services. At 10:45, 8 of our best will be confirmed. Confirmation is an important sacrament because it provides the opportunity for young people to take responsibility for their faith lives and the ministries they will have as young adults.

Success! One young lady just came to the door and in costume. Our record remains intact.

After much hard work in planning and preparation, our Stewardship Committee has launched our annual giving campaign. With the support of our Vestry we are following the process that proved so successful during our Capital Campaign. We are having a series of get-togethers beginning with “Tea with Bea,” a reprise of Bea Demer’s wonderfully hosted gathering during the Capital Campaign. This will be on November 9th, and we hope that many will come to enjoy her hospitality. Members of the Stewardship Committee will be prepared to answer questions and give those who would like to make their annual giving commitment then an opportunity to do so. Even if you are still in consideration or have already committed, please plan to come if this event appeals. Elsewhere in the ACTS is a complete listing of the events as well as our ingathering of items to help those in need.

I know many in the parish truly enjoyed Ken Corneille’s music ministry with us and were sorry to learn he had left. It was a hard decision but one in which he had to weigh his family’s financial security against the positive things we were accomplishing together. I wish him well even as I work with our search committee to bring in another wonderfully talented person to share our love of music.

For those who may not have learned it already, Marianne’s mother, Vera, has been admitted to the Hospice program. She has a failing heart valve. However, her outlook is good; her faith is strong, and she’s still calling to remind people of their worship ministries. She will be remaining at the Rectory with in-home visits by a nurse and medical equipment as needed. She has been receiving oxygen which has already helped her with her energy level and sharpness of mind. Her children and many of the grandchildren have been able to visit with her. Last Sunday her newest great-grandson visited. She enjoys visits and phone calls. Keep her in your prayers.

Well that’s about it. See you at church and doing God’s work hereabouts.

Blessings, Fr. Tom