I pray this week has treated you well, and you are staying cool enough as it seems that summer is now upon us.
This coming Sunday is Pentecost, commonly called Whitsunday. It is one of the significant feast days of the church, ranking with Christmas and Resurrection Sunday. As we gather together, we remember, celebrate, and give the giving of the Holy Spirit to the church. In the ancient church in England, it became common practice to baptize converts to Christ on Whitsunday, because by then it was warm enough that being immersed in water was not a dangerous act, as it was during the colder spring months. On this day, those who were to be baptized would wear white, and people started calling it "White-Sunday," or Whitsunday.
In many western, liturgical churches, it is common for people to wear red to church, to join with the liturgical color for the feasts concerning the Holy Spirit. With all that in mind, I invite everyone to wear red or white to church on Sunday.
Sunday we will continue with our same schedule for the next two Sundays:
8:00 am - Holy Communion - Masks required
10:00 am - Holy Communion - Masks recommended, streamed online
I wanted to remind everyone that Bishop Grundorf extended the Bishop's Lenten appeal to Trinity Sunday, which is June 7. If you would like to participate in this, you still have time! This year's appeal is to support two mission churches in Alabama.
You can find out more about the Lenten Appeal here:
There are two ways you can give - either bring in a check or cash that is clearly labeled for the Lenten Appeal or give online here:
Lastly, we are going to start undertaking some church beautification and grounds improvement projects. The first part of this is remodeling the kitchen, which some members and the vestry have fully funded. However, the flooring in the parish hall requires replacement. The vestry and I are meeting with a flooring company next week to discuss options. We are expecting this will be a reasonably pricey undertaking.
We would also like to do some work on the grounds behind the church and in front of the parish hall. Many of us have enjoyed being outside for fellowship, but this area needs some improvement. This project would give a good deal more room for gathering for much of the year. With that in mind, we've started a building fund, both for the upkeep of our property, which is now aging and for improvements like the ones I've listed. If anyone would like to contribute to that beyond the general tithes, we would be very grateful.
The last couple of Sundays have been very encouraging, and I hope and pray that the Lord continues to bless us, allowing us the gather together, and give him worship and praise.