Life at St. Mary’s continues to be busy and vibrant. On Saturday we welcome Chaplain Mejchar to speak with us about programs she’s started at Fox Lake Correctional, including a Forgiveness Group, Mindful Living, and Restorative Justice. Chaplain Mejchar will also be sharing her story which includes, at one time, being an inmate at Taycheedah Correctional Institution for 6 years, and subsequently receiving a Governor's Pardon for all the good work she has accomplished since that time. If you did not sign up to come, please feel free to join us Saturday at 9:30 a.m. anyway.
I want to thank everyone who has responded to the Adult Formation survey (36 so far!). Sunday will be the last day that we are collecting responses. You can fill out the survey in the Parish Hall (they are blue on the table opposite the church) or online by clicking: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/69PNHF2
We are getting ready to form our Dinner with Friends and Strangers groups, so if you are interested, please contact me or sign up by the Events bulletin board. This is a great way to get to know people over a meal that will happen about four times a year.
As I mentioned on Sunday, we are in the midst of our Stewardship Season. While I think many are familiar with the parable of the lamp – most choose to place it on the lamp stand rather than hide it under a basket – I wonder if we realize how often we hide our own light away in the name of diffidence or modesty. You are created in the image of God, and you are called by God to join in the divine ministry and plan. You are capable, you are cherished and you are chosen. God loves you as you are, don’t let less knowledgeable judges tell you otherwise.
Stewardship is caring for all God has given to us, which includes our very selves. Care for yourself as if you were entrusted with that duty by God, because you were. Care for those in your life, for your friends, family, co-workers, community and the stranger you see as if they were given into your care by God, because they might be. Care for others and let others care for you, and together we will care for the world God has made and called “very good.”
Prayers and blessings,