On Tuesday, exactly one year ago, I first celebrated Eucharist at St. Mary’s. A year later, I am still so delighted and grateful that I get to be a part of this fantastic community. While I admit that I did not foresee the Pandemic turn of events, I will say that people’s response, patience and kindness during these trying times have affirmed what I hoped when I first arrived – the people of St. Mary’s are kind, faithful and service-minded. This is a congregation that takes their call to live out the gospel seriously, and I am truly blessed to be with you all.
This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday, and it is the last week that we will be joining the Diocese for worship. While the Diocese will continue to offer online worship throughout the summer, starting June 14, we will be streaming our own service from St. Mary’s church. This will be five people wearing masks and keeping their social distance, but it will have more familiar faces and our beautiful church as the location. If you are willing to sign up to read the lessons and lead the Prayers of the People during this modified service, please contact Lynn. Do note that all participants will have to wear a face mask, and if you don’t have one, we can provide you with one.
This does mean that our last 5 p.m. service will be this Sunday, as going forward we will offer a fuller service in the morning.
Your Vestry met on Wednesday to discuss what church services will look like once we meet the benchmarks for Phase 1 of reopening. The Bishop has been clear that these are the guidelines we will be sticking to, and has also closed any in person services until July 5. I’ve had several people ask me about outdoor service, and Bishop has made it clear that the same guidelines will hold for both outside and inside services, in terms of number of people, masks and disinfecting procedures. Please stay tuned for more information from the Vestry.
Finally, mark your calendars, our next Adopt a Highway cleanup will be August 22! We did such an amazing job in May, picking up a record amount of trash, and I am sure we can do just as well again. We will meet at the old Park N Ride off Delafield Road, just south of Aurora Summit Hospital. It was a lot of fun in May, as well as being quite satisfying to see all the trash picked up and consolidated. I hope you will join us!
Prayers and blessings,
Adult Education at 9 a.m. (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81990899140)
Diocesan Worship at 10 a.m. (https://www.facebook.com/DioceseOfMilwaukee/)
Youtube link TBD
Coffee Hour at 11 a.m. (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81563748721)
Evening Prayer/Sermon at 5 p.m. (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85710282456)
Contemplative Prayer at 4 p.m. (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87955779809)
Morning Prayer and Book Group at 9 a.m. (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83112265477)