Dear Friends,  

At last Sunday's Annual Meeting I spoke to the Vestry's continuing desire and work for closer relationships and accessibility of our ministries, both for those who are new and for those who have long been for years. Then a few of you spoke up right on the spot with  great idea for doing just that! ...A renewed Parish Directory!

The good news is that we have a mostly up-to-date directory (sans pictures) ready to go. Therefore, I'd like to ask that over the next two weeks you please be in touch with us if you are either, A: New (send contact info please), B: Recently moved (ditto), or C: Do not want your address/email/phone shared within the parish.   

After a couple of weeks, we'll integrate all the updates we receive, and we'll email a digital copy of the Parish Directory to everyone, as well as make printed copies available for pickup at the church on Sunday or through the week.  

Thanks for your robust input on this decidedly "Walking Together" type action! 


In Peace,

Reed 

Dear Friends,  

This Sunday is Annual Meeting. A time for looking back with curiosity and celebration at the year just past, and for peeking ahead at the year to come. For those who have been here a long time, it is easy to see it as "just one more" Annual Meeting. Of if you are brand new, perhaps you wonder whether it's "for you". I emphasize therefore this word curiosity.  

We live in the world of a God who is steady, but whose nature is always being more deeply revealed to us; unfolded for us. Perhaps a God whose mouth is perpetually quirking up at the corner, with the pleasure of the next holy gift to be slipped into our lives. Holy might mean joyful or challenging; peaceful, playful, arresting, or many other things, depending on our readiness for it. But certainly, to be close to such a God of revelation, we must always be peeking around the next corner, curious.

If you hear something at Annual Meeting that sends you on an imagination journey, or stirs a challenging question in your heart, or makes you want to shout "Amen!"...pay attention. And let your neighbor know. Perhaps the Spirit is slipping the next kernel of revelation in amongst us, through you. 


In Peace,

Reed 

Dear Friends,  

Today saw the passing of poet Mary Oliver. And in celebration of her life and witness to God's beauty and life's depth, I pass along my favorite of her poems. That is to say, the poem of hers with which I've spent the time to learn something.

"Rumi (for Coleman Banks)" 

When Rumi went into the tavern
I followed.
I heard a lot of crazy talk
and a lot of wise talk.

But the roses wouldn't grow in my hair.

When Rumi left the tavern
I followed.
I don't mean just to pick at
such a famous fellow.
Indeed he was rather ridiculous with his
long beard and his dusty feet.
But I heard less of the crazy talk and
a lot more of the wise talk and I was
hopeful enough to keep listening

until the day I found myself
transformed into an entire garden
of roses.

...In her words on Rumi, I hear the story of pursuit. Of hearing just enough of the "wise talk" to stick around for more. And of listening, long enough, to find the wisdom that was hidden at first.  

And so Rumi reminds me of Christian discipleship. Hearing enough of the wisdom of Jesus to follow him around, for another minute, for years, for a lifetime...slowly being transformed into an entire garden.  

And perhaps you hear something fully different! For that is the nature and gift of Mary's craft. So similar in that respect to the parables of Jesus. 

Thank you for your poetry and love, Mary. Blessed Mary Oliver, pray with us. 


In Peace,

Reed 

Notice of Annual Budget Review Meeting, Jan. 20th, 9-9:45 AM

Notice of the 216th Annual Meeting of the Parish, January 27th, immediately following our single 9 AM Holy Eucharist. 

Dear Friends,

In accordance with our bylaws, we post notice of and invite you to this year's Annual Meeting of the parish. We'll conduct the annual business of St. Andrew's, electing new members and officers to the Vestry, we'll celebrate our life this past year, and we'll have a peek ahead to 2019. Annual Meeting includes a Parish Luncheon as well! 

The Annual Report of the Parish will be sent to all ahead of the meeting.  

The Budget Review Meeting is a presentation of the 2019 Budget, as passed by the Vestry. It's an open forum for all to learn about this year's budget and ask questions. This allows spacious time for discussion of our financial resources for mission while helping keep Annual Meeting oriented toward our mission itself. All are welcome. 


In Peace,

Reed