I hope everyone has had a restful and quiet week. No worries about upcoming Bazaars or Bluegrass Festivals should have kept any of us awake this past week, so I'm hoping everyone is getting back to normal with just the usual routine things to worry about. Looking back, I would have to say that this past October was really one for the books at St. Mary's! Who would have anticipated that our Bazaar would run for two weeks? But looking at the results, that particular decision certainly worked to our advantage with a very nice payoff for an extraordinary amount of hard work by many, many people. Once again, my sincere thanks to Sandy Bedard and Gail Voorhes for chairing this annual event. Your efforts cannot be applauded enough. Everyone involved in any way with the Bazaar really went above & beyond in all the effort that was put forth to make this year's sale such an huge success. On behalf of St. Mary's, my thanks to all of you. Your contribution is a huge part of our ability to remain financially viable, and it is a wonderful example of how many hands, working together, create a successful church.
The 9th Annual Bluegrass Festival has come and gone. We met last evening to "debrief" and talk about how we thought things went, and what we want to do in the future. As our faithful leader, Rob Lewallen, asked, "Did you all have fun?" The response was unanimous-we did! And according to the feedback we received from guests, bands, and other participants, everyone else did too. While we don't have a final financial picture, we think we at least managed to break even. We know that we "over bought & undersold"! But these are lessons learned from any undertaking the first time around. A lot of things are now in place and won't have to be done again, and since the committee really feels like we would like to do this again next year, much of the basic groundwork has already been completed to make that happen. Many thanks are in order for all of the work that the committee did, as well as all of the help provided by the volunteers. We heard many comments about how organized everything seemed to be, and while we certainly experienced a few glitches along the way, we've learned from our missteps, and we know what we need to do to make things better. It was a great day, we all did have a lot of fun, and we hope you did too. Thank you so much for all you did to make this event a success and to help put St. Mary's on the map!
The B.C. did not meet in October due to so many other things going on, so I would like to meet a week early in November on the second Tuesday which I think is November 13th. We'll meet at 6 pm, our usual time, so please let me know if this doesn't work for you or you can't be there.
PASTORAL COUNSELING SERVICES
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
16275 Pomorado Road
Poway, California 92064
Office Phone: 858-487-2159
Pastoral Counseling is provided as follows:
Thursdays - 10:00 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m.
Dawn Stary M.A.
Pastoral Care & Counseling
SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
Choir rehearsals start : Wednesday, November 7! This will give us 5 rehearsals to sing an Advent anthem on Sunday, December 16th and 6 rehearsals to sing 2 anthems on Christmas Eve, December 24th second service.
Please let me know:
If you'd absolutely love to sing and commit the time to attend every rehearsal
If you'd absolutely be willing to be a part of the Pageant at the early service on Christmas Eve
If you're absolutely willing to do both of these (those participating in both Christmas Eve services will be provided for sustenance between the two)
We absolutely need altos, tenors and basses
A lot of absolutes, but I can guarantee that you'll absolutely love being a part of the liturgy of the church and giving the gift of music to the congregation.
Cheers to you all - Pamela Wade (760.789.5234)
Women of St. Mary's
Back in the early 2000's the WOSM added what I coined as a Boutique in order to make a bit more money on some of our newer and higher quality items. Back in 2005 we earned a whopping $7000. and in 2006 we did our best ever making $9000. in part due to Fr. Larry donating his mother's entire household, and Fr. Leland being kind enough to allow us to store items everywhere, even along the church walls! From then on the average sales have been between $5000. and $6000. So for us to once again reach an amount well over $8000. is fantastic!! I am so proud of all of us and grateful too for everyone's help whether it was sorting moving, organizing, pricing, baking, making soup, donating or buying, our little church pulled together to make our 24th Annual Sale one of the best ever!
Thank you once again!
Our beautiful calendars are here! Gail has 30 calendars at $10.00 ea. First come first serve!