The BC met last night with Rob Lewallen to discuss some ideas for future fundraisers to benefit St. Mary's. One positive suggestion was a possible return of a coffeehouse type of venue. Sort of an open mic kind of evening, held in the sanctuary, with music or performers offering up their talents. We could have a small cover charge and sell light refreshments. This was done in the past at St. Mary's with a good deal of success and it seems like it might be a good time to try it again, perhaps during the winter months.
As you know, fundraising is going to be a major part of our budget efforts in future months, and it cannot rest on the shoulders of just a few people in the congregation. We all love our church and if we want to keep going and be successful, then it's up to us to step up and be a part of something a little bit bigger than what we might be used to doing.
The fall months bring our annual bazaar, and that's not going away. We rely on the funds that the bazaar brings in. A lot of sweat and hard work by a lot of people help to make the bazaar a success each year. We'll be asking for that effort again this year. In addition, the BC voted last night to sponsor a Bluegrass Festival in late October. It will be held on a Saturday, on our grounds, and with Rob Lewallen's help and guidance, we feel that we can make this happen. But we can't do it alone. We will need a lot of help. Your spirit, your prayers, your enthusiasm, and your love for St. Mary's will help us make this festival a success. Stay tuned for further details, we will be talking about this a lot, and we're determined that this is just the beginning!
Quiche Day is June 16th! Be ready to help us make this a really successful day where we bring our delicious quiches to Ramona and beyond!
Marisa let me know that the Century Bike Ride will not be stopping at St. Mary's this year. Apparently they have a new director and the route has been changed! We'll miss the opportunity to provide a respite for all of the hardy riders who met this physical challenge every year.
SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
A MESSAGE FROM OUR MUSIC COORDINATOR
It is with sadness that I must resign from my position at Music Coordinator and Keyboardist. Our Senior Warden Connie Bley announced this news on my behalf on May 6, but it is appropriate for me to write a few words to the congregation.
As a non-American citizen working toward my PhD in Music, I am legally allowed by the US government to work for one year before or after I finish my degree. This work permission and my visa will expire in the summer. My family and I must leave the country, or else we will be considered as illegal immigrants. If I wish to stay and work in this country, my employer must demonstrate that the job cannot be performed by any other American individual, and have the financial and legal resources to file a lengthy, time-consuming application on my behalf. This is too much to ask of for my other part-time position at UC San Diego, and definitely so for a part-time position at St. Mary's. When I took the position at St. Mary's last year, I was hopeful of getting a job somewhere in the US that will sponsor a working visa for me. But it seems that God - as she always does - have other plans.
You all have been extremely welcoming and sweet to me. My wife Cherry loves the family vibe of this special place. Trevor felt free roaming around the sanctuary. I have enjoyed every moment here and learned a lot from all of you. I cannot tell you how sad I was when I realized I must leave St. Mary's. Some of you knew something's "wrong" with me on the Sunday before Connie made the announcement of my resignation. This tells me how much I am being loved and cared for in this community, something that I doubt I will find elsewhere in this world.
I will be with you on all Sundays until 17 June. At the meantime, I will be preparing a new songbook for St. Mary's and assisting in the effort to hire a new Music Director/Coordinator and Keyboardist.