School Days! School Days! Things are just a bit quieter around our town during the day, although before 8 a.m. and after 2:30 p.m., things are jumping and our kids make their presence known! I find fall to be an exciting time, filled with expectations of new adventures and new activities. here at St. Mary's that air of expectation is certainly in the wind. By now many of you have had the pleasure of meeting Father Phil and Karen. They joined us for worship the last two Sundays and are busy finding their way in Ramona and the Valley of the Sun! I don't know about the rest of you, but I can hardly wait for September to arrive and for Father Phil to become firmly entrenched in his new role as our vicar. I am certain he will bring his many gifts to St. Mary's in the valley, and he, along with Karen, will prove to be just the perfect fit for St. Mary's in the Valley. By the way, if you haven't taken time to complete the questionnaire that Father Phil sent out to everyone in his email, called the Vicar's Voice, please take the time to respond. He is anxious to get to know all of us, and this is a wonderfully easy way to introduce yourself and your family to him. If you don't have email, let us know and we will get you a hard copy so you can drop him a note. I'm getting ready to do mine today - this is our first assignment, so we want to get it right!
Reverend Kirby Smith from the diocesan office will be with us on Sunday as our last official supply clergy. It seems hard to believe that our Sunday routine of visiting supply clergy is actually at an end. We were fortunate to have had some very dedicated priests serve St. Mary's in our time of need for the past couple of years. We appreciate their time and faithfulness to our church, and the care and friendship they brought to all of the St. Mary's family. We may have a chance to see them in the future since even regular priests get to take vacation! But in the meantime, we will remember their service with appreciation and gratitude. As you know, we gifted Father Steve Schuneman with a Jerusalem cross on his last Sunday at St. Mary's. Because he, Father Peter Sickels, and Father Rei Castro, were the three main supply priests that we used, especially during the last year, I do want you to know that we will be also sending similar to Father Peter and Father Rei. A Vine Cross has been chosen for Father Peter, and a Corazon Cross for Father Rei. As soon as the Corazon Cross is received, both crosses will be mailed out along with notes of appreciation to both Father Peter and Father Rei thanking them for their faithful service to St. Mary's in the Valley and to all of us.
October will be here before we know it, and our two major fund raisers, the Bazaar and the Bluegrass Festival will be here. Help is needed for both projects, so please watch for announcements, ar6ticles both here and in the e-newsletter, all letting you know how you can participate or volunteer. These events need the help of all available hands in order for them to be successful. So please, join us in the effort to make this year's Bazaar and Bluegrass Festival even better than last year. You won't be sorry, I promise!
Thought for the week -
Let us not Love with Words or Speech but with Actions and in Truth. 1 John 3:18