We are all continuing to move through this time of Covid-19 as best we can by caring for one another. I wanted to update you on two things.
First, you may recall that we restarted the Iona service back in July. Unfortunately, there has not been much attendance at this service aside from the musicians and clergy. Please know that we remain committed to this service, however we are going to put in onto temporary hiatus until September 19 and the resumption of full Christian Formation programming. Hopefully, as we return to the program years, more of our young families will return.
Second, as you may know, during Covid-19, our nursery worker Nancy moved away and left her position. We have not yet hired a successor, but we hope to do so after the pandemic abates. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Finally, I want to ask your help for a project I am working on for our parish. These last 18 months have been quite a ride, which has been largely unpredictable. Understandably, there is a natural desire for things to go back to the way they were. To be sure, this is not happening as quickly as many of us would like. Yet, I also believe we did not come through this time to gain nothing. In the fourth chapter of the book Joshua, the Israelites erect twelve stones to mark their journey out of Egypt and into the promise land. It was a way not only to memorialize what they had been through but also, hopefully, to remember the lessons learned through the experience. In a similar way, I would like to ask you to help me remember and mark this time of pandemic: not by placing twelve stones somewhere on the property, but rather in prayerfully considering these questions and sharing your response with me. My hope is to use them to put together a booklet to include all of our reflections. Here are the questions:
1) What was the biggest lesson you learned from this time or pandemic?
2) Where was God most present for you?
3) What are you most thankful for?
4) What will you hold onto?
5) What do you wish you had done differently?
Feel free to answer any or all of these questions in couple of sentences and email your responses to me by September 30th.
Please keep me in your prayers and know that you are daily in mine.