Happy New Year, Feast of the Epiphany, Soup’s On and more in the E-Newsletter for January 5, 2020 – Available in full online here.
Haga clic aquí para ver el mensaje de esta semana en español de nuestro misionero latino, Luis Valencia.
From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
I hope that this e-newsletter finds you well, happy, and enjoying this Ninth Day of Christmas.
Bethany, Lucy, and I have enjoyed some extra time off together during the holidays. That time to relax, be present with family, and enjoy the gift of one another is tremendously precious. We cherished our time with family and friends and I hope that your past several days have offered ample opportunity to rest and enjoy the blessings of your life.
Today, however, I'm excited to be back in the office and start work in the New Year. There is much going on as we move through these final days of Christmastide and look towards this first month of 2020.
At the end of Christmastide we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on Monday, January 6, with a Solemn Eucharist (sung with incense) at 6:00pm. According to custom, following the service we will all celebrate with King's Cake. If you got the baby Jesus in your piece of cake last year, please email me so I can know you are planning on preparing the King's Cake for this year. Otherwise, I will do it. 🙂
Our Sacred Grounds gatherings continue on the second Monday of each month, this month being on January 13 at 5:30pm. We’ll be exploring "Whose Land? More Layers: Exploring Latino History" – How Latinos often live in an in-between space, as many are descendants of the Spanish and the Portuguese, of the many diverse Indigenous peoples in what we now call South and Central America and the Spanish Caribbean, and of Africans who were enslaved in these regions in even greater numbers than in North America. If you haven't been a part of our monthly gatherings as we move through this series put out by the Episcopal Church, please feel free to email me and I'll let you know what to read to prepare for this next session.
We will continue our tradition of hosting a Let Freedom Ring: A Day of Readings on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Monday, January 20. You can sign up at the Parish Information Table to read for a 30 minute slot as we will have King's sermons and other writings read continually from the pulpit from 9am-5pm.
And, of courses, the Parish Office is hard at work preparing for the 154th Annual Meeting of the Parish, scheduled for 11:30am on Sunday, January 26. I'm particularly looking forward to the conversation surrounding the new Mission, Vision, and Plan for the future of St. John's. It will be released, along with other Annual Meeting Packet items, on Thursday, January 9. If you are a Ministry Leader or Commission Chair, please remember to have your report submitted to Cindi no later than Monday, January 6!
I look forward to a new year of ministry with you, as we take the fruits of our Spiritual Quest and live into a new sense of mission and vision.