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From the Rector 9/18

I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had this thought in the last week. Everywhere I turn, a new project has popped up or a new volunteer has volunteered or a new idea is percolating or a new room has been cleaned out or, or, or….. I hope you’re all very proud of yourselves! You are the church and what a church you are! Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for making my sabbatical, and yours, a wonderful and regenerative time. And thank you for making it so easy for me to be away. I take great delight in the many, many ways you took care of each other, took care of the church and the wider community.

I’m very excited to be back at St B and am looking forward to so many things, not the least of which is catching up with you! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be offering “20 Minute Catch Ups” so we can catch up! Four months is both a long and short time, and we all know how much things can change in that time… or not. Either way, I’ve missed you and would love to catch up, whether to hear important news or just to spend a little time together. We can catch up over zoom or meet in the church, your choice. Nothing noteworthy required, I just want to see you, hear from you, and know how you are. Meetings are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2pm – 4pm. If you cannot meet during that time, please email me and we’ll find another. Please sign up! Click here to sign up.

And finally, we’ve been talking (since about the time COVID hit) about strategic planning for St Barnabas. Your vestry will begin conversations in earnest about that at our upcoming meeting. If you have had strategic planning experience or are interested in participating on the planning team, please be in touch with senior warden Barbara Bolles, bainbridgebarb@gmail.com, or myself, revkaren@stbbi.org. When you contact us, please let us know what calls you to this good work and if you’d like, what gifts and skills you bring to the team. Strategic planning in a church is an administrative endeavor without doubt, but it will be a prayerful and deeply spiritual endeavor too! You don’t need to be on the planning team to participate or give input – there will be opportunities (which we hope you’ll avail yourselves of!) for the entire congregation to participate.

It is so good to be home and back in your company. May God richly bless you as you all bless me. Faithfully, Karen†

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