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Message from Rev. Kevin

Posted by communications on October 21, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

We are less than two weeks from Election Day. More than perhaps any election cycle in my lifetime, this one is fraught with fear, anxiety, anger, and divisiveness. There are various factors contributing to this, not least of which are the challenges posed by the pandemic. To echo Carmen’s very wise words in last week’s newsletter, as people of faith we absolutely have a role to play in our political system, beginning of course with voting according to the dictates of our consci...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by communications on October 14, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Let’s talk about faith and politics a bit.


Before you get too fidgety, let me be clear that I do not mean faith and partisanship. The Church is not meant to be a partisan institution. You can be a person of deep faith and lean left, lean right, or hang out somewhere in the middle like I often do. The Episcopal Church has long been a place where people with very different viewpoints can come together and find unity in common prayer rather than common beliefs or shared o...

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Message from La Escuelita San Alban

Posted by communications on October 7, 2020 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I recently placed an ad in search of a musical instrument for one of our Escuelita families. I described our ministry preschool and our close community. The offers flooded in. After picking it up and watching the huge grin that confirmed a young boy’s dreams, I reflected on the kindness of strangers.


La Escuelita San Alban Bilingual Preschool exists in large part due to the kindness of strangers in the form of donations and volunteering. We don't remain strangers long,...

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Message from Courtney Fossett

Posted by communications on October 1, 2020 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (1)

The feeling of Fall is finally here! Although in NC, that could change in a day! As I drove down the road today, I happily looked out the window at the leaves beginning to change and the feel and smell of the chill in the air makes my heart happy! There is nothing better than to put on your favorite jeans and sweatshirt and sit by a fire pit or fire. Something about Fall makes us stop and be thankful for our wonderful seasons that make the world God has given us seem even more special.

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by communications on September 23, 2020 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (8)

In one of the many tributes that was published last week, I read that on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s wall in her chambers at the Supreme Court, she displayed three Hebrew words in beautiful calligraphy: Tzedek, tzedek tirdof. The words translate as “Justice, justice, you shall pursue” and they come from the Bible, specifically Deuteronomy 16:20.


These days, justice often feels in short supply. We’ve now passed the 200,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths in t...

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Music Notes - September 2020

Posted by communications on September 16, 2020 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

So, 2020: What a year, huh? Recently I saw a post in which the writer said we should “just put up a tree, call it a year and be done with it”. I can relate to that feeling as I’m sure many of you can as well. There have been many challenges for all of us this year; stress and anxiety are all around; floods, fires and even an earthquake in North Carolina. In the midst of everything else friends, family and fellow citizens continue to die. It can feel overwhelming at times. Bu...

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Message from Rev. Kevin

Posted by communications on September 9, 2020 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A question that has been on my mind a lot in recent days is, “how does the Church continue to be the Church in this moment in our history?” For nearly six months now, we have been unable to gather for worship in our church building. This has been a challenging reality for those of us for whom “going to church” has always been an integral part of our lives. It has even become a source of tension among “church-going” folks, with some insisting that indoor, ...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by communications on September 2, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

September greetings! By the time you read this, (assuming the weather cooperates) we will have held our first in-person worship service since early March. My heart is humming with joy at the thought of celebrating Holy Eucharist with you after these long months of separation. Of course, it will not be the same as what we had before. Only 25 of us at a time are able to gather. We will break bread but keep our fast from the sharing the chalice. We won’t be able to see one another’s ...

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Message from La Escuelita San Alban

Posted by communications on August 26, 2020 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)

May I be happy

May I be peaceful

May I be healthy

May I be gracious and joyous

May I be free from suffering

 

These words were shared as a mantra by a favorite yoga instructor some years ago. They are certainly worthy goals and words perfect for bringing on a calm and meditative state. With the onset of the pandemic, it seemed a rather egocentric preoccupation. I realized I had been forced out of my comfort zone by something as mundane as the scarcity ...

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Message from Courtney Fossett

Posted by communications on August 19, 2020 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

August is here! I can’t believe it and with it comes high temperatures, end of summer, last vacations, earlier beginning of school, no Fall sports and many other things. The year of 2020 has certainly thrown us some curve balls thus far and August is not looking like any other one we have ever had! Our sense of normalcy has been thrown out the window and we see ourselves taking first day of school pictures without backpacks, not needing to catch the bus or even leave the house. Chil...

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