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Models for Growth and Change

Last week I attended the College of Congregational Development at a beautiful retreat center on one of the finger lakes. The College trains priests and lay persons in a variety of methods in conflict management, organizational development, and models for growth and change. I met wonderful clergy from the Dioceses of Central New York, and Rochester. I had opportunity to walk with new friends, and look forward to next year’s training. The College consists of two week-long sessions, three projects to do at home, and lots of reading. I am currently in my first of many books I will need to read over the next year. I am excited about what I learned. My first project will be a sermon series beginning in September. But before that, I will take vacation from August 9 – September 2.

I know our STEP groups are meeting with their counterparts at Epiphany as they have time. I am curious to know what they discover, both about St. Thomas’, and about Epiphany. This Sunday, August 4, we will have a town hall meeting in which you will have lots of opportunity to give input into this process of exploring partnership. I hope you come, and I hope you let yourself be heard.

On August 11, parishioners from Epiphany will join us here at St. Thomas’ for worship at 9:30. On the following Sunday, the 18th, we will attend at Epiphany. Times of the services at Epiphany are at 8:00, for a quiet service inside Epiphany’s church, and 10:00 for a casual service outside, followed by a barbecue and pool party – the pool is next door, at a parishioner’s house.

This Week at St. Thomas

Thursday: 1:00 pm, Wardens’ meeting
Friday: 7:00 pm AA
Saturday: 3:00 pm Crab Feast
Sunday: 9:30 am Worship
Sunday: 10:30 am Forum
Tuesday: National Night OUT begins at 6:00. This year, there are LOTS of food choices, including our favorite hot dog man, Baltimore Crab Company, Brick Oven Pizza, and Kona ICE. There are over 60 vendors, and activities for children, including a miniature water park. Don’t miss this fun event.

In Closing

Loving God,
as we seek to know and follow you more faithfully,
we pray you will open and fill our hearts with the love
and knowledge of your Son, Jesus.
May we see ever more clearly what it is you call us to,
and may we respond with lives of joy and justice.
– from Daily Prayer for All Seasons –