Advent is a season of waiting, a season where we embrace waiting. We wait and we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas – the coming of God here with us, Emmanuel. In this season we also look forwards to a future that is not consummated, where Christ’s reign of peace, justice and harmony will be complete over all of creation. We wait for that promise, too. In Advent we join with saints of ages past who have waited with hope for Christ’s coming again.
Ironically, the waiting we become aware of in Advent draws us to the here and now of our life on earth. We are always living in “in-between” times, between “Christ has Died, Christ is Risen and Christ will Come Again.” We also live between the events of our own lives. Waiting is not just filler; it is the place where we spend our lives. In embracing the wait, we begin to glimpse that the signs and wonder of God are right here, right now.
What are you waiting for? Maybe it’s a new job or career, the renewal of a relationship with an estranged family member or friend, or the results of a test, or a treatment to take effect, or to get pregnant, or to have a child, or for your children to be a little bit older, or your career to take a turn, or for the economy to turn around, or to retire, or to finally feel comfortable in the life you now lead.
Advent is a season to pray for what it you are waiting for – to live into the questions and the promise of what is not yet. Take time out of this busy season to pause and reflect on what you are waiting for. There are many ways to pray, reflect and take time out at St. Paul’s during this ever so busy time of year.
Expanded Role for Erin Morey
Erin began working at St. Paul’s in fall 2016 as the Director of Communications for 20 hours a week. The Vestry has approved moving her from 20 to 30 hours a week, and I have changed her title to “Director of Communications and Community Engagement.” With her additional time she will be supporting the work of our Outreach Commission and our other outreach efforts, support the Adult Ed Committee and assisting Garrett and me in coordinating Adult Education offerings and also supporting my work connecting St. Paul’s to other faith communities and the wider community. All of of her additional work will be supporting St. Paul’s in achieving the strategic goals set in the calling me to be your Rector.
Thank you so much to everyone who has made a financial commitment to St. Paul's for 2018. As of November 30th, we've received 209 pledges totaling $619,138.20. In 2017, after our special spring campaign, we had 225 pledges for $621,419. Our Vestry and Stewardship Committee has begun following up with those who have not yet pledged. Our Vestry has begun work on the 2018 St. Paul’s budget, based on the feedback from many ministry groups. We hope to pass the budget at our December meeting. If you have not yet pledged, please prayerfully consider doing so - pledging allows the vestry to plan for the year ahead. You can pledge from our website, or with a pledge card at church.
Blessing to you and your family as we begin this walk through Advent toward our celebrations of Christmas.
The Reverend Noah H. Evans, Rector