Hello Old Donation,
It has been a hard few days in Virginia Beach. One of the women who died in the shooting on Friday was the mother of three young girls, one of whom is in Kindergarten with Levi at Pembroke Meadows Elementary, the school that shares a border with our church. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, though I know that many of you have. And many of you also know the other victims, and survivors, of Friday's massacre.
Our city has been shaken, but we-like the countless other communities that have faced the same senseless violence-are proving that love is stronger than hate. Father Bob's sermon (click
to view) from Sunday offers a beautiful message of strength and unity in the face of this grief. Our call as people of faith, people of God, is to truly see, know, and love one another, to share our lives with each other, to not hide our bad days and to rejoice in our good ones. Above all, we have to stay connected. We are part of one body, one world.
Tonight, we have an opportunity to come together as a community, not in grief this time, but in celebration:
our long-anticipated building project is just months away from beginning, and we want to update you on what we'll be doing and how you can help us achieve the best of our dreams! That meeting will be from 6-7pm, followed directly by our Vestry Commission Meetings. There will be no Holy Eucharist this week; instead, come directly to the Parish Hall for the Building Update meeting. Childcare for the evening will be provided in the nursery.
Sunday will be a big day! It is Pentecost, so pull that
red out of your closets and put it on for church. Remember, our Gospel will be read simultaneously in multiple languages, just as happened on the first Pentecost event described in Acts 2. We'll also be recognizing all of our grads during each service, and our Rite 13 class will be recognized during the Gathering service. Our EfM class has one graduate this year-Sally Dudley-who will be celebrated and prayed for during the 5:00 service. Finally, this will be Fred and Mary Poteet's last Sunday with us before leaving for Colorado for a few months, and we'll join in saying prayers for them.
Our week and weekend is packed full-please join us as much as you can, and remember to live fully into this community we've created together. No joy is too great and no grief is too deep; we walk in this life together.