August 2017  
Rector's Msg.

Galatians 6:9-10, So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give
up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

As we grow together as a church family, there is always the temptation to grow inward. As members of a congregation
we become familiar with each other, with our worship, and with our pace of life. We find our favorite spot to sit in
church, and the people we like to talk to in fellowship.

Yet, we can probably remember when everything seemed new or strange or different to us. This past weekend I had the
opportunity to officiate at services at St. James in Lincoln. And so, I say with some recent experience, that I know firsthand
how different the identity of a church can be, even when that church is of the same denomination as mine. And I’m
a priest!!!

There are any number of ways that we can communicate with visitors to our church. These range from making space for
newcomers in our pews and helping them with the Service Booklet or hymnal. We can invite them for hospitality and
engage them in conversation. Of course, every person is different, so it is also important to gauge our welcome to their
comfort level. A welcoming church is sensitive to the needs of its visitors, as well as its members

Our Senior Warden, Carol Scofield, is keenly interested in this ministry. The connect table in Buck Hall is one of the
parish growth projects she has promoted. While it is true that clergy needs to be involved, Carol believes that this should
be a ministry of all church members. She is seeking additional thoughts or ideas from parish members to enhance and
expand the welcoming ministry, as well as volunteers for the connect table and other activities.

And, don’t forget to wear those nametags!



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