Dear Brothers & Sisters in our Lord,
Last week, we touched upon compassion as it relates to recent events in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Las Vegas, Tennessee, and elsewhere around our nation and world. This weekend, I have an appeal for your prayerful consideration related to the fires around Sonoma and Napa Valley in California where our new diocesan Canon to the Ordinary, Father Dillon, his wife Betsy, and son Ross lost everything but the clothes on their backs when they were forced to evacuate their home near Santa Rosa. Thanks be to God, they escaped with their lives, but the Dillons lost every earthly possession when their home burned to the ground this week.
In response to Bishop Ashman’s request for diocesan parishes and missions to “pass the plate” on their behalf this Sunday, the Vestry has agreed to match donations beyond the congregation’s regular tithes and offerings up to $1,000 drawn from St. Bart’s Outreach Fund. Cash offerings and checks made out to “St. Bartholomew’s Church” with “DILLON” written in the memo line will go to help these good friends of the Davis household and invaluable servants of Christ’s Church. Together with the monies raised in sister parishes and missions from around the diocese, our own small contribution of alms and prayers can surely make a big difference as the Dillon family begins to pick up and move forward from this painful event.
The Anglican Church Women will meet in the Leen Center’s first classroom tomorrow following Mass.
Remember that Cynthia and I leave for vacation this Monday and will be away on both October 22nd and 29th. Our dear Curate, Father Bart Dellinger, will preside and preach on those two Sundays and be available should pastoral care be needed until my return on Thursday, November 2nd.
There will be no Sunday School on October 29th and subsequent fifth Sundays of the months forthcoming. On these and indeed all Sundays, your little ones are more than welcome and encouraged to join “the big people” in the pews for the Holy Sacrifice.
Make sure and join us in the Parish Hall following the Sunday Holy Eucharist on Nov. 5th for St. Bart’s annual Chili Cook-Off. Sample delicious entries by your fellow parishioners, and feel free to bring your own to share!
Prayerfully consider joining with fellow brothers & sisters in Christ at St. Bart’s who will prepare and serve dinner to the residents of Camp Unity Eastside on Saturday, November 11th. Check with Father Bart &/ or Donna Dellinger for more information.
Food items brought to the Narthex will continue to be collected on the last Sunday of each month.
See you in the morning (!)—much love & many blessings,