Greetings from Rev. Mike Woods

Greetings St. Liz,

The Woods family is very excited to begin our time with you this coming week. It has been a long hot summer for us as I am sure it has been the same for you.

I am writing this after standing outside with our oldest daughter, Harper, as we watched a nice little summer rainstorm pour down upon us. It was just long enough that it knocked the heat out of the air and left a cool breeze in its wake. It was cool enough that we actually felt like spending more than ten minutes outside after the storm passed. ...Read More

Sunday Sunday Sunday

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on September 5, 2019
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!
Hi friends, this Sunday is a big day in the life of St. Liz.  I’m writing with the details.
First: this Sunday we will finally begin our two-service worship schedule.  It will look like this:
            8:45am Family Service w/Godly Play
            9:45am Sunday School Hour (Adults in the Mission Hall)
            11am Principal Service w/Children’s Chapel.
“Family Service” and “Principal Service” aren’t ideal titles, but they’ll work.  Families of all kinds are welcome at either service.  And just because our 11am is called “Principal” doesn’t mean the 8:45am is any less important!
Second, you might be wondering why Godly Play is happening during the Family Service and not during Sunday School hour?  This is a temporary solution to a last second problem. Just in August we learned that our current Godly Play building isn’t structurally sound (problems with the floor), so we’re no longer using it for kids’ programs.  We’re actively pursuing a solution, but it will still be a few more weeks at best before we have new Godly Play/Children’s Chapel space available.
In the meantime, Godly Play will simply be part of the 8:45am Family Service.  In a few weeks, if we still don’t have new space available, we might have Godly Play meet outside on the Mission Hall Porch during the Sunday School hour.  But it’s still too hot for that right now.
You might be asking, “Why can’t Godly Play happen in the Mission Hall during the Sunday School hour?”  Excellent question.  If we move Godly Play into the Mission Hall, then there won’t be any place for adults to have a Sunday School class.  In our surveys about adding a second service, several folks asked about adding Sunday School for adults.  Unfortunately, with our Godly Play/Children’s Chapel building out of commission, the Mission Hall is our only real programmatic space.
This brings me to the third thing you need to know for Sunday: we need to begin thinking about whether it’s time to expand or update some of our existing facilities.  To that end, I hope you’ll attend a meeting in the Mission Hall during the Sunday School hour this week, at 9:45am.  (We’ll have activities for the kids on the patio.)  If you’re unable to come at that time, there will be another after the 11am service.  Our goal in these meetings is to hear from the whole congregation: if you were to identify three facilities improvements you’d like to see happen, for example, what would they be? 
This summer, I asked Laura Hamilton to form and chair a group of folks to begin thinking strategically about what our facilities needs might be, and who might have to be involved in addressing any projects we decide to pursue.  (For example, do we have a land survey of the St. Liz property?  Are we on septic or city sewer?  How does the diocese need to be involved?)  Laura and members of her team will be at each meeting this Sunday. 
With the exception of replacing our suddenly out-of-commission Godly Play/Children’s Chapel building, there are no plans underway.  We’re still figuring out what our priorities are.  Once our whole faith community has had opportunity to offer input, only then will we decide what projects, if any, we will decide to address.
I hope you’ll be a part of the conversation.
God’s Peace,
Fr. Daniel+