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
A Note from Martha McKeeby Rev. Martha McKee on August 11, 2022
Dear Sisters and Brothers of St. Elizabeth:
The time has come to end my interim ministry and return to retirement. I am deeply grateful for your friendship, your attention, your support, and your love during this season. It has been a pleasure getting to know many of you better and to “be church” with our amazing volunteers. Although I will step back into our congregation; we will continue our life together as members of the Kingdom of God. The Collect for this coming Sunday is an appropriate prayer for all of us:
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
It is my prayer that we will continue to follow Jesus daily as we grow into the holiness promised to faithful people. This is a journey we always share.
Next week, The Rev. Mike Woods will arrive, and the next stage of St. Elizabeth’s story will begin. I am confident that you will make him, and his family feel welcome to our community. As he begins his ministry, Maddie Spearman and the Bishop’s Committee will be there to support and guide him. As always, Wanda Slater will be there to help with the details!
This is a time to be generous with your time and attention for St. Elizabeth. Fall is always busy with back-to-school time, but we hope that many families will return to worship with us as they did before the pandemic. The backpack blessing on August 21 would be the perfect opportunity. All of us need the company of other Christians as companions on our journey. Find ways to share your time and attention beyond our Sunday mornings. Build friendships and begin to work together more closely again.
Always, pray for our church. Be patient with changes in worship and activities. Be generous in your judgements and gentle in your words. God loves you! I love you! Thank you for this amazing time together and bless you all! –Martha+