Sunshine Mail and Looking Aheadby Maddie Spearman on April 28, 2022
Dear St. Liz family,
The Lord be with you! I am writing to you on behalf of your Bishop’s Committee to provide a snapshot of the current goings-on at St. Liz.
It’s Crunch Time for Sunshine Mail!!!
The deadline for Sunshine Mail is this Sunday, May 1st. So far, we have only collected 12 letters out of 330, which we had set as our goal.
Between now and Sunday, PLEASE take some time to write a cheery note (or three) to our neighbors in Assisted Living here in Buda. Let’s bring some sunshine to their day, and show them that they are not alone – that they are remembered.
You can bring your letters with you to church, or drop them off in the decorative box on the front porch. There are supplies at the church, so feel free to come early or stay late to create some sunshine for these folks.
Planning Ahead – Pentecost
Necesitamos tu ayuda!
Nous avons besoin de votre aide!
Abbiamo bisogno del tuo aiuto!
Wir brauchen deine Hilfe!
Rydym angen eich help!
Do you speak a foreign language? If so, we need your help during our Pentecost service, which will take place on Sunday, June 5th! We are searching for volunteers who are willing and able to read Scripture and prayers during the service in Spanish, Italian, French, and German. If you know a foreign language that is not listed here, please let us know, and we will happily rework our bulletin to include you.
An Update on the Clergy Transition Process
Your Bishop’s Committee has finished putting together St. Liz’s parish profile (HOORAY!). Many thanks to the special team of BC Members who organized this process and saw it through to the end. The final document is a wonderful reflection of who we are as a church family.
As a reminder, the parish profile describes (1) our history, values, quirks, strengths, challenges, current ministries, and hopes for the future; (2) what sort of traits and gifts we are hoping will be present in our next full-time vicar; and (3) economic and demographic data about Buda and the surrounding area. The document will be made available to clergy who are interested in exploring a potential call to serve as the next vicar at St. Liz, so that they can learn more about us and know where we currently stand as a congregation.
As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the parish profile is an important component of the clergy transition process. The profile will be posted to the Diocese’s “Churches in Transition” webpage, at which point St. Liz will move from Pre-Search status to Active Search status. Once in Active Search status, the rest of the clergy transition process should move fairly quickly.
So, that’s the update! Please continue to pray for St. Liz as we transition into our new chapter of pastoral leadership. And please pray also for Bishop David Reed as he is led by the Holy Spirit to appoint our next full-time vicar. I will keep you informed and updated as I know more.
Nametags are back at St. Liz! Especially as we get back into the swing of things, wearing your nametag during Sunday service is a great way to reconnect with one another and to make newcomers feel welcome. So, don’t forget to stop by the bulletin board on your way in to church to grab your nametag. Also, feel free to welcome newcomers to St. Liz by directing them to make a nametag for themselves! If you’d like a printed name tag, but do not see your name on the printed sheet, please let me or Wanda Slater know and we will add you.
Children at St. Liz - Nursery & Godly Play Updates
As we continue moving toward more familiar, pre-COVID worship practices, there has been some understandable confusion about what childcare options are available at St. Liz during worship on Sundays. St. Liz’s nursery is open each Sunday at 9:45 AM before worship. I know I speak for many at St. Liz when I say that I can’t wait to hear the joyful sounds of children filling the church again!
Our return to Godly Play will occur at some point in the near future, but not quite yet. If you have a child that would be interested in participating in Godly Play, please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Volunteers
Hey you! Are you looking to become more involved at St. Liz? Would you like to meet new people, practice servant leadership, and deepen your connection to Sunday worship? If so, you might consider joining a volunteer group!
St. Liz has several Sunday volunteer roles: Altar Guild beautifies the church and prepares the Holy Table before the service. Greeters welcome everyone into God’s House and make them feel at home. Lectors read aloud the Scriptures assigned for each Sunday. Intercessors lead the Prayers of the People. Ushers carry the Offering and the Elements to the Altar, and guide churchgoers through the service. Lay Eucharistic Ministers (“LEMs”) assist the priest in leading and administering the Holy Eucharist. St. Liz youth may volunteer by serving as Acolytes.
Each volunteer role has a written Roles & Responsibilities document that describes the qualifications, expectations and time commitment for each role. Printed copies of the Roles & Responsibilities documents are located in the vicar’s office. If you would like digital copies, please email me at email@example.com and let me know.
During COVID-19, our volunteer rosters have been a bit smaller than is typical. I invite you to prayerfully consider how you and your family may contribute your time and talent to serving at St. Liz as a volunteer!
Bishop’s Committee Meetings
Bishop’s Committee meetings are open to all members of St. Liz. Recently, we have been meeting via Zoom every other Sunday. Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 8th at 7:00 PM. The link for the meeting can be found here.
That’s all for now. See you soon!