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

A Pilgrim Confession

by Fr. Daniel+ on January 20, 2022
I want to write in a more personal vein today. As such, in what follows, I may lose my thread a bit more than usual. Moving and movement are on my mind, as are these blog posts, and on the whole I’m just a bit scattered today. Mostly, though, I want to try and say something of how important the discipline of writing these posts has been for me,...
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Clergy Transition Update from Maddie Spearman

Clergy Transition Update from Maddie Spearman

by Maddie Spearman on January 13, 2022
Dear friends in Christ, I am writing to you on behalf of your Bishop’s Committee to provide some guidance about what to expect as we prepare for a clergy transition. I hope to answer some of...
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Some Gentle Elephants in the Room

Some Gentle Elephants in the Room

by Fr. Daniel+ on January 6, 2022
By now you will have heard that I’ll be leaving St. Elizabeth soon. You can read more about the details of that here. For now, I want to address some of these gentle elephants in the room as St....
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Announcing a Transition in Ministry for St. Liz and the Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund

Announcing a Transition in Ministry for St. Liz and the Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 5, 2022
Dear Members and Friends of St. Liz, For the past four and half years, it has been my honor and privilege to serve as the Vicar of St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church. I am writing because my...
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Your 2022 Bishop's Committee

Your 2022 Bishop's Committee

by Fr. Daniel+ on December 16, 2021
I am pleased to announce St. Elizabeth’s Bishop’s Committee for 2022. Maddie Spearman, Bishop’s Warden (Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2023) Kevin Hammond (Jan. 2020 - Dec....
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Elegy for an iPhone

Elegy for an iPhone

by Fr. Daniel+ on December 9, 2021
My iPhone is dying. It’s in that end-stage of life where the battery drops from fully charged to 83% almost as soon as I unplug it, and if I’m using the GPS? Forget about it. Charging it is...
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Stomping Bluebonnet Seeds

Stomping Bluebonnet Seeds

by Fr. Daniel+ on November 17, 2021
“…these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold” (Mark 4:20). This Sunday after worship, we’re going out into...
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Confirmation in D Major

Confirmation in D Major

by Fr. Daniel+ on November 11, 2021
One of the most recognizable pieces of music is Pachelbel’s "Canon in D Major." That word canon means “rule” or “law.” When you listen to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” you might say that the...
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Stewardship This Year: What to Expect

Stewardship This Year: What to Expect

by Fr. Daniel+ on October 28, 2021
It’s time for our annual focused financial stewardship effort, so today I’d like to let you know what you can expect. We’ll spend more time on the spiritual and pastoral dimensions of giving in...
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By What Authority? (Mark 11:27-33)

By What Authority? (Mark 11:27-33)

by Guest Author, Seminarian Krista Heuett on October 13, 2021
Last Sunday, Fr. Daniel shared with us the story of the fig tree and Jesus’s hunger outside of Jerusalem. He also shared, “Where this is Jesus, there is food, and where there is food, there is a...
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St. Liz Offerings + Ways to Get Involved

St. Liz Offerings + Ways to Get Involved

by Fr. Daniel+ on October 7, 2021
Last Sunday during outdoor worship, we talked about seasons of the spirit. Seasons of abundance and power, like Jesus surrounded by palm-waving crowds. Seasons of growing lean and dying to self...
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Remember the Soil: the Rich Man and Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:32-52)

Remember the Soil: the Rich Man and Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:32-52)

by Fr. Daniel+ on September 23, 2021
One of the questions we return to every so often in our Wednesday bible study is, “How would Mark want us to read this passage?” A good way to answer that question is to look for other passages...
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For Our Leadership Meeting this Sunday: Some Questions to Ponder

For Our Leadership Meeting this Sunday: Some Questions to Ponder

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on September 9, 2021
As I said this past Sunday, our next Bishop’s Committee meeting is this Sunday, September 12 at 7:30pm. We’ll meet via Zoom, for about an hour. The link is included as a post script at the...
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The Tail of Two Comets: Vespasian and Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 8:27-38)

The Tail of Two Comets: Vespasian and Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 8:27-38)

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on September 2, 2021
The Tail of Two Comets: Vespasian and Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 8:27-38) On Sundays at St. Liz, we’re coming to the end of chapter 9 in our modified Mark lectionary, but since it’s been so...
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For Sunday’s Sermon: Chopin’s Tristesse

For Sunday’s Sermon: Chopin’s Tristesse

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on August 26, 2021
In Sunday’s sermon, I’m going to tell a story about a young marine in Vietnam who listened to a music box to help him cope with the horrors of the war going on around him. The music box played a...
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