Happy Easter! Yes, like Christmas, Easter is a Season not just a day. There are seven Sundays of Easter before we get to Pentecost – our Feast Day. This time between Easter Sunday and Pentecost are often referred to as the Great 50 Days of Easter. What are you doing to make them great? Have you thought about your “resurrection moments”? Times in your life when things have been transformative, and something “changed” for the better. I hope that reflecting on the situations from your past is providing you with additional resilience in this time of pandemic.
We are about to experience a resurrection moment as a congregation. As of Sunday, May 2 we will return to in-person worship for our 10am service. We will worship outside (if the weather allows) and continue following the Diocesan guidelines for mask wearing, physical distancing by household, no shaking hands or hugging, etc. We hope that you will consider joining us in-person soon, and if not, online Zoom will continue indefinitely at all services.
So far Easter has been an amazing journey with our planting seeds of hope, enjoying a Children’s Eucharist and learning our lower-level tenant would like to renew their lease. Our congregation is blessed with so many wonderful things at this time and for this we are grateful.
April 23 marks the fifth anniversary of our Food Pantry ministry. Back in 2016 we opened on that 4th Saturday in April and offered assistance to 18 families. Well, you know the rest of the story. We are now serving over 150 households each month and the individual, organization and community support we have received is tremendous. If you are a parishioner at Holy Spirit and have not volunteered at the Food Pantry, please consider doing so. This is a major ministry for us and it is important that we all experience the tremendous difference it provides to those in need. We are extremely grateful to all who have volunteers throughout our five-year history.
Lots more happening in the coming weeks. Be sure to check our website and weekly email. We continue our book group on race (it is not too late to join us) and I know you have your calendar marked for Saturday, May 8 at 10am for the Diaconate Ordination of Katherine Rollo. In June we will celebrate our high school seniors, wrap up Sunday School and thank our music ministers and Sunday School teachers.
Wishing you special blessings this Eastertide and evermore.
Jubilantly, Father Jerry
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” -Matthew 25:35