Tomorrow is St. Michael's Annual Meeting. Held in the church after the 9:00 service, the meeting gives us all a chance to be together as a congregation. The four Sunday worshipping communities will gather to hear from ministry leaders and to elect our 2015 Vestry and delegates to our Diocesan Convention. (Currently two members of our worshipping community serve on the vestry and one member of our community serves as Clerk of the vestry.) Following the meeting we'll head over to the parish hall for a potluck brunch and the opportunity to catch up with people we don't often see. Be sure to wear your "Ask me about Live at Five" button!
We do have a lot to share! At our last governing group meeting, we set some goals for the year ahead--identifying areas on which we want to focus and events in which we want to participate. It is hardly surprising that we want to continue to deepen our individual and community journeys of faith through worship, formation (that's church speak for education) and service to others. To that end, we'll be starting to offer brief programs at our monthly potlucks. Since our next potluck is Sunday, February 22 (the first Sunday in Lent), our program that night will focus on Lent.
We also want to continue to involve our kids in worship--as acolytes, readers, prayer leaders and offerors. Participating in the leading of worship is a good way for our children to learn the story of our faith from the inside out--an embodied learning of embodied worship. We're hoping that this year we can send a delegation of kids and adults to the National Acolyte Festival held each year at The National Cathedral.
One of the gifts our Live at Five community brings to St. Michael's is our rich New Mexican faith traditions. Already we have shared the Feast of Guadalupe, Las Posadas and the Dia de los Muertos parade with the congregation of St. Michael's. We are looking forward to introducing another Feast day to the community--the Feast of San Isidro--which we will celebrate on May 17 when we'll bless the acequia that runs by our meadow and offer prayers for bountiful crops.
Last November, your governing group decided that we were at our core a eucharistic community and that it was important that we offer eucharistEVERY SUNDAY OF THE YEAR AT FIVE O'CLOCK. If you are working on Sunday morning and can't come to the annual meeting or if reports and elections are not your thing--don't worry. There will still be a meal of bread and wine, a story shared, songs sung and people gathered in worship at 5:00.
In gratitude for every one of you and for the life we share in Christ,