Leadership Notes & Office News

A note from Sherman

Dear Friends,

From the 6th to the 23rd of September 1922, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church met in Portland, Oregon. Daniel S. Tuttle, 86, who was the Bishop of Missouri, also served as the Presiding Bishop at the time, and took time out to lay the cornerstone of our current church building.

This Sunday, we will be observing our Patronal Festival of St Michael & All Angels, and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has sent us a video greeting on the occasion of the centennial of that event. See it Sunday!

We resume the 9:00 and 11:00 services this week. I had hoped to have a guest preacher for the occasion, but the cosmos was uncooperative, so I will be preaching (“Dragons and Ladders”). There will be coffee hour after both services and the Vestry is providing food for a reception between the 9:00 and 11:00 services.

The Feast of St Francis is just around the corner and the Blessing of Animals will take place on October 2nd at 12 noon.

As Julia and I conclude the eighth month of interim service, I realized a couple days ago that I feel I have become a better person as a result of being a part of this community during this time of transition. I have a hunch I am not alone.

In gratitude,
Fr. Sherman
Interim Rector for Worship and Pastoral Care


A Note from Sherman, Sept. 8

Dear Friends,

One of the courses I took in seminary was about the effect of chemical dependence and addiction on family systems. I knew my own family system had stories to tell, because I could remember as a 10-year-old watching my mom flush an entire bottle of Pinch scotch down the toilet. It had been a Christmas gift to my parents from friends.

The class made me curious. I wrote my father: What was alcohol use like in my dad’s family, since communion wine was the only alcohol we knew about? He wrote back a seven-page letter describing his dad’s weekend binges, and I began to understand how our family system had responded.

Recovery Sunday is one way that we as a community acknowledge the many who struggle with addiction and those who seek to recover from addiction. All of our lives have been touched by this reality. We are grateful to Kevin Warren, who is the coordinator, and Margaret Thiele, who will be preaching.

As we continue to inch toward normal life, providing childcare is a key requirement for families with small children. Leslie Sackett will be holding a Childcare Open House on Sunday, September 18th. Watch for more details this week.

“Keep coming back. It works!”

Fr. Sherman


From the office

As we transition to more “normal” operations, the church office is open M-Th usually from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

The interim clergy team includes Julia Nielson (Transition Minister), Sherman Hesselgrave (Interim Priest), and of course Beto Arciniega, who continues to be our associate rector leading the Misa congregation.

As Senior Warden, Rick Parker will keep us all on track during the transition and is joined by Stephanie English (Warden for the People).

Please watch your E-Messenger for ongoing news and events as well as the calendar here on the website.

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