Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I trust you are having a blessed Advent, full of excitement and anticipation as we await the arrival of the Christ child in our midst. I encourage us to stay calm and meditative as we do whatever it is we need to do to ready ourselves for the week and weekend ahead.
We have set Sunday, January 21 at 9:00 AM as our Annual Meeting time. This communiqué will serve as written notice to the congregation and I will continue to remind you all of the date and time in my weekly missives.
We have a nominating committee who is preparing a slate of candidates to be presented to the Annual Meeting on January 21, 2018 for Junior Warden, Cathedral Chapter and delegates to the Diocesan Convention. We will, of course, accept nominations from the floor but I would like to ask the congregation to prayerfully consider refraining from doing so. We will present a slate that covers the number of people needed to fill the various roles. I am hoping that the congregation will move to accept the slate by acclamation. I would like to avoid having winners and losers and the hurt feelings that may come along with that. Again, please hold my request in your prayers.
Music from the Cathedral at Washington Place
The Cathedral Choir and Orvis Choral Scholars went to Washington Place last week Friday to provide Christmas music for Washington Place’s annual gathering. The crowd that was gathered greatly appreciated our presence in the former home of our Queen and the music was outstanding and given from the heart, which warmed my heart in return.
Nat Potter Funeral Services
Abby Eaton, the daughter of the late Nat Potter, came in to make funeral managements for him and the service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 13, 2018 with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM. The Cathedral community is invited and encouraged to attend and Bishop Fitzpatrick will be the officiant.
Judy Martin has been working very hard to continue the work that Kate Graham did on the photo wall in the hallway of the Memorial Building. I have received many positive comments about the photos and how they reflect a nice spiritual representation of life as a Cathedral community.
Some Closing Thoughts and Reflections
I am fast approaching my first anniversary as Canon Administrator and Priest-in-Charge at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. This has been a tremendous year for me and I am grateful to Bishop Fitzpatrick for inviting me back to the Cathedral. I find the ministry exciting and engaging, as well as challenging. Please know that I love the Cathedral and the community very much – and always have. I wish the Cathedral Chapter, the wardens, the Bishop, the staff, the congregation, and the St. Andrew Square community a continued blessed Advent and very Merry Christmas.
I look forward to seeing you at worship this weekend. Please take care until then.