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Beloved Siblings in Christ,
We have been asked how the parish decides what we do as a church—how do we decide what ministries we support? How do we decide which things get the most attention? Well, it all comes down to you!
You’ll be familiar with the phrase “the church is not the building; the church is the people” by now, and it couldn’t be more true. Our ministries are driven by parishioners. When needs arise, folks step in to bridge the gap.
Jesus told his followers to sit with those on the margins, and to meet their needs. And that’s what our parishioners do, connecting the parish with organizations and individuals with a passion for helping others.
We recognize that, with the departure of Iron Gate, there is a void that folks are eager to fill. It felt good to be a part of a church with a large, visible ministry. But recall that Iron Gate took 40 years to grow to what it is today.
The smaller ministries we support now—New Hope, Transpire, The Social Justice Commission, and the 1000 Yards Project—are at varying stages of development. With your support they can continue to grow and improve life for so many.
According to the Book of Common Prayer, “The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.” (p.855)
Where will you take your place?
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