Archives for December 2014

Weekly ePistle 12/17/14

Thoughts from Lori+

My aunt died last week.  Most of you have heard this already, but bear with me.  She was the last of my father’s siblings; a truly great Southern lady in the very best sense of the word.  I will never forget the words of her son, my cousin, when he said in his eulogy, “All the women want to be like her, and all the men wanted her to be proud of them.”  What a legacy!  That, and this vast and wonderful family.  Her funeral was more a reunion than anything else, and she would have loved that.  She was 93 and had lived a full and fruitful life, so we did not mourn her death as much as we grieved our loss of her.

Her death has, as death tends to do, made me mindful of the reminder we all hear on Ash Wednesday: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”  For me, this isn’t a fearful thought; not that I’m ready to die, you understand!  But because it puts so many things in perspective.  Like Christmas. [Read more…]

Weekly ePistle 12/10/14

Thoughts from Lori

The days are incredibly short as the darkness creeps in by 4:30 in the afternoon. It’s that time of year… in more ways than one. This now prolonged holiday season is one that brings joy and anticipation for some while bringing sadness to others. The sadness could be about the loss of a loved one or about loneliness. Or maybe it’s about the memories of Christmases past and our longing for those days. Whatever the source or sources, this can be a bleak time.

Maybe that’s what draws us out in the night for the Christmas Eve service year after year; drawn to the old hymns, to the reading of the Nativity story from Luke, to the company of others… like moths to a flame. And it is a flame in a manner of speaking. The flame of God’s love: reminding us that hope can overcome grief, peace can dispel anxiety, and love can heal despair.  [Read more…]

Weekly ePistle 12/3/14

Women’s Wednesday is tonight!

7:00 p.m.

Please join the women of the church (and their friends) for wine, refreshments and conversation.

Please note: The office will be closed Friday, December 5th.

Men’s Breakfast

Saturday, Dec. 6th, 8:00 a.m. at Kim & Patty’s

Thoughts from Lori

Advent. In the Church, Advent begins the new year in the Christian calendar. The season itself is about waiting… waiting for the coming of the Christ. But theologically, it is like having a foot on the dock and a foot in the boat. The “foot on the dock” is our anticipation of Christmas, the birth of the Christ Child. The “foot in the boat,” however, is about awaiting the Second Coming of Christ. One of the ways we can keep this tension in a healthy way while we wait, is to do the work Christ Jesus has given us to do: that is, to help those in need. [Read more…]

Weekly ePistle 11/26/14

Thoughts from Lori

I bring you greetings from Bishop Lee and the 177th Convention of the Diocese of Chicago, which met last Friday and Saturday in Lombard. Our delegates were Deb Lang, Kathy Biggerstaff, Bill McLemore, and myself. We took care of the business of the Diocese: ratified the Bishop’s appointments, elected new members to various committees, voted on changes to the diocesan canons, debated local resolutions, and recommended a couple of resolutions to The General Convention (of the whole church) in 2015. It was a busy convention, and one that was clearly congenial.  [Read more…]