St. Andrew’s has been our Church home since 1987. Not as long as some who worship here, longer than others. In all that time, I’ve thought of this parish as family.
I’ve been very involved with this family. From cooking for fairs to serving on Vestry, from a variety of maintenance tasks to Senior Warden, from church school teacher to Lay Eucharistic Minister. Over the years, there’s been plenty to do, and I’ve tried to help out when I was able.
The past year and a half has caused most of our activities to come to a screeching halt. I thank God for placing Fr. Nicholas here. He’s the right priest in the right place at the right time.
With Father Nicholas’ leadership, in conjunction with Senior Warden Marty Mautte, the Vestry, and Chris Abbott, the most important aspect of our parish life – our Sunday Eucharist – continued through the pandemic. There’s been a lot of negativity lately regarding Facebook, but Facebook Live was a Godsend. Janet and I were able to worship with our St. Andrew’s family, albeit at a social distance. I enjoyed passing the peace via the chat box. I especially remember Joe Dubee’s regular greeting of “Shalom.”
Fr. Nicholas also arranged for a Zoom Bible study that met weekly. It was another chance to stay connected and because it was on Zoom, it was also very social.
Colleen Abbott has been nothing short of remarkable in providing our weekly Constant Contact News from St. Andrew’s. Please try to remember to send her a thank-you once in a while.
As things around Church begin to approach our new normal, we still have to remain vigilant regarding Covid-19, but we’re able to spend some time face-to-face. I’m reminded of a hymn “Have You Seen Jesus, My Lord?” One verse is,” Have you ever stood in the family with the Lord there in your midst? Seen the face of Christ on your brother/sister? Then I say, you’ve seen Jesus my Lord.” Jesus is here with us, and I see Jesus in each of you.
St. Andrew’s is very important to me and I will continue to support this home and family faithfully.