Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org 9:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II, w/Choir, Zoom Remote Worship is Available During the 9 AM Service - Interested persons, please email us and we will send the link. Sunday School meets every Sunday at 9 AM in the undercroft
MESSAGE FROM THE PRIEST-IN-CHARGE
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As we begin a brand new month and year, my family and I wish each of you a Blessed, Healthy and Peaceful New Year!
Start Strong to Finish Strong
“In a race all the runners run. But only one gets the prize. You know that, don’t you? So run in a way that will get you the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24, New International Reader’s Version NIRV).
It is said that “the best way to finish strong is to start strong.” I must commend everyone who helped to make the year 2021 a success; and look forward to many more exciting ministries and programs in 2022!
You will agree with me that we did not allow the COVID 19 PANDEMIC, the Delta and Omicron variants and other obstacles to slow us down or stop us. We made strategic plans on how to implement our ministries and programs safely, despite the challenges posed, especially by the pandemic. For example, in September, we successfully resumed our in-person Sunday school classes and welcomed our parents with their children back into our classrooms. We also allowed the AA Group which has been meeting in the building next door, to resume their in-person meetings in our space in the newly renovated undercroft, after we crafted rules to enable us and them to use the space appropriately and conveniently. With proper planning and execution, the St. Martha’s Guild held two successful fund raisers (the fall Rummage Sale and the Holiday Bazaar), and at those events, we welcomed more than one hundred non-parishioners into our space at different times in the undercroft. With guidance from the Diocesan RRR Committee, our clergy and lay leaderships ensured that our worship spaces (the Narthex, Nave and Sanctuary) remained safe and hygienic throughout the year. The Institution and Confirmation service, held on May 22nd and the Ordination to the Priesthood service, held on November 13th were both a huge success and brought Bishop Stokes and many distinguished personalities to our affiliated parishes! I must commend the Bradley Food Pantry and its Manager for another successful year of distributions of the Thanksgiving food boxes/turkeys and the Christmas food boxes, turkeys and hams. Words are insufficient to express my delight to the coordinator and crew, especially our Youths ((EYC) for implementing another successful annual toys drive and distribution. Our actions and this ministry of toys for children that are less fortunate are a blessing to many families. Last but not least, our Global Outreach Ministry and the shipment to Liberia to benefit women, children, schools, churches, orphanages, etc was a huge undertaking and I plan to make distributions during my trip to Liberia.
The year 2021 is behind us and the year 2022 is ahead of us. We can finish strong if we start strong, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and other obstacles, including finances and the limited volunteers. During this year 2022 and beyond, I encourage each of you to give as much of your time, talents and treasury for the success of the ministries and programs entrusted to our care. For those who are able and are attending in-person worship services, there are many opportunities to volunteer and serve as usher, acolyte, choir member, altar guild member, lay reader/lector/lay Eucharistic minister, Sunday school teacher, youth sponsor, etc. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Chalakani and/or me, or the wardens or one of the vestry members, if you wish to volunteer. Let us remember that the best way to finish strong is to start strong!
God Bless and keep us!
The Rev. Canon Dr. James T. Yarsiah