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A few ways in which our parish lives out the gospel….one day last week our eighth grade class took a field trip to Southeast Raleigh where they visited a community garden and learned how the people of the neighborhood cultivate the garden and raise fresh vegetables. That part of Raleigh is in an area known as a food desert, meaning that there are no nearby grocery stores that offer fresh produce. The students learned about people who are hungry and about ways in which people work together to help. Also last Sunday, several of our parish families helped make shoes for people in Uganda by using old blue jeans, cutting them up, and combining them with old tires used as soles. They will then be sent off to Uganda. It was a beautiful image of people working together, a vision of the kingdom of God made present in the here and now.

Thank you to all who have made their contributions to the 2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal and if you have not made your contribution, we ask that you please consider making one. Also thank you to all who contributed to our year-end appeal for funds for new siding for the Anthony Hall section of our church. As of last week, we have raised more than $70,000 for that project, which is part of our ongoing maintenance for our church buildings.

You may have heard that a few weeks ago the poet Mary Oliver died. One of her poems is about prayer, and her poem touches on how sometimes we might think that our prayer needs to be perfectly expressed. Her beautiful poem reads this way:

“It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together
and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may
speak.” 

Blessings on your week!

 

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