October 14 2018

Vicar’s Diary   October 14, 2018

This has been a week of preparation.  I assembled the agenda for our Vestry meeting Thursday evening which included continuing discussion of the sale of our vacant lot, replacement of the hood over the range in the kitchen, and a possible solar farm on the new section of the cemetery.

I also needed to prepare for our discussions at the all-parish breakfast today as we begin looking at the future of the parish after CSP ends completely.  Believe it or not, we will begin by looking at the Exodus and Wilderness sagas as models for what is occurring in the church and culture.  These are interesting times in which we live.

It also time to prepare for our annual Roast Pork dinner.  Sign up sheets are on the back table for volunteer shifts.  The application to Ulster County Health Department need to be submitted, advertizing needs to go out, and food needs to be purchased.  The dinner has a great reputation in the area as many people look forward to it every year.

I am on the schedule to conduct worship this Sunday afternoon at Ten Broeck Nursing Home so the worship bulletins need to be prepared.  I type out the parts of the service that are said in unison such as the psalm, prayer responses, Creed, etc.  It takes a fair amount of time but it a labor of love.  The residents who attend are always so grateful that I come, and although I don’t really know any of them, I have come to recognize many of their faces.

Lastly, as we prepare to celebrate all the saints the first Sunday of November, I have put a page on the back table for the names of those who have died since All Saints Day last year.  I will add the names of those on the wall plaques as well as those listed in our parish register.

Lots going on.

Michael