Summer might technically continue into September, but I confess I have always felt it come to a close in August. The rhythm of the year shifts towards the academic or program year and I move from focusing on fun vacations to the energy and bustle of “normal.”
So this Sunday is our last scheduled outdoor service, the last Sunday of the year when we are dependent upon the weather for the location of our worship. On September 11 we will welcome the return of choir, Adult Education and Sunday School, with the Wednesday morning group starting September 21. Contemplative Prayer continues Mondays at 5 p.m. and our Sunday worship will shift the service music, Prayers of the People, and Eucharistic Prayer.
Later in September and through October we will explore how we plan for life events and transitions. After all, in life the single constant is change. We are constantly adjusting, accommodating and otherwise learning. To aid this process, St. Mary’s has four upcoming classes about life changes.
Sunday, September 25 at 9 a.m. – Learn about all the different options for hospice care with Sherry from Angel’s Grace.
Monday, October 3 at 6 p.m. – Marit will talk about the emotions that go along with change, and how we can find resiliency amidst the grief, anger and shock.
Monday, October 10 at 6 p.m. – Jamie Milaeger from Shorehaven is the Life at Home Coordinator and has made it her business to learn the resources of Waukesha County. Jamie will focus on Living Wills and Powers of Attorney, but will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Monday, October 17 at 6 p.m. – Mother Pippa will talk about funeral planning and what a gift it can be for family and friends to have the service already planned.
We will of course also have opportunities for outreach (The Gathering on September 10 and Adopt a Highway on October 15), fellowship (hiking/kayaking September 10, October 1, November 5) and ecumenical discussion (Homebrewed Faith at the Delafield Brewhaus at 7 p.m. on August 31, September 28, October 26 and November 30).
Church ultimately is a place that is meant to bring us into closer relationship with God and one another in Christ. I hope you take advantage of these opportunities as you continue your journey with and towards God.
Prayers and Blessings,