This Sunday is our annual Stewardship Sunday. If you join us for Radio Church at 10 a.m., please bring your pledge card and drop it off. We will have homemade fudge as a thank you for everyone who turns up (and if you are not able to join us on Sunday, you can also stop by the office during the week). Please do fill out and return your pledge card – it’s been a surprising and unexpected year, but your pledges allow us to continue spreading the Gospel at St. Mary’s.
Our All Saints Evensong is coming up on November 1. Join us on YouTube or Facebook at 5 p.m. for this beautiful remembrance of those who have gone before us, to inspire, to hearten and to challenge. We are all of us saints of God, and All Saints is a wonderful time to remember that vocation and build upon those who have gone before us.
Finally, I have had several people ask about the Bishop’s search, and what is happening at the moment. Sally Williams is on the Search Committee, but here is the general outline.
Bishop Miller is our Bishop until December 31, 2020. On January 1, 2021, we will have an Assisting Bishop assigned to us by Presiding Bishop Curry. In April we will hold a Special Convention to vote in a Provisional Bishop.
When we can meet in person again, the Search Committee will visit individual churches to ask for input in putting together the Diocesan Profile. Once that is complete, we will receive applications and the Search Committee will do first round interviews. When they have narrowed down the candidates, they will announce a slate of nominees to the Diocese. At that point there is a process for nominating further candidates. The entire group will travel around the Diocese to meet people from the parishes, and then a Special Convention will vote to elect the 12th Bishop of Milwaukee.
If you would like more detail, please talk to me or Sally Williams. The process is delayed until we can meet face to face, but given that Bishop Miller was our bishop for 17 years, it is probably wise to take time to be deliberate in our discernment of a new Bishop.
Prayers and Blessings,