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Rector’s Ramblings – April 18, 2024

| Glenn |
 A parishioner recently brought me two bibles to see if I might like to add them to my collection. One is a copy of the bible in Russian, while the other is a New Testament in Gullah Sea Island Creole. I can make sense of the latter, especially because there is an English translation in the margins, but I have no experience with Cyrillic, and ca…

Rector’s Ramblings – March 28, 2024

| Glenn |
 This week marked the first training session for van guild members. Two willing servants were in attendance. We went over the policies around van use, the role of those whose ministry is driving the van, and then I did a session on safe driving. It was a brief recap of the safe driving training I learned and then taught in my pre-seminary life w…

Rector’s Ramblings – March 7, 2024

| Glenn |
I recently came across an article that described the increasing use of the “Do Not Disturb” function on phones. You’ve probably used or encountered it already, especially if you have an iPhone. When texting another iPhone user, settings allow a return response letting a person know you are on Do Not Disturb, for example. Other times, the person …

Rector’s Ramblings – March 7, 2024

| Glenn |
I’ve seen five doctors in as many weeks. Three of those appointments were annual or regular checkups. The other two, which are related, were to try to chase down some insight on a relatively minor health issue. That may be a new record for me. I tend not to visit doctor’s offices often; now and then, I get checked out for something that might ne…

Rector’s Ramblings – February 29, 2024

Rector’s Ramblings – February 29, 2024 The Rectory had its second annual home inspection this week. Our Junior Warden, Uli Keller, has instituted a good policy that all our buildings receive and annual inspection by a certified inspector. Although we have plans for deferred maintenance in place, too, as any homeowner or property owner knows, stu…

Rector’s Ramblings – August 3, 2023

| Tom Purdy |
As I was cleaning out my bookshelves in anticipation of relocating to the new Rector’s office (we’re shuffling staff offices in the coming weeks), I came across a gift a parishioner gave me some years ago. It is a little tome published in 1875 that contains volume seventeen and eighteen in the “Little Classics” anthology. I don’t think it’s part…

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Rector’s Ramblings – March 16, 2023

| Glenn |
In July, 1974, eleven women were ordained as Episcopal priests in Philadelphia, the first women to be ordained priests in our Church (the first female Anglican priest had been ordained 30 years prior in Hong Kong).  This past week the trailer for a new documentary about “The Philadelphia Eleven” was shared at a big Episcopal conference in J…
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Rector’s Ramblings – March 9, 2023

| Glenn |
A recent Facebook memory reminded me of “Snowmageddon” some 13 years ago when we lived outside Washington, DC. We had several snowstorms in short order that dumped something like five feet on us – more where the wind caused drifting to greater depths. Back then, we had a new parish hall building with a large, flat roof. Although it was a couple …
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Rector’s Ramblings – March 1, 2023

| Glenn |
Many of us tend to avoid difficult things. We don’t want to be uncomfortable. We don’t want to do the hard thing. We don’t want to be sad. We don’t want to be tired. We want to be content, and happy, and rested, and we want all the good things.  Learning how to lean into the unpleasant things that we must do can take a lifetime to lear…