During this time of quarantine and social distancing, when we have not been present in the building of the church that has become a place of refuge and comfort for so many, we continue to BE the Church. We, the people of God, gathering in community, even if it is across phone lines and broadband technology instead of the in person, shake your hand, give you a hug sort of way we have become so used to. During this time, when many of us are feeling isolated, the work of the Church continues. We continue to reach out to each other, we continue to help each other, we continue to love and pray for each other. There is also a lot of behind the scenes work that is still taking place.
Over the last month or so, your Long Range Planning Committee has been working on the parish-wide survey that will go out in the next several weeks that will help us to focus our attention for the long overdue Capital Campaign. As you are aware, a major step in this process has been to articulate our Mission and Vision, or our Passion, for the work that we are called to do in this local community.
Through our Cottage Meetings, and listening sessions at Coffee Hour and through our individual conversations, the Long Range Planning Committee has heard you say that St. John's identifies with three primary spiritual passions: Service, Connection, and Spiritual Development. We are asking you to participate in the short, one (1) question survey below to help us identify where our passion as a community lies. So you will be asked which of these three passions feed your spiritual energy the most. Please note that all three of these passions are necessary for the Church to thrive and for us to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus in our world. When you make your selection, you are not saying that the other two passions are any less important to you or to the community, we are simply want to see which ones people resonate with the most.
Please click on this link to go to the "Clarifying our Passion" survey.
Thank you for all that you do to be the Church, being incarnations of God's love in this world that seems so out of control right now. Know that you are loved and prayed for.