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On Fall House Cleaning

A couple of weeks ago, on a crisp autumn Saturday afternoon, we had a family fall housecleaning day. The children raked leaves, Liz washed storm windows while I put them up and cleaned out gutters. While we worked we laughed, … Continue reading

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Emmanuel’s Accomplishments and Highlights – 2010

October 2010 – Rector’s Ruminations Last month I received a request from The Reverend Andrea McMillin, our Mt. Baker Region representative to Diocesan Council, asking for highlights and information about parishes in our region.  In putting together a list of … Continue reading

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Vestry Retreat Follow-up

September 2010 – Rector’s Ruminations Since May, we have continued the process of strategic planning resulting in the following priorities: Outreach:  to continue our current commitment and find new opportunities to serve the greater Orcas community as “The Village Church,” … Continue reading

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In Remembrance – Mardi Lister

August 2010 – Rector’s Ruminations “It is a poor thing for anyone to fear that which is inevitable.” Tertullian I did not know Mardi Lister, but I wish I had… for a variety of reasons. She lived, by all appearances, … Continue reading

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Further Reflections on Ministry

July 2010 – Rector’s Ruminations In reading over my June “Rector’s Ruminations,” I was struck by how the Vestry/Staff discussions about the future shape of ministry at Emmanuel correlate and complement planning at the Diocesan level.Given that fact, I offer … Continue reading

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Some Reflections on our Vestry/Staff Retreat

June 2010 – Rector’s Ruminations On Friday evening, May 14th, the Vestry and Staff gathered at 6 o’clock in the Parish Hall and began our Retreat with Evening Prayer.  After praying we shared pizza and salad and two delicious pies … Continue reading

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“Low Sunday”

May 2010 – Rector’s Ruminations A significant decrease in attendance to say the least.  “Low Sunday” (Dominica in albis) is a liturgical term that was originally used in contrast to the “high” Feast of Easter Sunday itself. While “high” and … Continue reading

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Easter Reflections

April 2010 – Rector’s Ruminations As most of you know, Liz and I live near the top of Buck Mountain which affords us exceptional views of the Sound, the village, the islands, the Straits of Georgia, the Olympic Mountains, Friday … Continue reading

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Lent 2010

March 2010 – Rector’s Ruminations “After his baptism, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days…” (Luke 4: 1-2) “Wilderness Wanderings” is the subject of this … Continue reading

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Observations concerning the season of Advent

January 2010 – Rector’s Ruminations Last month I offered some thoughts and observations concerning the season of Advent.  As we now come to the end of Christmastide and anticipate the Epiphany, January sixth, and the six Sundays that comprise the … Continue reading

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