Notes from Canon Linda from St. Gabriel’s Annual Parish Meeting Report
January 30, 2022
Beloved of God, members of St. Gabriel the Archangel church,
I am offering to you this reflection as your Interim Rector. It is unlike any report that I have ever delivered to a congregation. The idea came to me as I was reviewing this past year with you and realizing how many of you I have not even met face to face. I submit to you the life of this parish as exhibited through the headlines in the weekly Messenger. This report is not in chronological order, it will not cluster ministry activities together, nor is it comprehensive (as I am sure that there are items that could be added to this montage). It is a window in time of the life of one unique congregation and I want to center this window in the verses from Jeremiah that we used for the 2021 Stewardship Campaign:
“For surely, I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” Jeremiah 29:11
WINDOWS INTO THE LIFE OF ST GABRIEL
St Gabriel’s Mutual Ministry Review Gathering – where we have been, where we are and where we are going
Outdoor Eucharist- July 4th – attend in person or online – shared lunch to follow
The Four Quests of Jesus by Bishop Steven Charleston – summer book study on Native American traditions
Outreach Field Trip to Beaverton Resource Center
Profile Booklet approved by Vestry
Reopening Guidelines for in- person worship
St Gabriel’s website is fresh, new and ONLINE
St Gabriel’s Choir Has a New Storage Closet!
Our Playground is Ready for Play!
Service of Lament to Remember the Victims of Indian Boarding Schools
We Had LIVE MUSIC in the Sanctuary
Highlights from the 133rd Episcopal Diocese of Oregon Convention
Search Committee is Making Progress
“Clothes for Kids” Needs Donations of New Socks and Underwear
Our “Friendship Circle” for 55+ Starts this Thursday – Let’s Have Fun Together
FORWARD DAY BY DAY – devotional booklets available
St Gabriel College Student Starts GoFundMe for Afghan Refugees
Meet St. Gabriel’s New Youth Minister!
A Message from Bishop Akiyama – Making Community and Connection Through Cooperation
Deacon Greg Rainey is Headed for a New Deaconate Position
Drive-Through Eucharist this Sunday
Outreach Shopping Field Trip Planned for 4th – 7th Graders
DO NOT MISS Our St Francis Services, Sunday, October 3 – Our Own St. Francis and the Wolf
The Gospel for Kids for Sunday – Did Jesus Make Mistakes?
All Saints Welcomed Back on All Saints Sunday – Soup for the Saints Smashing Success
Ways to Help Our Hungry Neighbor
I invite you to look through these WINDOWS – how have you been part of what you see? What do you hope to SEE in the future? What WINDOWS will you help to create in this New Year. Encourage, love and pray for one another as you share the GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST’S LOVE within the church and out into the community.
With confidence in the ministry of God’s future of hope,