November 10, 2019
Note from the Vestry
Karen and I returned recently from a two-week study trip to the Holy Land. Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Institute, this program of Bible study and Biblical archaeology had us on the bus at 7 AM and returning to the hotel at 6 PM. There’s a lot to see in the Holy Land and all the sites so important to our faith are awe-inspiring.
Located on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert, not far from the shore of the Dead Sea, is what is now called the En Gedi Nature Reserve. David came to En Gedi during his wandering in the desert as he hid from King Saul (And David went up from thence and dwelt in the strongholds of En Gedi, 1 Samuel 23:29). Why En Gedi? There in the wilderness, among lush trees in the rocks is a strong flowing waterfall, maybe 30 ft high and 6-7 ft. around, that speaks of the way the Lord works. Nothing can conquer a wilderness without the water the Lord provides.
Bishop Dave reminds us of our period of transition. And indeed, we face major challenges. But just as the powerful flowing En Gedi reminds, God has provided a continual flowing of His love for us. Feel it; it is there washing over us.
The Vestry recognizes the many blessings flowing from our rich and flourishing ministries. Recent testimonies speak of the people in our parish who give so much of themselves to make these ministries what they are. In that same spirit, we have all come together and trusted in the Lord as we work to call a new rector and discern the plans God has for a new building. As it is written in Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”