Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Every year on January 18 we commemorate the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle whom Christ himself called the rock of the Church. It is appropriate that I write to you now to inform you and invite you to one of the rocks of being a part of the Episcopal Church – the annual meeting.
The annual meetings for both Emmanuel Episcopal and Church of the Ascension will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 following their regular services. So, what is the point of the annual parish meeting? Why do we have it? Well, the first reason we have it is because we are required by the rules and laws of The Episcopal Church to have them. Also, they are actually very important in the life of a congregation. We select members of the vestry as well as delegates to diocesan convention at these meetings. Also, these meetings are essential for communicating with the members about the life of the church, what has been going on and looking forward to the future.
This year’s meetings are especially important as the churches of the Lower Yellowstone Cluster face a key decision point as we look toward the future. To that end, I implore you to make every effort to join us this coming Sunday for worship, fellowship and discussion about the life of our church communities. Please check out our website for more information as we prepare for the meetings. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Finally, I leave you with the prayer appointed for the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle from The Episcopal Church’s Holy Men, Holy Women:
Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Yours in Christ,