Post date: 03/01/2006 - 10:00am
Please take the TPPI. The Ten Point Personal Inventory. Give yourself up to 10 points for every statement below to which you can respond positively. For any wishy-washy response, give yourself 5 points or fewer. TPPI perfect score = 100. If asked, I would seriously consider a leadership position in our church. The average Episcopalian (according to The Episcopal Diocese of MA) is said to invite an acquaintance to church once every 27 years. I can do better than that. I’ll invite and bring someone to church this month.
Post date: 02/01/2006 - 10:00am
The art of hospitality –a topic I am addressing early in the month of February-- is very much on my mind. We have become a more visible religious community among the many communities in our region. True hospitality and openness require maturity.
Post date: 01/01/2006 - 10:00am
* "Ah, friends, dear friends, as years go by and heads get gray, how fast the guests do go. Touch hands, touch hands . . . the false forget, the foe forgive, for every guest will go and every fire burn low . . . Forget, forgive, for who can say if this fine day may ever come to host or guest again. Touch hands." (anonymous)
Post date: 12/12/2005 - 11:00pm
* We fill the church this season and well we should. A church is to be filled up and used up. That's what we have been doing all year. Bring your friends and relatives. It is time to light a candle in the dark and hear beautiful music. Blessings upon your travels and upon your safe return. Happy New Year. * The offering envelope in this week's newsletter is provided by the Board of Trustees for an extra gift to your church in this Holiday Season. Be generous. Bring your gift to church and mark any check: Special Gift.
Post date: 08/21/2005 - 11:00pm
I don't believe any one of us would take kindly the thought of being evicted from our homes. It is difficult to imagine how a displacement of nearly 10,000 American citizens, were it to take place in our country, would go as smoothly as it has apparently gone in Gaza and the West Bank.
Post date: 08/20/2005 - 11:00pm
happiness, do we? That pursuit is arguably the cause of much frustration because one’s desire for happiness is insatiable. Add to that frustration the impossibility of our ever agreeing on what constitutes happiness, and then one begins to see the dimensions of a spiritual problem.
Post date: 08/14/2005 - 11:00pm
So, we have the unalienable right to the pursuit happiness, do we? That pursuit is arguably the cause of much frustration because one’s desire for happiness is insatiable.
Post date: 08/08/2005 - 11:00am
I am trying something new at home. I’m planting a fall tomato crop that will in no way compete with the Farmers Market here on Tuesday mornings. But I’m quite serious about it all. Vigilance. Discipline. Stewardship. Three watchwords shall be my guide.
Post date: 08/01/2005 - 11:00am
The church Board of Trustees, upon the recommendation of the personnel committee, voted on July 10th to continue the cleaning and lawn services we had been receiving this spring and summer from Shur Vac Janitorial and H & L Contractors.
Post date: 07/25/2005 - 11:00am
With renewed concern over future terrorist attacks, I thought of a column I wrote and published here in another time when fear or anxiety was on our minds: