Sunday, January 15, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Last week I received a message from a parishioner complaining about the bulletin format and how it can be fixed.
I dubbed that "The First," as in, the first complaint by a parishioner about something I had done.
Today I got the second complaint.
When I was on a site visit to another congregation they had what they called a "Letters to God" program where the children could "send" questions or comments and the priest or Christian Ed person would answer them. I really liked the idea and was looking forward to either a) participating in it should I be called there, or b) beginning a similar program should I be called elsewhere.
I was obviously called elsewhere and I've been working with our youth director and another Sunday school teacher to get it up and running. Considering I showed up just before Advent, it wasn't exactly number one on the priority list. But this past week it was finished and I received the first four letters.
Two were love notes to God and two posed questions. One was, "Hi! Wassup?" The other one asked, "Why do we have incense?" It's the second one that I will address in church.
And today I got a phone call from a parishioner wanting to talk about this program because he doesn't agree with it. To be fair, I'm not exactly sure what his concern is because he wanted to have a face-to-face meeting rather than over the phone; and he did tell me what the general topic of his concern was so that I wasn't blindsided. So I set up an appointment with him for next week to talk about the Letters to God program.
I will listen. And I will ask him why he has a problem with allowing theological inquiries from children. And we will hopefully come to an understanding that this is an okay thing. Really.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Thursday, January 05, 2017
Well, it had to happen sometime. Someone, and something, had to make the first official complaint of my tenure at SJP, and it came today.
A parishioner made a complaint via our website wanting to know who was responsible for the change in the Sunday bulletin. Um ... that would be me.
The bulletins are apparently now too difficult to follow, things mixed up and missing, and information too hard to find. In general, they want to go back to the "all-in-one" bulletin where everything .... EVERYTHING ... copies of all the hymns, copies of every word of every prayer in the BCP and whatever all else deemed necessary to function .... was printed out in the bulletin.
You know, not everything's supposed to be easy.
But I invited them into the office to go over it to help get them unconfused and more comfortable with the new format. They are looking forward to coming in and showing me how it can be fixed.
Thank you for your input. Have a good day.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
Today is the First Sunday after Christmas. It is also the 8th day of Christmas. It is also the Feast of the Holy Name. It is also the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ.
So many possibilities on which to preach -- which is why we had the service of Christmas Lessons and Carols.
We got to sing more Christmas music. I didn't have to decide on a topic for a sermon. And we all went home happy.
May you have a blessed Chrismastide.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
I am an administrator on the FB page of my new parish. All that really means is that I have the ability to post things.
Like, for instance, last Sunday when it snowed, I got on the FB page and let people know about that, to plan accordingly, and be safe if you were driving in to church.
I received a call from a parishioner today informing me his wife had died (she was battling an illness and this was not unexpected, but still . . . ) earlier this morning. I posted that information on our parish FB page.
Just got back from lunch and pulled up my internet tabs, and noticed this message on the FB page/tab: "Congratulations! Your post, 'Dear St. John's family, it is with sadness . . .' is performing better than 85 percent of all posts. For $5 more you can boost this post to reach more people."
Methinks there's a general lack of understanding on the part of FB,
A Few Words About Comments
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