Hello St. Paul’s,
We are finally at the end of this year that has been so hard in so many ways. Like many of you, I am rather desperately hoping that 2021 will be a MUCH better year for us, our community, our nation, and the world. We have suffered some serious losses, but St. Paul’s persists, and we will come back together again some time in the next year, as the vaccine is administered more broadly and as our confidence in gatherings grows.
At our annual meeting on January 24, you will hear about the positive things we accomplished in 2020 and some of our hopes for 2021. I’m not going into all that detail now, but I want to end this year on a note of gratitude. I am so grateful for our talented and hardworking staff and members who came together to create new ways of living in community.
I’ll start with our video team who enabled us to re-experience some of our glorious liturgies and who put together our daily and weekly worship. Under the direction of Jeff Martinhauk and Mike Thornburgh we made excellent use of our video archive – which only exists because of an extremely generous gift four years ago – and of our photo archive, which was almost all the work of our indefatigable Cathedral photographer, Susan Forsburg. Our communications coordinator, Wayne Riehm, has overseen the hundreds of Zoom meetings and the construction of a new web site. Thank you all for your combination of artistry and tech know-how.
I’m grateful for our musicians, led by Martin and Gabriel, who selected music, provided beautiful preludes and postludes, and organized our virtual choir. They’ve also kept in touch with all our singers, both adult and youth, so that the choirs can reunite as soon as it is safe to do so.
I’m grateful for our children, youth and family ministry that has continued to flourish under the inspired leadership of Maya Little-Saña. And, on the adult side, I’m grateful for all our Sacred Ground leaders and participants, and for the faith and courage that compels us to seek a more just society.
I’m grateful for our finance team, led by Kathleen Burgess and Betsey Monsell, who have ensured that contributions continued to be counted and our expenses monitored, so that our generous donors were thanked appropriately and we had an accurate sense of where we were financially throughout the year.
I’m grateful for our wardens and Chapter, who participated in online activities and encouraged others to stay connected, and who let the staff know how much their work was appreciated. I’m grateful for our Circles of Love callers and our Stephen Ministers, who provided countless hours of pastoral care and patient listening as many of us went through times of sadness and anxiety.
I’m grateful for all those who have participated in Morning and Evening Prayer online, coordinated by Brooks Mason, as we have welcomed new members and studied and prayed together.
I’m grateful for our facilities team led by Bob Oslie on staff and Mark Lester on the Buildings and Grounds committee, who have wisely used this time to make necessary repairs and improvements to the cathedral campus.
I’m grateful for those parishioners who work in the medical and law enforcement fields, and who have put their lives on the line in order to care for and protect others.
And I’m grateful for all of you, who have stayed with us through all these challenges. Without you there is no body of Christ, no St. Paul’s family, With you and thanks to you, we have made it through this year and are in good shape to continue to grow in ministry and mission in 2021.
I wish you a very happy, peaceful, and healthy New Year.
Your sister in Christ