"The church's task in the world is to model genuine humanness as a sign and an invitation to those around.” - N.T. Wright
Every year, Pentecost reminds me of the power of the Holy Spirit. The stories in the book of Acts capture this well, as the disciples emerge from locked doors to share the love of Christ they realize the power they hold in this ministry. I have experienced the Holy Spirit in a variety of ways throughout my life.
I felt this power once again at Ascension as we renewed our Baptismal Covenant, it is a powerful liturgy. I felt the presence of God as I witnessed so many coming forward at the offertory, offering ourselves to the life and ministry we share. Our collective commitment demonstrates trust in God and one another.
This week the vestry spent time reflecting on the information gathered from the small group meetings that were held in conjunction with the Capital Campaign. We know from the initial in-gathering that we can accomplish the priorities previously stated: classroom improvements, Upper Building renovations and HVAC controller. We are coordinating with our construction management for more detailed estimates as we continue the work of prioritizing the scope of work. We want to ensure we maximize the effectiveness of the dollars raised and complete the projects our congregation values.
Meanwhile, we expect to receive more commitments in the coming weeks. On June 3rd there will be more information about the in-gathering to date. The refined scope of work, based on our gatherings, will also be ready to share on the third. I am grateful for each of you in this parish. Thank you to each who has already offered a commitment to the campaign.