Retreat and Dialogue Series Opportunities
Several churches on the SouthCoast have joined together in virtual monthly meetings in an effort to support one another and share resources. For those of you that have been around for a while this may sound familiar to you (The Churches of the Southern Cross, The Hub….). We call ourselves “Southcoast Episcopalians” and we have two events planned.
The first is a multi-parish retreat which will be held on Saturday October 3 with a theme of Season of Creation. I will share the details when they become available.
The second is “Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith,” a 10-session series for white people about race. Dialogue circles (4-14 people) will form (either in person or virtual) to watch films, read material and build relationships through conversation. The series is free and open to the public. If you are interested, sign up to attend an introductory session (no commitment!) on Wednesday, Sept 9, 7pm (Zoom) or Thursday, September 10 at 10 am (in-person at Church of the Holy Spirit, 160 Rock Street, Fall River), to reserve a space, call the church at 508-672-5571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As many of you may know, our florist has retired and will no longer be able to supply us with our altar flowers. What you may not know is how generous he has been with St Andrew’s over the years; he only charged us $25 per week for both arrangements and never increased the price.
Michelle and Betsey (a.k.a. the dynamic duo) searched high and low for a new vendor but needless to say could not match that price (even superheroes have limits); the least expensive option would be over $100 per week!!! This did not deter our dynamic duo, instead they got creative and now two handmade silk flower arrangements sit beautifully in our altar vases!
So, what does this mean to those of us who like to honor or memorialize our loved ones with a flower donation? Actually, very little will change; you can still make a monetary donation and your loved one will be recognized in the weekly bulletin as well as the Cross. The money will be used to purchase materials to make other arrangements and to purchase real flowers and plants during the holidays.
The only difference will be that you cannot take the flowers home with you after the service like you used to be able to do. I know change isn’t easy but this is another example of how St Andrew’s is able to adjust to the changing times so we are able to keep our doors open!
Thank you for your understanding and your continued support,