RECTOR'S LETTER - OCTOBER
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Jose have captured the nation’s attention. As a Texas resident for 10 years, with friends and family in Houston and other affected areas, the hurricane’s destruction hits heavily. While I only saw images; my loved ones saw the real thing, up close and personal. Their homes, streets and stores were underwater, unrecognizable. Most people prepared for intense storms, but not devastating floods, so many are still piecing together solutions from limited resources. The marginalized and poor are once again vulnerable. The rest of the country has moved on with new stories and different news, but residents of both affected states will eventually have to begin the long process of rebuilding.
Friends, God is here. God is moving through those who love, and He wants you to be part of it. Never lose sight of hope.
FALL FAIR 2017
Kudos to everyone who worked so hard for the success of our Fall Fair!
You are all a blessing to St. Margaret’s.
Every year, hundreds of friends from the community turn out to enjoy homemade food and desserts, raffles, auction baskets and goodies for the whole family. This year, we welcomed members of BIBAK North East, who performed Filipino drumming and dances in colorful ethnic dress. As always, we will tithe 10% of net proceeds to a designated non-profit to share our blessings with others.
St. Margaret’s is blessed to have the energy and efforts of dozens of volunteers every year – including community members and parishioners – who make our event one of the most successful church fairs in the Plainview/Old Bethpage area. The fair helps support our budget that enables us to support many ministries, including our interfaith/ecumenical community outreach, as well as our global outreach programs such as partnering with our friends in Haiti.
Do you know any kids who want to learn about the Bible and Jesus in an age-appropriate and special way? Invite them to Sunday School at St. Margaret’s!
In our children’s program, kids meet friends and get to know God through an exciting time of worship, Bible stories and small-group time. For this year, I would like to emphasize the three basic truths that will guide each one of us:
1.) I need to make the wise choice.
2.) I can trust God no matter what.
3.) I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Blessing of the Animals will take place at both services on Oct. 8, the Sunday following the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
In the Scriptures, the act of blessing means “the imparting of power or life.” The person performing the blessing is mediating that power from God or Christ to the person or the animal involved. To bless is more than an expression of goodwill and caring — to bless is to impart God's power in person! The blessing of each animal, by name, means that health, healing and life are being mediated from God for the benefit of the animal in its relationship with its human partners. Consider reinforcing our common kinship by blessing ALL animals -- human and otherwise.