There were two things that reminded me of our place in history this week. One was rather obvious– the privilege and opportunity to host the Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris for Women’s Journeys Day. During her sermon she led us into the gospel of John and the role of the various Marys in Jesus’ life. During the Adult Forum she shared stories (with her characteristic dry wit and ever-so-slightly in-your-face humor) about the ups and downs of the life of the first woman bishop. It was a great honor to have her with us. She will be 84 in June and is still going strong!
Something else happened later on in the week that would barely be noted on anyone’s calendar, but is also a part of Redeemer’s place in history. Wayne Walton and I greeted some of the local officials responsible for giving historic preservation grants, and took them on a tour. They were able to see the incredible work that has been done so far with the money you have donated and the money they have authorized (much of it government grants of one kind or another). Last I knew, Wayne had secure over $1.3 million in grants to pair with some $400,000+ from the capital campaign that we did in 2008. The work that Wayne does to make these grants happen, and the follow up that Peter Arney and Pat Hintz also do to ensure that there is a Church of the Redeemer for the future is commendable. It is somewhat of a coincidence that in addition to being the building committee (they were on that first) these three gentlemen are now also the wardens (Peter and Wayne) and Treasurer (Pat). Thank you, Wayne, Pat, and Peter!
Yours in faith,