Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


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Giving at Christmas & A Sabbatical Plan

  • The Rev. Bob Dannals
  • Dec 14, 2017
  • Category: General
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One of the most profound things we can do for one another is to model a giving which is healthy, is proportionate to our circumstances, is honest, and demonstrates that we need not be diminished by our giving.

In other words, our giving is meant to be cheerful, effective and a true reflection of the fundamental abundance of creation.

I’ve met people along the way of my life and ministry who have seemed to learn those deep lessons from parents or from other admirable mentors. But I really did learn this lesson in and from the church. And I am passionate to make the church a place where others can receive that life-giving lesson.

To make the giving goal the Vestry and Stewardship Team have set for this parish for next fiscal year, we need to hear from a substantial number of members, friends, attenders and other givers of record who have not yet registered their intention (pledge) to support the ministries and outreach of our congregation.

If it were just fundraising, it might be simpler. But this is our community. This is where we place our values. This is where we hope to bring good news to the world. Real giving to our parish touches the core of our being.

Why would any of us want to miss that?

If you haven’t pledged, you’ll continue to hear from us — graciously. Please let go of the fantasy that others will do it for you. This opportunity is for you!

And speaking of outstanding opportunities ... The Vestry is designating the Christmas offering evenly between outreach and children, youth and families at Holy Innocents’. It’s a wonderful balance of reaching out and reaching in — making a huge difference on two fronts. Please be generous when you come to church on Christmas Eve or Day.

A blessed Advent and Christmas to you and yours, and thanks for your generosity.

Bob Dannals

A Sabbatical Plan for Lisa Zaina and Buddy Crawford

“Sabbath” literally means “to cease, to rest, to stop doing what one is presently doing” for a time. Its Hebraic intent is to portray life as rhythmic; a life-design that includes both work and rest, action and reflection, intensive and extensive experiences, play and study. Weekly rest, as in days off; annual rest, as in vacations; and periodic longer times of renewal and study are vital to the mind, the body, and the spirit.

When the Revs. Lisa Zaina and Buddy Crawford came to Holy Innocents’, the rector established with them an arrangement whereby each would receive a six-week sabbatical period following three full-time successive years of service. They have now surpassed their three years, so the Vestry and I would like to honor the commitment made to them. But during this time of interim and transition, we don’t have the luxury of each priest taking six weeks. Thus, both priests will hold and carry forward two of those weeks for another time in the near future.

Beginning on January 1st, Lisa Zaina will be away for the month, returning to be present for Sunday, February 4th. Buddy will depart on February 1st, returning at the end of the month. These are possible within the short window before I depart Holy Innocents’ on Sunday, February 25.

I extend my thanks to Lisa and Buddy for their extraordinary work among us, I wish them both a nice, albeit short, break, and I offer gratitude to the Vestry for recognizing the value of sabbatical leave and for their support of Lisa and Buddy.

Bob Dannals

Comments (1)

Lynne Eckman on Dec 15, 2017 1:09pm

We are blessed to have both Buddy and Lisa. Their sabbaticals are well deserved, and you are kind to enable them to take part of it before your departure!