September 2, 2020

Dear Friends,

You know that old saying, “The only thing constant is change”? Well, 2020 has proven that many times over. But not everything has been a change for the worse. (Believe it or not!)

A little over a week ago, we had our first Virtual Masked Ball. And it was a hoot! We raised a good bit of money ($4400 as of today), had some fun, and got to interact with old (new to me) friends. Margot Emery and the Special Events Committee outdid themselves!

An interesting thing we discovered when giving out the baskets on Saturday was that we have new people in our community who have come in through our virtual worship. We met a family of four who have been watching online and wanted to be a part of the day. It really warmed my heart.

It’s easy to list the changes that we haven’t liked in the past six months. But there have been some treats as well. For me, here are a few of the good things that have happened recently in no particular order:

●    We’re reaching new families and individuals through online offerings.
●    I can go to meetings with the Bishop without driving to Miami!
●    We’ve created a congregation of folks who gather everyday at 7:30 for Morning Prayer!

Now it’s your turn--what unexpected gift have you unwrapped since March? Simply hit reply to this email. I’d love to hear what you are grateful for today!

I hope that this newsletter finds you in good health and leaves you in a better place with updates about your church family. There’s so much going on all of the time in our lives that we only get to know a snippet of news about our friends. Remember to reach out to each other and keep all of us in your prayers.

Peace to you all,

Rev. Cori Olson
Rector, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

P.S. Don’t forget to reply to this email to share with me what you're grateful for today!
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