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From the Staff @ HIEC

Easter Sunday @ Holy Innocents'

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Easter Sunday at Holy Innocents was glorious! Over 1300 people came to our 5 services and sang gloriously to announce God’s continuing resurrection in our world. The flowers and altars were lovingly prepared in the nave and Christ Chapel, choirs “welcomed happy morn,” and children giggled and laughed throughout the egg hunt. We wore our Easter finest and posed for pictures at the flowered cross. What a beautiful and transformational day for our parish!

And through your generosity, over 220 bags of food were given to Community Assistance Center. Almost 3000 pounds of highly needed canned goods and other items made their way onto the shelves of our local front line agency to combat poverty and prevent homelessness. I thank everyone for the generous response. I also thank our friends at Temple Sinai for allowing us to use their Second Helpings truck for transport.

You also responded generously to our Easter offering. This offering, along with our Christmas offering, provides outreach funding over and above our budgeted and designed outreach funds. The outreach team will help several agencies through your gifts, continuing to bring resurrected light to those still stuck in darkness.

I am also happy to announce the appointment of a task force to discern how God is calling us as the people of Holy Innocents. We have a special calling by God to serve children; it is our name. As you recall, the Holy Innocents were the children that King Herod killed when threatened by a new day in Christ. When we use their name now, referring to the Holy Innocents of our Day, we denote the children who suffer at the hands of violence in our society, knowing that we must do our best to prevent the further exploitation and trafficking of children. I have asked Dave Stockert, Alice Ball, Paula Fowler, Joe Sullivan, and Don Bell to serve in this capacity, looking deeply at the needs of our community and how we can better serve children. As people called to bear Christ’s light into the world, we must respond to prevent any more children from becoming the Holy Innocents of our Day.

I hope that you find a way to get involved in the world as Easter people. The Feast of the Resurrection is not a single day to get dressed up and sing happy hymns; such is merely the beginning. Easter is about being Jesus to those still stuck in darkness, being the light that brings hope to those still suffering. Together, God will lead us as we continue to proclaim “Alleluia! Christ is risen!”

Grace and peace,

 

Michael+

 

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