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From the Staff @ HIEC

Everything Old is New Again

School has begun, people are thinking about football and cooler temperatures (praying for both), and life is settling into a routine as summer comes to a close. That also means that plans for our fall are being finalized and a return to our regular schedule is just around the corner (remember, 8 and 10 on September 11 for our special 9-11 liturgy; resuming fall schedule on September 18).

In preparation for this fall, your staff sought input. We listened to thoughts about Sunday formation, Wednesday evening programming, and other opportunities to deepen relationships with God and one another. Your input fostered good discussion and brought a revitalized energy to our discussions about what to offer.

On Sundays, we will continue to keep the same focus for our liturgies. The day will start with the 8:00 Holy Eucharist in Christ Chapel, a quiet service without hymns. At 9:00 we will continue to focus on intergenerational participation and will build the children’s choirs and chapel to support the younger ones among us. The 11:15 will offer the best of Anglican music, a sung liturgy, and be our “higher church” offering. And of course, the 6:00 Celtic will continue to be a contemplative space with instrumental music and experiential practices, which we plan to augment.

We want Sundays to be our best foot forward for formation among all ages. So Children’s Ministry is getting a boost from Interim Director Melissa Liipfert, focusing on an engaging, fun approach to the faith. Youth will be find in a wider array of classes, those preparing for confirmation as well as those who are just trying to figure out the place of faith in life (that sounds good for all of us!)

For adults, we have spent much time discerning how to improve our Forum. We are going to focus on our theme of “Your Place for Faith” but expanding to topics like “Your Place for Mission or Prayer or Community,” involving more people in presentations and relying less on break out groups.

During the week, we offer several Bible studies, EFM, small groups, and Foyers. Later in the Fall, the priests will offer a “menu” of topics that small groups can choose for a presentation, an approach we learned from our friends at Temple Sinai about which we are excited.

Because of traffic, challenges to food service, and additional input, we will not offer the Parson’s Table each week. Instead, the Parson’s Table will appear in various forms, one which we will call The Moveable Feast. Watch the calendar for a Moveable Feast about once per month, sometimes a little more often. For these, we will offer a program for children and adults as well as opportunities for worship and a meal.

And of course, there’s a great music program lined up, our weekday liturgies, and many, many more groups and things to do . . . . . and on September 18, be sure to come to the Forum to hear exciting news about our mission in the world through our outreach with great opportunities for you to get involved.

We are excited about this fall in Your Place for Faith and hope to see you here often with renewed energy for how God is calling in your life.

Grace and peace,

Michael+

Comments (1)

Debbie Vaky on Aug 26, 2016 4:57pm

Looking forward to fall!

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