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From Fr. John: With mixed emotions, we bid a fond adieu to Fr. John Fergueson, our Associate Priest Emeritus. He is attending St. John’s Kirkland for the foreseeable future, which means that he can be closer to Ginny, his wife, whose health requires him to be close by. They can also sit together at church, which is a rare gift for clergy and their spouses!
Fr. John is also an acquaintance of the new rector at St. John where he will also likely be asked to become an Associate. He is currently presiding at Sunday services until the new rector arrives. We will, of course, miss him dearly and we will keep them all in our hearts and prayers, and hope to see him from time to time!
“Red Tent’ gatherings: There are two Red Tent gatherings scheduled for January. They are opportunities for women to gather monthly to share a meal and reflect on how the month’s theme spoke to them. The theme(s) for January: “Margin” (breathe, unconventional, declutter, dream) These are notions that direct the flow of conversation from the time of arrival until we depart, and there is also space for breath and rest.
These are pot-luck gatherings and the next (with four spots still open) is on Monday, January 13th at 5:00 p.m. at Sharon Nelson’s residence in Des Moines. Then there is a gathering on Sunday, January 19th at 1:00 p.m. in the St. John’s room (with five spots still open) that Sue Chamberlain will host. If you are interested, please contact Sharon or Sue. Their contact information is in the church directory.
Next week’s readings:
- Isaiah 42:1-9
- Psalm 29
- Acts 10:34-43
- Matthew 3:13-17