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Things are happening!

  • This Sunday a quartet of singers from Shattuck-St. Mary’s Episcopal School will be with us during the 10 a.m. service.
  •  “How we worship” discussions continue at
    • 9 a.m. in the Fireside Room and
    • “Reflecting on our Worship” following the 10 a.m. service is moving from the Great Choir to the Library! So we can have coffee while we meet.
    • Annual Meeting plans are in full swing!  Sunday, January 23, following the 10 a.m. service. All will join together in the gym for lunch.  Bring a dish to share!
    • Looking ahead:  We are planning an Easter Vigil!  This is one of the most important liturgical events in the church calendar.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, April 23rd at 7 p.m.
    • People are flying off to Kayoro Village next week!
    • New members are joining!
    • 8 a.m. Sunday Service to be held in the Chapel for the month of February.  Experimenting!
    • The Search Committee is working diligently on your behalf.

Reflections on “What Makes a Good Leader.”

Back in 2008 when we were being inundated with political advertisements, Rick Warren, author of A Purpose Driven Life, wrote an article for “Ladies’ Home Journal” entitled, “What Makes A Great President?” The article was so interesting that I kept it and have referred back to it on several occasions.  As you consider some of the characteristics you want in your next rector you might find some of these qualities applicable.


Great leaders genuinely care for and love the people they lead more than they love leading itself.


True leaders don’t just act, they think.


Great leaders inspire. They maintain a hopeful attitude, even in the face of discouraging setbacks, constant criticism and abundant opposition. People don’t follow discouraged leaders. They follow those who persist with hope.


Great leaders stay focused on their objectives.


When the situation requires it and the cause is worth the cost, leaders do not hesitate to take risks.


Some people believe that when it comes to their leaders, private lives don’t matter, but we see in the media every day that that’s not the case. Their sins may be personal, but they’re definitely not private.

I’ll see you in Church!



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