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Good "things"at Grace

posted May 8, 2013, 7:59 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated May 8, 2013, 7:59 AM by in apropos ]
This week we're going to play "guess the theme of this week's From the Warden".
 
Here are some clues.
 
First, we had excellent open meetings in the Large Hall on April 21st and April 28th.  Many of you shared your thoughts about what Grace Church needs in a future rector.   The vestry spent some time last Sunday reading through those remarks, and we will be scheduling a special session to spend several more dedicated hours to studying what you all said in those meetings.   It's not at all too late to speak with or email either warden with anything you'd like to share.
 
What's up with Property?   After some issues with the electronic lock on the door outside the office, we decided to change locksmiths to get better after-hours coverage.   Thanks to Marian who took care of this for us.    

Our sexton Jeff, with architectural help from Scott, is going to install a handicapped-accessible entrance to the Riverside Counseling building.  I'm so grateful to both of them.
 
We have estimates from three contractors for masonry work and slate repair (an annual thing for a slate roof).  All three estimates are many thousands of dollars less than the last time we had a masonry estimate for the same work some years ago.  We'll do the work shortly.
 
The Property Chairs of all the Episcopal congregations in Newton will be meeting on May 13th at St. John's for a joint session sharing information and common concerns.  This will be our second joint property meeting.
 
The Finance Committee met about two weeks ago with three new members, who bring a strong background in finance and fresh eyes overseeing good stewardship of our endowment.   Thank you, Jennifer, Susan and Todd as well as all you faithful ongoing members.
 
Lastly, I want to thank the middle schoolers and fellow teachers Lisa and Margaret for a tremendously fun Walk for Hunger last week.   We covered ten miles - and Lisa accompanied three of the kids on an additional five miles!  All to raise money for those in need.  And there's always an opportunity to sit in on a class with these great kids on a one-time or occasional basis as a doorkeeper or second adult.  Ask any Sunday School teacher or Fiona or me.
 
Ok, now guess the theme.
 
You're absolutely right!   All this good activity around "things seen" are outward and visible signs of "things unseen" - the love of God moving in our midst.  Unearned, yet lavished so freely and generously.  Rockin'!
 
David Barbrow
Senior Warden
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