What a wonderful year it has been celebrating 50 years of ministry in this place! We were blessed to have Bishop Jeffrey Lee join us on September 10th for our annual Outdoor Eucharist/Sunday School Kick-Off/Parish Picnic. It was an excellent way to close our anniversary celebration! Many thanks to all who helped plan, set up, and clean up for that day, and all the events of this past year. It's been a joy to remember all the blessings of the past fifty years! It's hard to believe a year as gone by since we started our Anniversary celebration. God blessed us with beautiful weather, a lovely service, and the fellowship of this community. I am full of gratitude for all that has been and all that is yet to be! Thanks to everyone who came to make our celebration complete!
I look forward to the upcoming program year. Sunday school has started and we have added a new class and teacher to accommodate our growing population. We still would like to add one teacher to share the duties of the extra class. If you're interested, let me or Debbie Wild know. Teachers have the opportunity to share Bible stories with our young ones and nurture their faith. We have some terrific kids at St. Hugh and it's an important ministry to nourish that faith in them. If you would like to be a teacher, you need to have been at St. Hugh’s for a year, and complete the Keeping God’s People Safe Training.
The Keeping God’s Safe Training is done on line with a follow up conversation with me. Level One training which has three parts is required for teaching Sunday school. The purpose of this training is to create a safe environment for all God’s people. I would love to have all the adults in the parish take it whether they want to teach or not. The more people who take the training, the safer our community will be from those who might wish to harm our children. Furthermore, if you have children or grandchildren in your life, the material will be beneficial for you beyond our parish family. You can access the training at: http://www.safeguardingonline.org You sign in with your email as your user name and the password is: diochicago312 The diocese requires us to repeat this training every 5 years. If you have taken this in the past, and need to renew, your old user name and password will allow you to access the site as well. Please feel free to contact me if you are having any difficulties signing on to take the course. Following each section, there is a quiz, but if you answer anything incorrectly it allows you to review the material and answer again.
Last week, in Rector’s Class, we began a study on Prayer that we will continue through October using the booklet Prayer Changes Things. So far we have only gone through the introduction so it's not too late to join in the study. There are ten reflections with a related Bible passage for each one. We will go over two a week. The readings are brief, but all focused on prayer. The reading commitment is not taxing but will hopefully stimulate our prayer lives. When we meet on Sundays, we will have time to discuss our experiences with prayer and hopefully expand our opportunities for developing a deeper prayer life. All are welcome!
We have some fun events also planned for this month, beginning with the Pet Blessing at the 10:30AM service on October 1st. On October 14th we are doing another Sip and Paint for the adults. Proceeds for this event will go to the St Hugh Scholarship for Summer Camp fund. Finally, on Saturday October 28th we will be having our annual Halloween Party for the children. Happy fall to all of us!! May this new season bring new opportunities to grow in God’s grace!