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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. John’s,

Thank you so much for welcoming me as your Priest-in-Charge with a BBQ last Sunday. Mary and I were truly touched by your warm hospitality. Thank you to all who worked tirelessly to prepare and cook food, provide the plates, cups, and flatware, and for talking with newcomers and our friends from the Wakefield Congregational Church. Finally, to those who stayed to clean up after the festivities, thank you for your time and effort.

As I thought about the warm welcome that you gave to Mary, myself, and the many visitors who dropped by, I was reminded of the mission of St. John the Baptist Church: The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ in worship, fellowship, and outreach. We nurture our church family in body, mind and spirit, we bring children to know the ways of the Lord and we reach out in love to the community and the world. The church doors are open and we welcome ALL people. Come and break bread with us. Come pray with us. Come stay with us.

Then I watched last night’s news and also read the morning paper, only to see the heartbreaking photograph of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria found Monday. They had drowned in the Rio Grande while seeking refuge in the United States.