From Your Minister of Congregational Care

From Your Minister of Congregational Care

Dear Folks,
Welcome to November!  Thank you to the Care Team Co-Chairs, Cathy Tata and Michelle Murphy and to all the Pastoral Associates for offering me such a spirit of welcome these last few months at Piedmont.  This is an amazing beloved community—filled with kind people who truly do care about one another.  Thank you, as well, to all those who volunteer, to those who bake casseroles, to those who deliver those casseroles, and to those who make phone calls or visits or send cards of caring during life’s moments of joy as well as sorrow.  You are a gift, and I am most grateful.

The Care Team is hosting a presentation this month On Addiction and Treatment Options by member Lauren Neal who is a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Therapist.  Please plan to join us for this informative workshop on November 20 at 12:45 at the University Gathering.  Reserve a $5 boxed lunch from Jason’s Deli by clicking on the link found in the newsletter’s more detailed announcement about this event (or bring your own lunch or simply join us for the workshop).

For your contemplation this month, I offer the following quote from one of my favorite writers of prayers, Bishop Steven Charleston:

“Here is a quiet word to all who need to hear it. We are not good by any measure of perfection, but by our willingness to learn and to grow. We are not great because we exercise power, but because we can transform ourselves through faith. We are not strong when we deny the hurt, but when we strive to heal it. We are blessed to be who we are, even if we come from struggle, for we know more of grace by the wounds we carry, more of what it means to be still standing whole and unafraid. We are believers not by what we are told, but by what we ourselves have lived.”

Peace and Gratitude,
Rev. Mary Frances