The end of the school year is close in sight, along with graduations and celebrations at all levels. This also spells the end of our program year in Christian Education, choirs, and youth groups here at Christ Church Cathedral. In this Messenger, Canon Wagner and Music Director Christopher Powell extend their thanks to all of our teachers, volunteers, and musicians. On Sunday, May 15, the Day of Pentecost, we will recognize and pray for our graduating seniors and express our thanks to all the folks who have kept our young people's programs humming over the past program year. During our hospitality time, there will be hot dogs for everyone!
I would like to express my special thanks to all the members of the Cathedral Family who have worked so hard this year to take our Cathedral hospitality to new heights. Their generous and gracious offerings have supported our music programs, our youth programs, our outreach, and our parish life. They have gone to special lengths to support the ministry of our new bishop, and for that I am especially thankful. The offering of comfort and care through food and drink and conversation and beautiful spaces is at the core of our ministry and supports everything we are and do.
Above all, I am thankful for the hard work of the Cathedral staff: Canon Dan Wagner, Provost Carolyn Jeffers, Music Director Christopher Powell, Choir Director Katie Powell, Financial Secretary Brenda Stanton, Parish Secretary Marla Reis, Assistant to the Provost Michelle Wilson, Youth Coordinator Sarah Bolt, Children's Coordinator Corinne Betbeze, and Housekeeper Judy Jones. They rolled directly from last summer's consecration into a busy year of programs and events without missing a beat. They are an incredible team who work together so smoothly and well that their work looks effortless. But it's not! Please say "thank you" to them during the month of May and offer thanks for them and their ministry in your prayers.
This summer will not be as full and busy as last year, but we will still be working to produce Vacation Bible School, and there will be organ concerts and youth events to look forward to. And, of course, the steeple work will go on. Mostly, we will be reviewing the past year and planning for the program year that will begin after Labor Day. But first, as this year of activity draws to a close, we will take time to give thanks for the year that was and the people who made it happen.