The summer issue of The Messenger emphasizes the means of communication we use to stay connected to each other as Christ Church Cathedral family and friends. This is especially important during the summer months, when many of us are away from our homes and routines here in Mobile, out enjoying rest and recreation in the wide world God has made. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, look for us on Instagram, visit our website to read or hear sermons, see photos, find links to all sorts of information and inspiration, and sign up for our weekly e-blasts. Just because you are away, you don't have to be out of touch!
My family and I will be away during the middle of July, enjoying time together and traveling a bit to see old friends and enjoy a change of scene. Canon Wagner will be here to take care of pastoral needs. I will certainly be staying in touch as work proceeds on the structural component of the steeple project and the steeple itself is being constructed in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
When I return in late July, we will begin to implement some of the plans for the next program year that have been made this summer. In its June meeting, the Vestry approved two projects that you will be hearing more about during late summer and early fall. We will begin a process of discerning how best to move forward with the elements of our master plan for the Cathedral campus. To do this in a clear and measured way, the Vestry has decided to engage the services of Tom Hanrahan and his company, Southeast Advancement Services. Much more information about this will be forthcoming as the new program year gets underway. The other project approved by the Vestry is a period of study and renewal for me during the summer of 2017. A committee comprised of Vestry leadership and parishioners will work with me in planning my time away, along with support for Canon Wagner during my absence and planning parish life for the congregation. This will be an exciting project of growth for us all, and I am looking forward to the process. You will definitely be hearing more about this during the months ahead.
As we move more deeply into summer, please keep Christ Church Cathedral in your thoughts and prayers and stay connected in all the many wonderful ways now available to us.