Sisters and Brothers
On Sunday, during coffee-hour, we held an informal “check-in” with folks regarding our efforts to be more welcoming of our Latino sisters and brothers. (I encouraged folks to read the blog I had posted last Sunday on our Church App.) The overwhelming comments shared were positive. One concern raised was that our worship service might last longer because we’re doing things in Spanish and in English. Our goal is not to duplicate everything in the liturgy, but rather Br. Ray and I are trying to “replace” pieces in Spanish so that our Latino sisters and brothers can feel included. This may not be the best approach, but it is one we’re trying for now. We’ll get the balance worked out in time – bear with us.
One thing that somewhat surprised me on Sunday was that few of us seem to be using the Church App as a way to stay connected and for information. If you haven’t yet added this app to your smart phone, I hope you will do so. It provides us a quick way to reach out to folks. It offers a list of upcoming events, videos, blogs, and prayer requests. As a “family” who strives to care for one another, I would urge ALL of us to begin using the prayer feature on the app. You can post your own prayer request and respond to other’s requests.
At our informal gathering I also did a bit of bragging about our Vestry. I am impressed that this group seems to be willing to live out our Mission by demonstrating gracious hospitality and welcome – not only regarding our Latino sisters and brothers, but also in regard to the college students who will be joining us this Friday for our Spaghetti and Concert. If you haven’t heard, please read the article below. We’ll host about 55 college folks who will be spending the night in our Parish Hall. The coordinator said that she reached out to over 100 churches in Tulsa, and we were the first to open our doors to them. I think this says something about us – and for that I am quite proud!
To read more: Around the Parish, March 15, 2018