From the Rector’s Desk—July 2015

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Despite Summer’s  Slower Pace, Building Projects Fully Underway

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It seems that summer is only getting started by July 4. The weather is finally, at long last pre-dictably warmer. Then something strange occurs. The rest of the season simply vanishes from sight very quickly. Once July is over, school and university will beckon again and the overall rhythm of town will be back to “normal” too soon. May all who travel this month have safe journeys. While many of us are away—on vacation, at Council, etc.—construction on our parish’s building projects will proceed.

Related: Coverage on the Chapel’s building progress on the Chapel of the Holy Spirit website.

A few years back, a parishioner remarked that the parish had hoped to start a new church sometime in the future. We just didn’t know that it would be over 50 miles away in Snyder County. But God is gracious.

On Sunday, June 28, the next step was taken to establish our mission there by breaking ground and blessing the foundation stone for the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Beavertown. A large contingent from State College attended.

With all the requisite permits now in hand, con-struction will begin in earnest on July 6. Since this is a 180-day project, it just might be possible to be in the building by Christmas. That is something to pray for. And what a Christmas present that will make, not for ourselves but for Christ and for all whom He will call to salvation in that place.

Many thanks, as well, to all those who contributed to the Chapel Building Fund Appeal during the month of June. A total of $2,305 was donated and greatly appreciated by the Chapel faithful.

In mid-June our other building project got off the ground when remodeling began on Trinity House next door. Everything is on schedule to complete by the end of summer. A preview for college students and parents is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 22 to coincide with move-in day.

May you have a blessed summer.    — Fr. John

Also from Father’s Desk…

  • Vacation Bible School Shout Out: Many thanks to Deacon Mark, Matushka Kelly, and all the VBS gang who helped direct, teach, and feed the kiddoes at this year’s “Armor of God” Vacation Bible School. (In all there were ten middle/high school helpers and eight adult teachers.) Some of my fondest memories as a child were those spent at VBS from the mid ’50s and into the early ’60s. I hope that proves to be the same for our children at Holy Trinity as well.
  • Your Prayers are especially requested for Juris and Marie Draguns who were injured in a freak car accident en route to church a few Sundays back. They are recuperating in the Anthony Wing of Foxdale Village.