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A Turkey Day Message from your Pastor
How do we describe the feelings that all of us are experiencing as Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas approaches? For many, it may be a time of mourning… yearning for the world – the holidays we once knew… yearning to be safely reunited with our loved ones around the Turkey Table, yearning to be once again with those who are no longer with us, yearning to safely travel without fear of a lurking invisible darkness that can infect us and our loved ones, yearning to worship, shop, visit, attend class, theater, sporting events… to live and enjoy as we once knew. And so, once again, my favorite holiday approaches & most likely it will be a virtual feast with those I love and cherish. Yet, despite all that has changed and all that we long for there is still so much to be thankful for… the ability to still worship, learn, visit… connect… virtually or in person… the ability to still share and experience our faith journeys, God’s unlimited love and forgiveness, as well as the gift of each and every one of you and how we all have come together as a parish family to adjust, help, uplift and behold each other to still love, believe and give praise to God along with our hopes, questions, fears, loneliness and gratitude. This holiday season I am especially and personally grateful for your continued prayers, greetings, encouragement, love, faith and many kindnesses that carry/uplift me through my recent surgeries. A current Walmart Commercial states, “What we needed changed this year… but what is truly essential didn’t change at all. Let us end the year with what matters.” Deacon Frank, Father Bob and Dobby the Church Cat send prayerful warmest wishes for every Blessing to be with you and your loved ones. Enjoy the bird and may whatever is “Foul” (I couldn’t resist the pun!) evaporate along with the calories! Enjoy, be grateful and connect with those you love!

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November 22, 2020
Mt 25:31-46

Giving till it hurts

     Got one of those neighbors that borrows incessantly? Or maybe a family member whose every conversation starts, “I was wondering if you could….”  These repeated demands can become quite a burden until we’re savvy enough to find defenses. We stop returning calls, even fib about our available time and resources. It’s a shabby way of setting boundaries to protect ourselves, boundaries that keeps God out.

      Jesus made it clear that when someone expresses a need to us, it’s our job to help. He didn’t say go and help only if someone truly needs it. Jesus simply stated whatever you do to others, you do to Him. It’s Jesus on the phone line when you ignore the call. It’s Jesus’ face at the door asking to borrow yet another power tool, or food, or money. You see, the Savior didn’t die on the cross just for the comfortable, nice, polite people of the world. He gave everything for everyone, even the irritating, selfish, annoying ones.  How can we dare to do anything less? 

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Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.