Dear Friends in Christ,
I hated team sports growing up (because I hated all sports growing up, honestly). It wasn’t until about five years ago that I gave it I try. I learned to row, skimming up and down the Potomac River in a sleek boat with seven other novices and one very loud coxswain. The boat felt like it was flying when all of us rowed together, a machine faster than any one person could create.
When was the last time you joined a team?
You may remember that in Grace Notes I shared a terminology change. Instead of talking about committees (which maintain the status quo), I have been thinking of teams (which are powerful agents of change). This church is raising up new leaders—vestry leaders and parish leaders in partnership—to work in different program areas. They are the coxswains who will direct us forward.
But we need power in our boat, too. And so I am asking you, as we look past Lent into the new life of Easter, to think about what team you might join. Do you want our parish to model true inclusivity? Maybe work towards fellowship opportunities that break down the walls of difference or cliques. Do you drive through Chirilagua on your way to church and wonder if the people living there have the resources they need? Become a part of the outreach team.
Read the announcements in this week’s Friday email to see what calls to you. (By the way—there’s a note in there from our livestreaming crew, the Saint Isidore Guild. Are you secretly proud of the way you rose to the challenge of Zoom this past year? This team is definitely for you!)
And then hold up your hand. Call me, call a team leader, call whomever can get you on board. Your team is waiting for you.
Yours in Christ,