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Dear Friends,

     This place has never looked better for some time now. We have plants and flowers, trimmed woods, a new flagpole, and soon to come a newly paved driveway. We have new chairs, new parish hall carpeting, and painted walls. We have fixed the boiler and the chimney. There are other things we have done that I am sure I am forgetting. While it is nice to have a wonderful building to worship in. One that shows our pride and thankfulness in what we have and what we have been given to sustain this place, it is not everything we strive for here at St. Gregory's. What we do in the community, nation, and globally in terms of mission is equally important. Loving our neighbors (and understanding with expansive spirit-driven minds who those neighbors are) is equally important.
     One of the pluses about this place that I have heard many speak of (and I see and feel myself) is how well we all get along in spite of what is going on in our country. We do have differing opinions. Yet, this does not seem to be a problem for the people of St. Gregory's. We show respect and honor each other at all times no matter our differences. It is a kind and gentle place. We could be a role model for others to follow. When I first began my ministry here five years ago, I said to the Bishop and Canon Bill Spaid that I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. Canon Spaid said to me, maybe it will not. And guess what, it has not. I am so very grateful to the people of St. Gregory's for being so smart, so kind, so respectful, and so supportive. Thank you, God! And, five years later - Thank you, people of St. Gregory's!

     
Warmly, and with many blessings,
Mother Lily