Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Meet Bishop Richard Boyce

One of the joys of the recent synod was getting to know one of our special guests, Bishop Richard Boyce, ordinary of the Diocese of the West, Anglican Province of America. We were blessed to have had +Richard stay after the synod and join the Missionaries of St John as they gathered in clericus. We discovered a very real, gentle and relaxed man of deep convictions and we count it a special joy to have made a new friend . Thank you Bishop Boyce for coming to share with us.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

St John Children Gather Supplies For Shelter

The Sunday School children of the younger classes took on a project for Lent at St John the Apostle Anglican Church, Clinton Township, Michigan. They gathered toys, books, crayons, Disney videos, stuffed animals and other goods for the needs of the children to make their stay at the Oscoda Emergency Homeless Shelter a more blessed experience.

The women of St John also knitted 30 pairs of slippers for the children of the shelter because of a rule that all shoes must stay at the door.

These gifts were presented to Father Thomas Anderson at the Missionary Society clericus gathering. To save gas, Fr. Tom had driven his wife Jackie's Beetle and faced the dubious of challenge of seeing just how many gifts could be stuffed into a VW Beetle. Praise God for the opportunity to be as Christ to the least of these our brothers and sisters.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

MSJ Clericus

On Tuesday morning, after our synodical guests had returned home, the missionaries of St John gathered for a quiet clericus. We reflected on the synod, spoke of ministry, set our eyes on the future and how to fulfill our mission. We heard reports from the Office of Foreign Missions, our work in Tanzania, our home missions and our evangelical call to share Jesus and teach the faith, giving particular attention to our catechism teaching material. Some of us have shared ministry together for decades and we count these hours spent together are precious.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Synod Isn't All Serious

So, what is Synod for?

A time to reconnect and a time to share.

A time to goof around a little.

A time to relax and a time to laugh together.


MSJ - Diocese of St Augustine Synod

The Missionary Society of St John hosted the Diocese of St Augustine in a joint Synod this past week. Much more than a time of church business, the days were filled with worship, fraternity, and the refreshing of the Holy Spirit's presence. A renewed fervor for sharing the Gospel and fulfilling the great commission was evident. Everyone it seemed, was returning to their portion of the vineyard refreshed and invigorated. We praise God!

Bishop Amos A. Fagbamiye of CANA brings greetings and strong words of encouragement.

+Walter Grundorf, APA presiding bishop, addresses the synod.

Thirty-six clergy representing 24 parishes, missions and ministries gather for the obligatory "group shot".

The bishops bless the oil of chrism and the oil of anointing the sick.


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