On behalf of TEC and the Episcopal Diocese of Rio Grande it was my privilege to open the doors and preside at Holy Eucharist this morning.
I did not have time or resources for a whole new sign but I did get our logo out there, and the word "Episcopal."
The church as they left it; the church as it looked this morning.
The new frontal is made of green African fabric that has been waiting in my fabric collection for a worthy purpose. It was just the right size to hem and hang on the altar too. A friend picked up flowers. I brought in my Ethiopian processional cross for the occasion, though it is safely back home now.
Attendance: a hefty 4. An offering was taken and will be turned in to the diocese.
Someone from the break away group parked next door and watched to see who and how many showed up. If we are threatening, we must be doing something right.
Afterward my friend and I went to the 66 Diner and had retro comfort food: meat loaf for me and chicken fried steak for her, both with mashed potatoes and gravy.
So, we have a building (two in fact) but no church (the people). Pray for God to raise up leaders with the hearts of missioners, for wise and creative and effective communication and outreach. There is opportunity here.
Rehydrating and resting this evening.
Blessed be Godde.