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At our special vestry meeting on May 31st we approved a motion to request of the Diocese that we list the rectory for sale, the Diocese has given that permission and in the next few weeks the for sale sign will go up on the lawn at the rectory. Following the sale ( which another Vestry Meeting and the Bishop will have to approve of ) the proceeds will be invested with the Diocese of Niagara investment plan and the interest earned will assist with our annual budget. Jennifer and I have purchased a home in Fort Erie and we are both looking forward to a summer of home renovation and gardening.

As we enter this long season of Pentecost we are invited to reflect on the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the many ways in which we have been blessed. Certainly for me that includes being your Rector. Thank you very much for the surprise 50th birthday BBQ and golf day. I had a great time – turning 50 wasn’t so bad after all!

Included in this newsletter is a request to complete a pledge card in support of our annual budget. The summer is unfortunately a time when our revenue does not meet our expenses and in the four months of the fall it is difficult to climb back out of that deficit. Please take the time to consider what you can do to financially support the ministry of St. Paul’s and help us remain financially strong.

I wish all of you the blessings of God’s Spirit in your lives this summer as we enjoy the warmer months and the opportunities for time with our families and friends to rest and ‘re-create’ ourselves. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t invite you to church this summer as we celebrate the Sundays of Pentecost, and our new air conditioners which will keep us much more comfortable in the church during the hot days of summer!

Your friend in Christ.

Mark +

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