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Many Alleluias, Many Thanks

Greetings Trinitarians -

The purpose of my report today is to thank God and you for such a meaningful celebration of Holy Week. Not only do I personally benefit from the contemplation of our Lord in his final week, I especially enjoy sharing the journey with each of you and am so encouraged by the way God moves in us by his grace. For God has "raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6).

Amongst the many people to thank, let's begin with Lisa Fruge, who managed the daily bulletin and a myriad other details with her typical aplomb. Then allow me to thank our Readers for proclaiming the scriptures so well, our Musicians and Children's Choir for leading us in praise, the AV Guild for integrating the new sound system, our Altar Guild for extensive preparation and clean-up, the Ground Guild for making the property so beautiful, (especially for the egg hunt prepared by the Children's Ministry), and the Prayer Guild for providing a spiritual covering over it all.

I also have some exciting news to share with respect to our Lenten collection for St Joseph's Diner. On Easter I shared that we had raised more than $1250 during the Lenten season. Penn Tompkins used the news of our donation to request a match from a national food service provider, and today it was approved, which brings the total donation above $2500! Thanks be to God. As I mentioned on Sunday, our Easter cash offerings will support Christ Church Rio Grande Valley. More info on that to come.

Finally, in my Easter sermon I read a John Donne poem, "Death be not proud." I've published an article with text of the poem and commentary, available on Anglican Compass here.

In Christ -