Palm Sunday was a wonderful day for us as a parish and we have much for which we should be thankful:
* I am grateful that the rain held off at 2 key times: (1) On Saturday morning we were able to have our Easter Egg hunt outside (1,200 eggs and 33 kids - those who braved the cool weather hit the jackpot!) and (2) on Sunday morning we were able to process with palms around the block (I hope that this is the beginning of a new tradition here at St. Marks!).
* We received our annual Episcopal visit from Bishop Hicks, who welcomed 23 people who have joined our parish in the last 6 months. Let us give thanks to God for His work amongst us. As we celebrate those whom God has added to our number (including those regular attenders who, though not "officially" members of the parish are none-the-less very much a part of our family here), let us also give thanks for the many who have been faithful servants here for many years. On Sunday the Bishop entered Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Mitchell into the Bishop's Book of Appreciation, honoring them for their 20+ years of faithful service in the Reformed Episcopal Church, many of those years having been spent here at St. Marks.
* I am also very thankful to announce that last night Bernie (and his team) heard the new pipe organ play for the first time. We are not quite ready to completely disconnect the electric organ which we currently use, so the new organ is not going to played during services yet - BUT Bernie has agreed to play the postlude on Easter Sunday on the new organ.
Finally - allow me to strongly encourage and exhort each of you to attend the remaining services of Holy Week. You will find a reminder as to the schedule below.
Fr. Patterson, Rector