My front yard with the sun coming in from the east and snow clouds over the island to the west. We have our first bit of snow this morning. If I'm out I should be hearing whistling swans soon. I love winter when it is ok to hibernate, schedule permitting. My schedule now allows that occasionally. Yea!
Jellico eyes the morning treats but stays away. Tim eyes Jellico's portion, gobbles down her own then helps herself to Jellico's while he watches. Jellico knows that he will get his own when she has gone.
People seem to love the larger gold cross I bought at the 100th convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and have worn almost every day since. I have put that away for now. Today I bought a new chain for the tiny silver one I've had for many years. It will be there, just not visible until summer. I've checked out of Christ Church Meadville for now but not out of church.
On my first "free" Sunday I drove to Jamestown, NY where Donna was waiting for me in the 2nd row at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Jay had warned me that getting into the building might be a bit of a challenge as their steeple was hit by lightning and part of the walkways are fenced off. There was a helpful sign so it was no problem.
The All Saints service was very traditional with smoke and bells (rung correctly). The acolytes were well trained and people seemed to know what needed done when. In fact, everything was so well choreographed, so formal it felt like I had gone back in time. But the priest and the deacon are women. grin. The sermon was wonderful. Some of my Christ Church friends would have recognized her words.
The deacon led the kids out during the sermon to return after it. St. Luke's does the peace like Christ Church folks tho there were many more there and it took "forever". The people were very friendly. We went to coffee hour afterward. Someone actually pours the tea or coffee into a ceramic cup and hands it to you with a saucer at a window. More formality.
I enjoyed everything and recommend St. Luke's to anyone in the neighborhood.
The plate to the left of the tabs says "Aeolian-Skinner".
They have a chapel that is almost as large as some of the churches in our diocese.
You can see where the lightning struck the right side of the steeple freezing the clocks.
And now for a few clandestine photos. It helps to have a camera which takes decent, if sometimes a bit blurry photos without flash.
For Margaret and Joel who are true disciples ministering to the people on the poorest Native American reservation in the US. And especially for Margaret who has more funerals in a month than most priests have in several years. And thanks for allowing the children to call her Grandma. She is the best possible person/priest in her position. For Peg and Jim. For all those who believe that guns can solve our problems. For our dysfunctional Congress. For Christ Church Meadville. For R and D especially for R. For me. For Ward. For Bro John. For Jim, especially. For those in the church who are distressed. For A as she deals with dysfunction. For Ginny. For Amelia. For Julie Anne. For Danny. For Amy. For J's mom. For Art and Mary. For rain in California. For Jeri. For Caleb and those who research RA. For J and D. For Tim and Ruth. For Ted. For VC and N. For Lee. For S and P.
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