Greetings from Rock Point and the Bishop’s House, where I’m about ready to head for some vacation time. Before I do so, I wanted to send out a summer greeting to you, and give you an update on the good work and success so far of the Alleluiafund. To date over 165 of you have made generous gifts or pledges to the Alleluiafund, and so far we have in hand about $25,000 in gifts and pledges. That’s a great start to our campaign, and I’m very grateful for the support and generosity that so many of you are demonstrating.
One of the ministries that gets supported through the Alleluiafund is the Rock Point Summer Camp, and things are well under way at camp this summer with great staff, a wonderful group of campers — I’ve been down a few times already to visit with them during the course of the summer — they are having a great time, and the staff under the leadership of Sherry Osborn, our camp director, are doing a great job of providing them a great Christian camping experience.
I also wanted to remind you and invite to participate in the Alleluia Open, the golf tournament that supports the Alleluiafund. That’s scheduled for Saturday, September 10 at Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes. We’re looking for a great turnout of golfers. We also need lots of volunteers to help with the event. And we also need people, congregations, groups to be hole sponsors and tournament sponsors to help raise the money that the Alleluiafund needs from the Alelluia Open to meet our goal. It’s a great opportunity for fellowship and fun and all the proceeds go right to the Alleluiafund and its ministries. So sign up for that if you’re able, and even if you’ve never played golf before, we’d love for you to come and share the event with us, and maybe even be a volunteer.
So as we head out for some summer vacation, my hope for you is that your summer has some time for rest and recreation, and that whatever time you spend with friends and family in the beauty of Vermont or wherever your plans might take you this summer, that you do so with joy in your heart and a sense of hope and a sense of wonder at the beauty of God’s creation all around us. Ann and I will be heading out for some time together with our friends and family, and we look forward to that time of rest and recreation for us as well.
So, happy summer to you all. Do support the Alleluiafund. We need the generosity that you provide to make it a success.
May God bless you as you continue your many ministries, and continue our life together as the Episcopal Church in Vermont, where we seek to engage God’s mission faithfully and fruitfully and with compassion, energy and the kind of evangelical committment to Jesus and to the Jesus movement that is so much of a part of our life together. God bless you, and may you have a great summer. Bye for now.