A letter from Jonathan Millard (Rector) was sent via email last week. The text was as follows:
Thank you to everyone who attended one or more of the 12 listening sessions this past month and for all the helpful input and feedback. Approximately 332 adults attended at least one of the listening sessions and we received more than 1,300 specific comments in response to the presentation made, prayer, silence and reflection.
This past Tuesday, the vestry and members of the Capital Campaign Committee met with our Capital campaign Consultant, Ascension’s Owner’s Rep., and six of the architects from Rothschild Doyno Collaborative to receive the Campaign Consultant’s report and recommendations and to engage further with the architectural team.
The meeting heard that 98.1% of all the responses received through the listening process were of a positive and supporting nature toward the proposed solutions to the challenges before us. After our professional advisors left us, the vestry took time to discern the way forward through further prayer and discussion. The vestry was unanimous in resolving to move forward with the next phase of this exciting initiative: “More than Stones: Welcoming our Neighbors, Reaching the Nations.”
As was outlined during the presentations in May, we will now begin the process of visiting with every parishioner beginning with the leaders to invite people to make a sacrificial financial gift/pledge.
There is much more to share. To that end, we are inviting everyone to attend one of two “Town Hall Meetings” at the end of June:
After the 9am service on June 23rd OR
After the 11am service on June 30 (lunch provided)
The purpose of these meetings is to present the findings of our listening groups, give a general progress report, and to provide a forum for additional questions. Childcare (infant to 4 yrs) and activities (K – 5th grade) will be provided at both meetings. We will meet in the New Catacombs.
Please continue to pray:
- For the many people who are not yet part of our church family.
- For one another – we who are the living stones of our church family.
- For these buildings and the ongoing discernment surrounding the work that needs to be done.
- For our part in this adventure: The time is now; It will take a sacrifice from each of us; What is God calling me to do?
Almighty and eternal God, in your goodness you set for your people the chief cornerstone, Jesus Christ, to be the foundation of our faith and the strength of our life together: Grant us grace to so build our lives upon the living Stone that, faithfully and fervently we would declare the light and life of your truth and love to the nations, both here in Pittsburgh and to the ends of the earth, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.