Breathing new life into a new year!
By all accounts, this has been a rough year for just about everyone. While it certainly had its bright moments, it was clouded by a lot of human darkness. From the sickness and loss of the pandemic to an emotionally-charged election, many of us have been working hard to just keep our heads up and our eyes forward. And you know what? That is OK. When the chips are down, we do what we have to find safety, peace, and purpose in our lives. However, as the old saying goes, “this too shall pass”. When it does, St. Joa’s is going to be ready to spring back in action. We need your help to breathe new life into our parish as we enter this new – and hopefully better – year.
With the onset of the pandemic in March, St. Joa’s was forced to close its proverbial doors like so many other institutions. We wait eagerly for the day when we can once again gather safely in groups for fellowship and to celebrate the Eucharist. While Fr. John has tried to keep active online, it was just as difficult for him as it was for you. That said, he is ready to double – no triple – down on his efforts if there is an appetite for it. While we wait for the shelter mandates to be lifted, Fr. John has set up a Zoom account for informal online gatherings. Stay tuned for a schedule of virtual gatherings and discussions. He has also launched a blog for his Sunday homilies that he hopes you will check out. Our website has also been redone to make it easier to both keep on top of our activities and to communicate your needs with one another. Check out the new Prayers Needed page. It is updated as new requests come in. Finally, our MeetUp group has been taken down for a complete overhaul and will be relaunched very shortly. Keep an eye out for the announcement.
So we are going to have a lot going on as we head into the new year. How can you help? Simple! Be present, participate, and spread the word. Gnostic Christian churches tend to be small and somewhat dynamic. We know that. But it is hard to keep offering opportunities for empty seats. We are going to be soliciting your ideas for new activities and looking at how we can better retool our outreach to serve you. Remember, you do not have to be in Los Angeles to be part of our family. We have had some enquiries about the potential of distance mission to our south. If that is of interest to you, we need to know. St. Joa’s wants to be where you are! Church-building, however, is a two-way street. Are you with us?
Here at St. Joachim’s, we are committed to making 2021 a great new year and a great new start, regardless of what man and nature throw at us. As Gnostics, we believe a deep and personal relationship with the Divine is possible. We also know that it takes work and that it starts with each of us as individuals. Help us to help you reconnect with the Light of Gnosis in the new year!