Sunday, July 05, 2009

General Convention: Arrivals

Today was a travel day for some of us. Others in our deputation are arriving tomorrow. The hotel where we are staying is next door to the Convention Center. You can see from the picture above that the Convention Center has a new look for the next couple of weeks!

As one deputy pointed out, the Gospel from Mark for today is a humorous reminder from the Holy Spirit. It included the following passage:
'He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.'
That certainly does not describe the way most of the people I saw coming to our convention!

Our Deanery project to help support the seminarians at St Philip's Theological College in Maseno, Kenya, is underway. The choir's CDs have been pressed and packaged. I brought as many as I could (about 500) with me to have available as 'thank-you gifts' for donations of financial support of the students. That means I was definitely NOT following Jesus' command from the Gospel passage!

Tomorrow the Rev. Michael Russell, the rector of Nan & Gerry Hardison's home parish in Point Loma CA, arrives. He has arranged for Maseno Missions to have a booth in the Exhibition Hall and we will be able to have the CDs available there.

God's peace to you all,
Helen G.