Outdoor Eucharist & Parish Picnic: Spring 2016

On Saturday, May 21st, Holy Family held its annual spring outdoor Eucharist and parish picnic. We began by celebrating in the outdoor chapel with music provided by youth group members. Following the service, we enjoyed a pitch-in picnic with offerings from the congregation and items grilled by our Brotherhood of St. Andrew members. The rest of the evening was spent in fellowship outdoors. Our children bounced and ran and played together.  Our next regularly-scheduled outdoor event will be held in September and will be announced when details are confirmed. 

Pentecost – Celebration Sunday

On Sunday, May 15th, Holy Family observed the Feast of Pentecost with a variety of celebrations. During our 8 AM service we recognized Amy Mundie for nearly twenty years of service to the children and families of our church as Nursery Leader. Deacon Cathy and Father Mike presented Amy with flowers and a certificate of appreciation.
During the 10 AM service we recognized our 2016 high school graduates. Each student described his or her current school and plans for the future.
Grads bless
As it tradition at Holy Family, each student was awarded a bible and a prayer shawl created by crafters in the congregation. Father Mike blessed them and encouraged them to keep their “Holy Family” close in their prayers.
Communion 2
Father Mike also recognized and blessed all Christian education teachers and childcare workers during the 10 AM service. Many congregation members wore red in the spirit of Pentecost. Cheery balloons floated above the chairs. Finally, Father Mike shared one of his favorite prayers for the Feast of Pentecost.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise
and ever enjoy His consolations,
Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.