Saturday, May 31, 2008

Abbey Celebration June 26

On Thursday, June 26, 2008 from 6-9 pm we will gather in the Parish Hall at St. George’s to celebrate our fifth anniversary. The history of the Urban Abbey can be traced to discussions that began more than five years ago, including a parish retreat in November, 2002, followed by the formation of a task force and a second retreat the following spring. On June 26, 2003 twenty two individuals made a commitment to God and one another to take on a Rule of Life and, thus, the Urban Abbey was formed.

As is our tradition, our meeting will begin with food and fellowship. I suggest the following rough agenda:

6:00-6:30 Gather & Prepare Dinner
6:30-7:30 Dinner & Fellowship Time
7:30-7:45 Clean-up
7:45-8:30 Community Meeting or Program
8:30-9:00 Liturgy (Including Installation of Leadership Team & Joining of any New Members)

Notice that new members of the leadership team will be formally installed at this meeting. Please let me know as soon as possible, but by June 15 at the latest, if you feel called to service on the leadership team this year – we do need at least two more individuals to serve on this team, so please prayerfully consider this possibility for service to the Abbey community.

The third component of our Rule of Life is to “Serve others, share the tasks of the Urban Abbey Community and be mindful of God in my daily work.” Our upcoming meeting provides a perfect opportunity for each Abbey member to live out this aspect of our rule, so please volunteer for one of the following tasks. Let me know which of these you would like to help with and I will put people in touch with each other.

Volunteers needed for:
Development of program ideas
Food Coordinator
Food Preparation and Set-up
Design of Liturgy
Any other ideas you may have (maybe a birthday cake?!)

I look forward to hearing from you and celebrating with you in June!


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