The parish mid-year meeting was held a couple Sundays ago (I know; September is later than mid-year, but everyone was waiting for us to return). We elected delegates for Diocesan Convention and received an update on the Remodeling Project (we're still raising funds, but it's coming along). The meeting was part of a bilingual Eucharist.
Lisa leads La Gloria Típica
Mr. Keith Green, Senior Warden, chairs the meeting.
Maria, Rachel, and Ula
Sarah and Sylvia
The Lovely Mona is teaching flute at the school. Sometimes students appear, and at other times they are no where to be found! She was sitting in the room waiting for her students and decided to go find them. She found the entire secondary school in the gym watching a school production of The Wizard of Oz. Here are some photos.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road!
You've had the power to return home all along
Back home in
Saturday the Diocese of Panamá held una Convención Extraordinario to discuss the coming financial crisis. During TEC's General Convention, it was decided to cut the funds given to the various Covenant Groups, such as IARCA, Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico, Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, etc,, by some 26% over the next three years. I know that the original agreement for IARCA involved a decrease in funds over a period of 40 years, but now things have changed and been accelerated. The funds from TEC make up some 70% of the Diocesan Budget for Panamá, with some 30% from local funds. We will be using that 30% for our budget now and the 70% will go into the Autonomy Fund. There will be some serious cuts throughout the diocese. At this moment, St. Christopher's is the only church which does not receive any money from the Diocese. I hope that other churches will now become self-supporting. All in all, it was actually a very positive meeting. And we finished the Convention con la Santa Eucaristía en Capilla de San Marcos. Also, please pray for Bishop Murray; he left for Honduras this morning, and, naturally, I'm worried for his safety.
The Rt. Rev. Julio E. Murray Thompson addresses the Convention
The Diocese in Convention
San Cristóbal delegation listens
La Capílla de San Marcos. One of the more interesting structures in the diocese.
We had some special music Sunday morning. A trio of women from the Choir sang an anthem for the gradual, and the Lovely Mona played Menuetto by Wagner. She was marvelous, of course! The Carters, Claudio and Francella, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary with a special blessing. Their children donated the flowers for the altar.
Flowers at the altar
The Trio: Nora Johnson, Lineth Edwards, and Mercedes Snape
Mr. and Mrs. Carter
The Lovely Mona
In the evening we attended a program at Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal honoring past presidents of the Episcopal Church Women. The honorees were: Mrs. Lena Thomas, Mrs. Ellen Chandler, Mrs. Shirley Austin, Mrs. Sybil Josiah, Mrs. Mariela Edwards, and Mrs. Daisy Scantlebury. These Sunday afternoon programs are very nice; a presentation is made with a short biography, Bishop Murray gives each honoree a gift and a pin of the Seal of the Diocese, and family and friends come up and say a few words and present "a small token." Then the honoree gives a response. Mr. Walter Smith, Jr., performed two pieces, and Ms. Adela Owens performed a tap dance and a modern ballet piece. It was a lovely evening.
The Honorees: (from left to right) Mariela Edwards, Sybil Josiah, Shirley Austin, Ellen Chandler, Lena Thomas, Daisy Scantlebury.
The Rev. Glenda McQueen gave the invocation
Eunice Vassal, present President of Las Damas Episcopales
Walter Smith, Jr. at the keyboard
Ms. Adela Owens
Lena Thomas and Bishop Murray
Ellen Chandler and Bishop Murray
Shirley Austin and Bishop Murray
Sybil Josiah and Bishop Murray
Mariela Edwards and Bishop Murray
Daisy Scantlebury and Bishop Murray
Next week the youth group of San Cristóbal is putting on a musical program, so you know we'll have even more photos!