The weather is changing, the leaves are falling, the rain is coming… Fall is here! With the current state of the world, the change in season might feel overwhelming. Or you may not have even noticed the change. Whatever it may be, one thing is for sure… Our lives keep on going, ready or not. 

I have taken some time over the past couple of months to reflect on my ever- changing, sometimes crazy, “new normal” life that I live. It has been had to adjust to this new normal when we get so into a rhythm. There are many things I have missed out on; birthdays, family events, summer, etc. But we take each new day as we get it. We find clever ways to adjust and celebrate in this current state that we live in. However, at times it can be hard. At times you can feel like you are alone with no one to turn to. If that is how you have felt at times over the past couple months, there is one thing I want you to remember… you are not alone. We are in this together. 

I have been talking to my students a lot about our feelings and how it is okay to feel a certain way as long as we know how to identify and cope with it. It’s funny how what I teach my Kindergarteners can apply to adults as well. And I will admit, I am not always the best at coping with how I am feeling (I think some of my kids are better at it than me!). We need to remember to go easy on ourselves and remember that there are people who care. We deserve to give ourselves grace and patience during this changing world. Remind yourself on a daily basis that you are doing a good job. 

As a 4th generation member of St. Andrew’s and have been for over 23 years now, I have come to realize, now more than ever, how much the parish at St. Andrew’s is a great big family. A family that we may not all know each other, but we all have at least one thing in common… we love our church and our church loves us. Father Martin, Father Ed and the St. Andrew’s community has been there for my family and I through the high highs and the low lows. With the current pandemic, that hasn’t changed. We have all experienced some pretty low lows during this time and it does sometimes feel like we are alone. However, I know that I am not. I am at peace knowing that I have a church community who is there for me and loves me. I am blessed to be a part of a church family like St. Andrew’s. My ongoing ministry here has led me to see on a deeper level of how important it is to continue supporting our church during this time. We are unable to be in person, but I want to do all that I can to support the church like it has supported me over the years. 

I believe now more than ever we all need to do this. Find the things that are important to us and put time into continuing to support those ministries. St. Andrew’s wouldn’t be St. Andrew’s without you. What can you do to help? Our parish is our family and the church is like our home in a way. A place of peace. I encourage you to reach out to those you would normally talk to on a Sunday morning and check in. A call, a card, anything! I think there are a lot who would appreciate just knowing that they are being thought of. I miss my church family and am going to make a conscious effort to support my church and the community a part of it as much as I can. 

One last reminder… Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 

Vestry Viewpoint by Maggie Burdick