Sunday, November 8, 2009

Miracle Day - Saturday, 14 November 2009


The first thing that needs to be said is that we cannot narrow down miracle days to just one, or two, or a few. Some wonderful, unanticipated news seems to come in almost every day. For this we give thanks to the Holy and Lifegiving Trinity and to God's people near and far who pray for a renewed ministry in the South Valley and who have given generously of time, talent, and treasures.

The second thing is invite all who can to join us this coming Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or whatever portion of that time works for you. Many hands make light work and meeting challenges together is a wonderful way to form and deepen community. Folks from several churches around town (and out of town!) have expressed interest and we should have a great time of it.

What needs to be done? Where do we begin?


The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour
viewed from the parking lot.
You need to imagine that the trees
pictured here have changed color in the last month.

There are weeds all around. Many are large tumbleweeds that pull up rather easily but you definitely want heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands if you are doing this. There are smaller weeds and low-lying ones as well. We can burn these dried weeds (and our next-door neighbor to the east is the Pajarito fire station).

We need to do vacuuming (and do not have a vacuum for the church yet), and scrubbing of bathrooms and kitchens, sweeping and mopping of floors (again, no brooms or mops at the church yet).

Some folks have the gift of hospitality and the making of meals. Perhaps you would like to provide sandwiches and beverages to all the busy bees. (We do have plates, napkins, cups, and plastic utensils, but only one 8-cup coffee maker.)

At 11:40 a.m. we will break for some time of Bible study and prayer, then enjoy lunch.

As an added bonus, you can stroll down to the corner and say hello to the horses and the bison.

This will be a miracle day that announces to the South Valley that the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of the Rio Grande cares about mission fields, that we are, indeed, a missionary people, asking the Spirit what we might do in the time and place wherein we find ourselves. It is vital that this be preceded, performed, and followed with prayer.

Our Saviour is located at 2805 Don Felipe Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 (directions below).


Here is an overview map for basic orientation.


Here is a close-up view. Our Saviour is south of Gun Club and is located just a few lots east of Coors Blvd. If you are traveling south on Coors you will pass a drive-through dairy on your left and then see a green sign on the right side of the road for Pajarito Elementary School with an arrow pointing left. That is your clue to be ready to turn left at Don Felipe. The church is on the north side of Don Felipe.


Here is a view if you are coming from the south. You may click on any of these maps to enlarge them.

The following directions were provided a while back by Pepper Marts.

From the West Side: From the intersection of New Coors and Central go
south on Coors for 5.7 miles to Don Felípe Road SW. Turn left (East)
and go 0.2 miles. The mission, a small white building, will be on your
left (North).

From the East Side: From the Rio Bravo exit on I-25 go downhill (West)
2.5 miles to Isleta Blvd SW. Turn left (South) and go another 2.5
miles to Don Felípe Road SW. Turn right (West) and go 1.3 miles. The
mission, a small white building, will be on your right (North).

O Holy God, you breathe your life-giving Spirit into the congregations of this Diocese of the Rio Grande, calling us to join together in mission for the spreading of the Gospel: Show us the people to whom we should go and the path we should travel; help us to understand the deep longings of their hearts, and enable us to feed them through the living presence of Christ our Savior; in whose power we set forth and in whose Name we pray. Amen.
Come. Meet old friends and make new ones. Pray with us for the South Valley and adjacent mesa. There are 50,000 people in the two zip codes on either side of Coors who have no church affiliation. Some of those would probably love a joyous, welcoming Episcopal Church.

--Paul+

2 comments:

  1. Oh I wish I could come join you! I send my prayers for all that is happening here in your midst.

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  2. Did you ever get a bowl that is appropriate for a font? What would be appropriate? I have a pottery bowl, thrown by Shirley Ingram of Smith Station, AL. It is 9" at the base and 13" at the top, but shallow, only about 3" deep. It is neutral earth tones and very heavy. I could email a photo. I could ship it if it would work. Let me know.

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