Do you remember that song from The King and I? I recall learning it at summer camp for a memorable performance by an earnest cohort in mismatched costumes on a rustic stage in the White Mountains.
A child comes home from the first day of school chattering about a new best friend. “Tell me about her,” her mother asks. “She has red sneakers just like mine!” the child answers. A young man moves into his dorm room freshman year and meets his roommate. “We have nothing in common! He won’t answer me. He grunts!” the young man complains to his parents. By the time winter break rolls around, he wants to spend it hanging out with this now fast friend, future best man. A recent widower succumbs to his well-meaning sister’s nagging and sneaks into the unfamiliar back pew of a neighborhood church one Sunday, overwhelmed with the sense that he’s the only one there not connected to someone.
There are so many ways we “get to know” each other. The Rector Transition Committee has been working these last six weeks to define a few more ways (socially distanced, of course) for us to get to know our new rector and his family, and they us.
Think parade! One weekend afternoon in mid-January we hope to organize a parade of cars, starting at the church and proceeding down Lakeview by the rectory. We’ll decorate with balloons and streamers. We’ll cheer. Maybe we’ll have music! We’ll bring letters to the Myers family, telling our Epiphany stories, so they can begin to know us.
Take a hike! The Myers family love the outdoors. We are hoping to schedule some walks, longer hikes, and sledding adventures for small groups, to have fun and begin to get to know Rev. Nick and his family. We might even end up around a crackling fire in the cloister garden.
How about a little prayer and quiet conversation? We envision a series of intimate Zoom gatherings (or in the building, when possible) featuring time to explore engaging questions with Rev. Nick and others in his family and time for worship.
Stay tuned for more. The committee, our new rector, and Epiphany’s vestry and staff are excited about offering a variety of new ways for us to get to know the Myers family, and they us.
Getting to know you
Getting to know all about you
Getting to like you
Getting to hope you like me
- Jane White, Annie Bing, Jim Bracciale, Lee Kaukas, and John McConnell