The Giving Day was a great success. It created a animated buzz across the campus, around the church, and even across the country. It made giving fun. And every one of these gifts will make a difference. Our operating budget depends on a strong annual fund. We are grateful to all those who contributed. And the organizers, in particular Ms. Jennifer Greiner and Ms. Elizabeth Panox-Leach, were brilliant. It was a social media giving day in so many ways. We are pressing ahead with new ways to do this work.
On Thursday, i.e. tomorrow, we have a special service. We will travel back in time to 1823. We will participate in a liturgy from the time; and we will partake in a meal of the time. It will be a moment of learning and reflection. For parents with children, there will be souvenir puzzle (one per family please); and for the rest of us, a champagne glass (which can be filled up with non-alcoholic cider) will be the remembrance of the moment.
The Giving Day marks change: new ways of doing the old work of fundraising. The Bicentennial service that marks 1823 days to our anniversary is the first step on a journey - a journey of continuity and change. Enjoy this week: it is special.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President