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Lamplighter - Fr. Aran

posted Feb 25, 2016, 12:33 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Oct 3, 2019, 7:43 AM ]

Hello friends . . . grace and peace,

As you read this, I’ll be at the tail end of a really crazy week.  And so, I ask for your prayers.

On Sunday, September 22, I’ll be assisting Fr. Ralph at both the 8am and 10am services.  In between, we kick-off our 2019-2020 season of Film School (our spiritual formation class for 7th – 12th graders).  There is also a crew heading to Lambeau Field that morning!

Monday, September 23 thru Tuesday, September 24 is our annual Fall Clergy Retreat in Marathon, WI which is always a wonderful opportunity to gather, to pray, and to learn from one another, with our bishop.

We will be having a Blessing of the Pets on Wednesday, September 25 during Kid’s Club and D-Groups starting at 6:30pm.

Another group will be heading to Lambeau Field on Thursday, September 26.

And on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, I will be up in Minocqua, WI, celebrating and preaching at the wedding of Becca Skowronski and Stephen Dunham (Becca is the daughter of Tim Skowronski).

Finally, I’ll be celebrating and preaching at the 8am and 10am services at St. Thomas on Sunday, September 29 as Fr. Ralph is out of town at his son’s wedding!

Now, I do not share this in order to get people to say, “Wow, Aran works so HARD!” or to get sympathy points.  I’m not looking for a pity party.  I know that each and every one of you have crazy weeks and you work hard through them.  It’s what we do, right?

But, I think sometimes we don’t always check in with each other and get real answers and responses.  Because I know that when someone asks me, “Hey, how are you? How’s life?” I will typically answer, “I’m doing well! How ‘bout you?”… and that’s where the conversation kind of ends.

I think we can all be a little more open and honest (if we choose) to let people know our needs.  Give people a glimpse into our lives.  Share our highs and lows.

Now, please hear me . . . I don’t anticipate the week of September 22 – 29 to have a whole lot of lows!!  Retreats and Pets and Packer Games and Weddings are all pretty great stuff.  I have no complaints there.  But I do ask for your prayers – ESPECIALLY for my family (Shannon, John, Noah, Mark, and Molly) who won’t see me too much that week.  And that’s hard on all of us.

And if you have prayer needs, please, feel free to share them with me, with your friends, your family, your neighbors.  Let’s be the kind of Jesus followers who share and listen and love.

Oh, and one other that week?  I turn 47 on September 24! #HBD2ME!!