Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28CARING FOR THE ELDERLY When my maternal grandmother was diagnosed with dementia, my parents took the tough step of finding an assisted living home where she would be safer and more at ease. It was the best thing that could have happened to her. She went from being an isolated widow living in a rural farmhouse to having an entire community of friends who loved and knew her. Visits to see her there were always wonderful. We would bring my then toddler son and he would barrel down the hallways riding on the seat of my grandmother’s walker. There were mostly women on her hallway, and they would all stand at the door and joyfully watch. Most of the women there had been farmers’ wives in the Mississippi delta who had raised children and supported their husband’s arduous work. Seeing a baby boy toddle around in a diaper seemed to return them to happy history they had not forgotten. Like years of marriage and raising children, the church also offers a guiding rhythm to our lives that remains. The word and sacrament of the church are steadfast. I imagine that all of St. Martin’s Clergy have stories of visiting a parishioner who is near to death, and yet can still recite the Confession. Worship and liturgy remind us of that hymn refrain about the “love that wilt not let me go.” Bringing ministry to the elderly is one of the most important ministries St. Martin’s has. I am privileged to be the clergy liaison for our Assisted Living Ministry. The Rev. Sarah T. Condon Assistant Rector of Pastoral Care Each Sunday, volunteers from our church go out to lead worship in local assisted living communities. The work they do is life-giving and comforting. If this is a ministry that makes your heart sing, I would love to have you join us. Let me know if you are interested by emailing me at F R O M T H E C L E R G Y THE REV. SARAH CONDON PUBLISHES HER FIRST BOOK The Rev. Sarah Condon speaks the truth with humor in her first book, Churchy – The Real Life Adventures of a Wife, Mom & Priest published by Mockingbird publications, which seeks to connect the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life in fresh and down- to-earth ways. As an Associate Editor of the Mockingbird Blog and co-host of The Mockingcast (a podcast of Mockingbird ministries), her relatable, bring-a-smile-to-your-face writing style makes for fun reading on a wide range of current topics, from children going back to school to women’s ordination in the Episcopal church. Mockingbird describes her book as “One woman’s hilarious and deeply touching dispatch from the trenches of contemporary life, Churchy traces the fingerprints of grace from hospital hallways to community swimming pools to church nurseries and back again. Unflinchingly honest yet unfailingly hopeful, Rev. Sarah is a genre unto herself. You’ve never had this much fun going to church.” Book Signing Sunday, February 5 Immediately following the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services Welcome Center and Library The Rev. Condon’s book will be available for sale in St. Martin’s Book Store & Gift Shoppe for $15 and online through Mockingbird at Lois, Neil and Sarah THE STAR I JANUARY 2017 05