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Unveiling the Magic: St. David of Wales Episcopal Church’s Annual Holiday Gift Faire & Bake Sale 2023

Community members browsing through handcrafted items at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church Holiday Gift Faire.

Welcome to the St. David of Wales Episcopal Church Holiday Gift Faire and Bake Sale!

Join us for a heartwarming holiday tradition that showcases the incredible talent and creativity of our community. Each item at our faire is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship that our artisans pour into their work, offering you a chance to take home something truly special.

Hosted Gifts & Stocking Stuffers: Discover a treasure trove of curated gifts that are perfect for filling stockings or giving that special someone a little extra holiday cheer.

Yummy Treats for Your Holiday Table: Our bake sale features an array of homemade delights that promise to add a touch of sweetness to your holiday feasts.

Handcrafted Hats, Carvings, Jewelry, and Bags: Admire the intricate details of handcrafted hats, marvel at the skill in each carved piece, dazzle with unique jewelry, and find the perfect hand-sewn bag.

Unique Gifts, Crafts, and Plants: From the charming to the novel, our range of unique gifts, crafts, and plants makes it easy to find something distinctive for your home or as a gift.

Table Linens and Holiday Decor: Dress your holiday table and home with beautiful linens and festive decor that capture the spirit of the season.

We invite you to join us in celebration of the season, community, and the joy of giving. Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift or just looking for a festive way to spend your day, our Holiday Gift Faire is the place to be.

We look forward to sharing this special event with you. Come for the gifts, stay for the joy!

All Saints Sunday: A Tapestry of Eternity and Hope

Stained glass window at St. David's depicting St. Philip baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch.
Sacred Illuminations: St. Philip’s Baptismal Covenant in Stained Glass.

Hello, dear friends of St. David’s,

On All Saints Sunday, we came together in a unique way. We didn’t just gather; we united in spirit to explore deep and eternal truths. Have you ever marveled at fall’s vibrant display and sensed eternity’s call? Our exploration began with that feeling.

Beyond Life’s Final Chapter

What secrets does life conceal beyond its final chapter? To find answers, we turned to the Scriptures. Revelation presents a vision of countless souls in white before God’s throne. An Elder’s voice rings out, asking, “Who are these people?” This question mirrors our own as we think of the saints who’ve preceded us.

In John’s words, we find solace. His vision promises not only a radiant afterlife but also the transformative power of faith in the present. Our belief grants us glimpses of immortality amidst our earthly journey.

Revelation’s imagery may be intricate, yet its essence is straightforward. It tells us that through all life’s seasons, divine love wraps around us, offering hope and eternal peace.

The Unseen Presence

Struggling to believe in the unseen is a common experience. Our faith invites us to perceive the spiritual, to sense the presence of those who’ve left our sight but not our lives.

Drawing from John O’Donohue’s reflections, we contemplated the continuity of those who’ve departed. They are not lost but rather woven into our lives’ tapestry in a new, profound way. Sharing my personal passage through grief, I found hope in the belief that our loved ones guide us, unseen but ever-present.

Our service transcended ritual. It embodied faith in action as we celebrated Dave Lommel’s baptism. This act symbolized life’s sacred continuum—birth, life, death, and rebirth—that our faith upholds.

Embracing The Journey

As our gathering concluded, we stood united, acknowledging the saints, delving into life’s mysteries, and welcoming new beginnings. We reaffirmed our belief in resurrection and the strength found in our collective narrative.

As we move into the new week, let’s embrace the essence of All Saints Sunday. Let’s commit to living with the love and hope that bind us and embrace the joy that life’s perpetual melody offers.

In faith and love,

Fr. Chuck

Parish Newsletter – September 2023

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