This past Monday as I was approaching the doors of the sanctuary to “clean up” the organ console after a busy Sunday morning, I noticed two pumpkins framing the entryway. Bright and orange, it jogged memories of living in the Midwest and experiencing corn mazes, changing leaves, and chilly nights. As I unlocked the doors, I was surprised to see some of our volunteers stringing lights on a Scotch Pine in anticipation of the yearly Angel Tree ministry. You know that smell of a freshly cut tree. The narthex was saturated in it. I must admit, my heart skipped a couple beats and a bit of panic set in. Where did November go? Is it Christmas already?

All of that being said, today I got just what I needed at St. Ignatius Church, where Timothy Belk performed a fabulous program for a Tuesday afternoon audience of 75 appreciative attendees. We were graced with thirty minutes to sit, relax, and simply enjoy organ music of the season. Seven members of our chapter will be performing on our Advent Recital Series in four different venues. I hope you have an opportunity to get away and enjoy at least one of these. You’ll be glad you did.

On January 8, Bobbie Hoopes again is opening her home for our Epiphany party. Timothy Belk is making two varieties of soups, and board members are providing salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. Join us for this time together and bring a non-perishable food item or two for a donation to a local food bank. RSVP (text/call/email) to Peggy BeVille by January 2 ( or 727-403-8166).

Merry Christmas,
Shawn Thomas, Dean