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About This Mission - From Joanne
I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go, you go)
This poem by E.E. Cummings has been on my mind constantly these past few weeks leading up to and since my ordination June 10th. Jesus says this to us, holding our hearts in his, and we also carry those we love in our hearts. Paul says the same thing to his beloved Philippians (“I hold you in my heart,” 1:7). I am profoundly aware as I set out in ministry that all of you who have been such a part of me go with me wherever I go. You share in whatever ministry the Lord chooses to do through me, because you are part of what formed me. I am grateful beyond words. A few weeks ago, Canon Jonathan preached about “hitting the road,” about going out and seeing what lies beyond the church walls. In the coming months, I have the profound privilege to do just that. As I go, I wanted you to know where I am going and what I am doing, so you, too, can share in this ministry:
The Diocese of the Southwest is a young (4 years old) diocese, with many start-up related needs. Bishop Mark Zimmerman, formerly a priest here in Pittsburgh, asked me to assist him with an administrative project on a short-term basis. With Bishop Hobby’s blessing, I am raising financial support and will go for 6 weeks in the early fall. I will be back in Pittsburgh early November.
The principle of inter-related service is the basis for this mission. Bishop Mark has been in the Southwest since 2013 forming a new diocese from scratch, in a wide geographic area, with minimal available resources. Not only will going to serve bring relief to him and strengthen cords of affection between our dioceses, but it will also form me as a diocesan deacon so I may serve more effectively here in our own diocese, too. “...For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God” (2 Cor 9:11-12).