Lots of work 'round here!
This was a busy summer and fall 2014 here at Church of the Resurrection. There were several critical construction projects that had to get done and everyone pitched in sacrificially to do it.
A New Shed
First we had to replace our old aluminum shed, which had collapsed from snow a couple of years ago and was being held together with chewing gum. Someone donated a prefabricated shed as long as we disassembled it and carted it away. So we built a new platform and erected the new shed, which was twice the size of the old one.
Rebuilding the Undercroft
The next project was to repair water damage to the undercroft. The church is old and has an old stone foundation which would occasionally leak. This caused the floor to rot out in some places. So in the beginning of August we began to tear out the walls and all the bad floor around the perimeter. This was a huge project and took us to mid October to finish. Fr. Mirabile, Ed Wittkofski, Fr. Griffin, Aaron, Lucas, Laura, Barbara and Griffin and Inger Mirabile all worked tirelessly to get this big job done. Special thanks to everyone who also cleaned up afterwards and painted. The goal was to have the project finished for the Mid October International Synod of of ACC Bishops who elected to gather at our cathedral. The end result was magnificent and we were proud of everyone who worked so hard.
A busy Fall schedule
It is a busy time of year here at Church of the Resurrection. We are on a mission. It is not a mission to grow per se, it is a mission to make a difference. We do this by reaching out, by discipling and by encouraging our people to be about the business of the Kingdom of God. In a few short weeks we will begin our Fall Bible Study on the 1st Letter of Peter in the New Testament. We will also hold a new members class the last Sunday of October at 9:05am, between the services. We haven't had a new members class in a very long time. This new members class will be a shortened class for all members of the church as well as new. We want everyone to share in this experience and see what it is about. After this our Anglican Church Women's group will hold the annual Holiday fair when we host vendors who sell crafts and food and all sorts of goodies. Some of the funds raised here will help us maintain the building and programs. After that we will be rolling towards Christmas. We hope you come and join us for these events!
Summer Home Bible Study
We started this summer with one of the most important things we could do as a church; study the bible together outside on our lovely deck over food and fellowship.
Fr. Mirabile and his wife Inger hosted the bible study at their home. Thankfully the weather was great just about every time, so the bible study was held outside on the deck. Our bible study was designed to be short, only six weeks, so that no one felt they were making a huge long term commitment. The book of Ephesians perfectly fit the time span and provided great material for this inductive bible study. Each week we gathered at 7pm and everyone brought some food. We enjoyed pastries and watermelon, grapes and brownies while we had time to simply share what was happening in our lives over the preceding week. We then opened our study with some extemporaneous prayer and Fr. Mirabile led us in the study through an inductive process of asking the group questions about the text and encouraging them to share their thoughts. The goal was not to merely discover the right academic and theological answers to the text, but to share on a personal level what those passages meant to the reader. Fr. Mirabile provided background information on the texts from time to time to help keep the discussion theologically grounded. After spending about an hour sharing our thoughts we then shared prayer requests. These requests ranged from items of personal need to the needs of others. Then each person took the prayer request of another and together we vocally prayed for each of the needs mentioned. The amazing thing was watching how God had answered this or that prayer each week in some way. On a few occasions some stayed after the group was dismissed and enjoyed the evening and more up-building conversation.
Two weeks have gone by since the last bible study and already people are remarking how much they enjoyed it and how meaningful it was. The group has ended for the summer, but we are looking forward to beginning again in the Fall.
Time to Reach Out
It's been that time of year again, time to reach out to the community. And we did on Sept 14th. Each year we host a neighborhood barbecue with some fun for the kids thrown in for good measure. This year we had plenteous chicken cooked to perfection thanks to Fr. Dan and Nick Cosi, as well as burgers and hot dogs. The Castle bounce was a hit again and the kids never left. They just bounced all day! We also had games and balloons and other fun prizes for the kids. In attendance were some of our own parishioners, who also brought friends, as well as folks and kids from the neighborhood. It was a blessed and fun event. Well worth the work!
And each year we participate in the Ansonia Harvest Festival with our Fried Dough stand. We used three whole spaces for food prep, selling and dining. We prayed for people, shared the gospel and played music - the Kate Miz band, with our own Fr. Matt on drums, played music for over an hour. Most of the music was original Christian music written by Kate Miserocchi. We had a few fans who showed up just to enjoy the music. It was a great time and we look forward to doing it again next year.
What is a Sober House? A Sober House is a home that provides a safe harbor for people who are in recovery. Often times, when an an alcoholic or drug addict graduates from a rehab they move to a half-way house or go out on their own. Once an addict is living on their own and encountering life without a safety net the potential for relapse is high. Stressors at work, in relationships and stress over money often trigger relapse. Worse still, a relapse can be triggered by simply living with others who drink or do drugs. A Sober House provides a safe place to live with others who are committed to living sober and healthy lives. Residents of sober houses often weekly AA meetings, bible studies or other healthy activities to support living drug free. Residents support and encourage one another in their journey and ultimately look to give back to the community.
One of our goals at Church of the Resurrection is to start a Sober House in Ansonia. This issue is particularly close to Rev. Mirabile's heart because he has spent countless hours providing counseling and coaching to people in various stages of recovery. The vision to open a sober house in Ansonia recently came one step closer recently as Rev. Mirabile was instrumental in helping Todd Price convert his three family home in Bridgeport into a Sober House. Acting as executive director Rev. Mirabile has been guiding and working with Mr. Price and, with God's help, the new Sober House is now up and running with its first resident. The name of that house is Aurizon house, named because the residents will be men "arising" out of addiction or other problems. They look forward to establishing another House in Ansonia.