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By the time you read this, we will have finished our annual Vestry meeting and voted on our Mission and Ministry Strategic Plan for the next five years. While plans can always change over the next five-year period, we will have set our feet upon a path that confirms who we are as a community and some of what we will do as a result. We are disciples of Jesus, the Son of God, who was born, lived and died to reconcile us to our Father God and who have been asked to follow his example to love God and our neighbour. That is surely something that is not always easy to live up to. Yet we are called to commit ourselves to this life-long task and work at it bit-by-bit. And so, what have you committed yourself to do as part of your own mission and ministry plan? Or as part of our St. Anne's Mission and Ministry Plan?

Lent begins on February 14th this year. It is a season in the church's year when we are asked to reflect on our lives and repent, or turn back to God. One dictionary expresses repent as "to change one's mind". It can also be seen as regret or sorrow for past action or even "to turn from evil, and to turn to the good." It sounds dramatic, yet God calls us to turn our attention back to Him and how we can live out His good plan for our lives, both on our own and in our community. Isn't it interesting that Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent is on the Feast of St. Valentine when we turn our attention to those closest to us and express our love for them in words and deed? And can we commit this year to doing the same for God who gave us this life and His love as expressed in Jesus?

As our community of St. Anne's, and each of us individually, begin this Lenten journey, think consciously of how your faith affects each part of your life. Let's each one of us consider how we can strengthen our community in the days ahead. Will it be in just a bit more prayer, study, donation of money or time? You are the only one who can decide how to make this Lenten journey meaningful.

Thank you for being part of our St. Anne's community. And don't forget to celebrate progress on your Lenten journey!

Wardens serving you in Christ

Keith Brooks, Shelley Lowther, Sophie Skaith, Marg Wolsley