As I turn down the Holiday lights, pick up the last of the wrappings and ribbons, and prepare to turn the page on the calendar, I find myself reflecting on this past year. In the world and in my life, there certainly has been much to celebrate and much to mourn. Throughout it all is the thread of gratitude - for family, for friends, for all the blessings in life.
Here at APTB, it has also been quite a year! On July 1st, as we celebrated our 4th anniversary, we transitioned from being a sponsored ministry of St. John XXIII Catholic Church to an independent organization! We are truly grateful for the support SJ23rd has provided in launching this unique and Spirit-led ministry – we could not have brought forth this work without you.
This transition has brought many changes to our organization – a new, awesome Board of Directors, volunteers, and growth. We have held programs, community events, and fundraisers; have laughed together, cried together and prayed together; and we continue building this vision that Spirit is calling us into.
Through all the ups and downs, testing of new skills and mis-fires, everyone has worked so very hard to support this ministry and our work – thank you. Together we have touched so many lives. I am in awe of you and in the power of the Spirit among us.
Looking forward, I am excited to welcome more new faces into our community. We welcome new facilitators, look forward to new programs and welcome new participants. Thanks to your support, we have expanded our technological ability to support more Zoom participants and programs with a quality experience. We have added several service opportunities and hope to introduce collaborative projects with our ecumenical partners. In a nutshell, the work continues. We continuously turn to the Spirit for guidance and grace but ask that you, also, continue to pray for us. We truly cannot do this work without you.
So thank you. Thank you for all the ways you have supported APTB and all the ways you continue to offer your amazing presence. Because of you, we are an authentic community providing spiritual care and fellowship to all.
May the Divine continue to bless you and your families!