31 July 2018

For God alone my soul in silence waits

Psalm 62

1For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
from him comes my salvation.
2He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
3How long will you assail me to crush me,
all of you together, *
as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
4They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor; *
lies are their chief delight.

5They bless with their lips, *
but in their hearts they curse.
6For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
truly, my hope is in him.
7He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
8In God is my safety and my honor; *
God is my strong rock and my refuge.

9Put your trust in him always, O people, *
pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *
even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11On the scales they are lighter than a breath, *
all of them together.
12Put no trust in extortion;
in robbery take no empty pride; *
though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.

13God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *
that power belongs to God.
14Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, *
for you repay everyone according to his deeds.

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

27 July 2018

Rock Point Partners and Friends

Rock Point Partners & Friends
Summer 2018
New Kiosk at Rock Point
An Abundance of "Fruit" at Rock Point
By Craig Smith

Summertime is a time of fruitfulness where we taste and see many things that have been in development for a long time... Read more at Rock Point Projects
Congratulations, Rock Point School Grads!
By Molly Huddle Coffey

On June 9, fifteen students graduated from Rock Point School. Meet the grads and learn a little about their future plans... Read more at Rock Point School Grads
Planning and Planting for Pollinators
By Jackie Arbuckle and
Kara Schott Buchanan

Rock Point School (RPS) biology students and Pollinator Docents are both helping to create the Rock Point Solar Pollinator Meadow Project (a grassy meadow under the solar array at Rock Point, with wildflowers designed to attract pollinating insects)... Read more at Planning for Pollinators
What's RHRMHG??
By Kara Schott Buchanan

It stands for the Rooted Heart Rising Medicinal Herb Garden, which is a pollinator sanctuary located on the grounds of Rock Point... Read more at Rooted Heart Herb Garden
A Great Camp Demands a Great Staff!
By Sherry Osborn

Rock Point Camp hires staff who have heart. We welcome staff who yearn to make a difference, who desire to create connection and community... Read more at Rock Point Camp
Rock Point Campaign Report
By Ellen Lovell

Over two years ago, Bishop Ely launched the Partnership Campaign for Rock Point: Building a Sustainable Future Together to support the beautiful land and natural resources of Rock Point, the 130 acres on Lake Champlain, which has been owned and stewarded by the Episcopal Church in Vermont since 1865... Read more at Rock Point Campaign Update
Welcome and Thanks to Rock Point Volunteers!
By Jackie Arbuckle

If you’ve been out walking on Rock Point’s trails lately, you may have met one of our Trail Stewards. There are six of them so far, and they’re on the job many different hours and days every week... Read more at Welcome Volunteers
Save the Dates for Wisdom School, Advent Retreat
By Jackie Arbuckle

The Rock Point Intentional Community's (RPIC) second Wisdom School will be held at the Bishop Booth Conference Center Nov. 2-4. Our Advent Retreat will be Dec. 7-8... Read more at Save the Dates
Share Your Gift of Radical Hospitality as a Bishop Booth Conference Center Host
Do you have a gift for hospitality? Bishop Booth Conference Center Hosts embody the concept of radical hospitality. By “radical” we mean drastically different... Read more atBishop Booth Hosts

Interested? Contact Jackie Arbuckle, Rock Point Volunteer Coordinator, at JackieinVT@gmail.com or 802-482-5367. PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND SHARE THIS FLIER.
Enjoy Rock Point from 8:00 AM to dusk

We invite you to enjoy the beauty of Rock Point every day from 8:00 AM to dusk. Property passes are required. Click here to obtain your pass: Rock Point Pass
Keep in Touch! Rock Point Partners & Friends is a quarterly publication. To submit content for publication, please email Ann Carroll, acarroll@dioceseofvermont.org.

24 July 2018

From Seth Godin: Two ways to solve a problem and provide a service

From Seth Godin:

Two ways to solve a problem and provide a service

With drama. Make sure the customer knows just how hard you’re working, what extent you’re going to in order to serve. Make a big deal out of the special order, the additional cost, the sweat and the tears.

Without drama. Make it look effortless.

Either can work. Depends on the customer and the situation.

But it’s a choice. We can make it with intention.

Colorado chooses three to stand for bishop election

Colorado chooses three to stand for bishop election

July 24, 2018
[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of Colorado Standing Committee has nominated three priests for election as the 11th bishop of Colorado.
The election will take place Oct. 27 during the diocese’s 131st Annual Convention.
The slate includes:
The Rev. Kimberly (Kym) Lucas, rector, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.;
The Rev. Canon Michael Pipkin, missioner for missional management, Diocese of Minnesota; and
The Rev. Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, canon to the ordinary, Diocese of Colorado.
The July 23 announcement began a period for additional nominations by petition.
The next bishop of Colorado will succeed the Rt. Rev. Robert O’Neill who announced late last yearthat he would retire in the spring of 2019. He was ordained a priest in the diocese in 1982 and became the 10th diocesan bishop in October 2003
After the bishop-elect receives the canonically required consent of a majority of the Episcopal Church’s diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will ordain and consecrate the new bishop May 18, 2019.

16 July 2018

We gather together

We gather together
We gather together 
to ask the Lord's blessing; 
He chastens and hastens 
His will to make known; 
The wicked oppressing 
now cease from distressing; 
Sing praises to His Name; 
He forgets not His own. 
Beside us to guide us, 
our God with us joining, 
Ordaining, maintaining 
His kingdom divine; 
So from the beginning 
the fight we were winning; 
Thou, Lord, were at our side, 
all glory be Thine! 
We all do extol Thee, 
Thou Leader triumphant, 
And pray that Thou still 
our Defender will be; 
Let Thy congregation 
escape tribulation; 
Thy Name be ever praised! 
O Lord, make us free! 
We gather together 
to ask the Lord's blessing.

12 July 2018

Die Hard is 30 years old!

Die Hard at 30: how it remains the quintessential American action movie

The first shot of John McClane in Die Hard is his left hand digging into the armrest as his plane lands at LAX. We can see he’s wearing a wedding band on his ring finger. His seatmate then gives him an unusual piece of advice about surviving air travel: once he settles in, he should take off his socks and shoes and make fists with his toes on the rug. Then he reaches up to the overhead bin, revealing a holstered gun dangling from his midsection.
All of this is mundane stuff. It’s also a prime example of why Die Hard remains the greatest American action movie since it was released 30 years ago this week.
Read the rest of this great article by Scott Tobias at The Guardian