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This is a special message. Please keep in mind that the situation surrounding COVID-19 is ever-changing; Christ Episcopal Church will keep you updated on our practices and procedures according to parish and diocesan guidelines.
Dear friends,

As I mentioned last week, there isn't a regular GNB, as the staff has the week off; much of the information from last week carries over, so if you'd like a refresher, you can read that again here.

You can also still continue to sign up to lead prayer on Facebook Live throughout weekdays in Advent here; all materials and instructions are provided.

This week in lieu of a full-blown GNB, we have a message that one of Marilynn McGlashan's sisters, Betty Godlas posted on the Christ Church Facebook page that she wanted to share with the parish, which you will find below.

Have a safe weekend,
Cara
 

One year ago today Marilynn left this world and flew into the arms of her Lord.  She passed away 26 days after she was diagnosed with cancer.  We all enjoyed a sibling reunion 2 weeks before that and no one, including her, knew that she was sick. We rented a vacation home together, enjoyed local tourist attractions and laughed a great deal. 

It was my privilege to spend the last month of Marilynn’s life with her and to meet the Christ Episcopal Church community.  I follow the Sufi spiritual path, which emphasizes surrender to God.  My husband is a professor of religion and we have traveled all over the world meeting Sufi scholars and clerics.  Well, I learned more about surrender from Marilynn in 3 weeks last year than I had in the 20 previous years as a student of Sufism.  

One night, Marilynn wept until she was spent.  Then she shuddered, sat up and said, “There’s nothing I can do about it.  I accept this. I’m afraid of the journey but I’m not afraid to die.”   She never complained, she never asked “Why me?”.  She surrendered completely to God’s will for her.

Marilynn’s church home, her spiritual family, is a faith community that is vibrantly alive and pulsating with prayer in action.  I was deeply moved to meet each one of you.  It lessened our grief to know how completely Marilynn was valued and loved.  

At Marilynn’s funeral, Shelly said about Marilynn’s life; “Well done.”  I commend each of you for a congregation well done, for faith well done, for service well done, and for love in action well done.   

Sincerely,
Betty Godlas
 
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