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From June Gloom to June Hope

As we enter this first week in June, we wake up to dreary mornings with a heavy marine layer, affectionately known by locals as June Gloom. But this first week is a time of celebration, anticipation, new beginnings, and hope. We celebrate so many weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and other milestones as we sprint toward summer. 

As a retired high school teacher, I worked tirelessly this week so I could savor graduation celebrations and giddily anticipate my cherished summer vacation with my family. This week we celebrate the high school graduations of two of our illustrious younger church members, Rice Buchanan and Jackson Howes, from Westview and Rancho Bernardo High Schools. After 13 years of hard work in school, these fine scholars will be incredibly relieved to attend their commencement ceremonies. However, commencement means a “beginning,”not an ending! They will begin their adult lives as they venture out on their own to universities, careers, new relationships, a maturing faith, and opportunities to give back to their communities. What an exciting time!

Likewise, we celebrate the first anniversary of Nina Bacas’ installation as our rector this week. She is at another historic commemoration: the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Allied Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. That day marked the beginning of the end of Nazi occupation of France, a day of great sacrifice that unleashed unbridled joy and hope for a brighter future. Nina’s arrival one year ago also has ushered in renewed joy, connection, and hope for the life of our church community. Her learning curve has been steep and arduous in her inaugural year at St. Bart’s, but the joy and hope that her leadership brought one year ago continues onward. 

As we celebrate new beginnings in June, let us do so with glad and joyful hearts filled with love and the hope of a brighter day. Share that love and sunshine with each other so we can lift up all our neighbors in the light of Christ to burn off spiritual June Gloom.

With faith, hope, and love,



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