Lent Update

My Lent discipline this year is taking on something new. One week into experimenting with a new FB page called Spiritual Leaders and I’m fumbling. When the page comes up, immediately I have three options for creating a story, posting, and boosting my post.  But, I think to myself, I’ve done all that before.  Why … More Lent Update

Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness is a the top of most parish members list when it comes the priest that serves their community.  Although they may not say it in those exact words. When asked what are the most important gifts for your priest, the most frequent answers I hear are good preaching, pastoral care, and a sense of … More Trustworthiness

The seeds we plant

His nickname is Curly.  This nickname was affectionately given by a friend who says Curly looks like the “Curly” of the Three Stooges.  That will give some an idea how long this friendship has lasted – over 40 years. Curly and his friend see one another twice a year.  Curly works at hotel in a … More The seeds we plant

Good Grief and Good-Bye’s by the Rev. Jenni Ovenstone Smith, Senior Associate at St. John’s Ellicott City, MD

As a sense of the new year and its new beginnings still rings, I am in the midst of an ending. I am saying “farewell” to a congregation and school community that I have loved serving as an associate rector and chaplain for more than 10 years, to begin a new call. While this ending … More Good Grief and Good-Bye’s by the Rev. Jenni Ovenstone Smith, Senior Associate at St. John’s Ellicott City, MD