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Merry Christmas from the Burton-Edwards Family

Christmas Season 2007

 

Christmas greetings to family and friends far and near. 2007 was a memorable year for us. Grace completed her ordination process, and Jacob and Will entered new schools. We enjoyed trips to Toronto, Philadelphia, and the New Jersey Shore. We also said good-bye to Grace’s grandmother, Jane (Grandmommy) in June. Other highlights -

 

Taylor continues to serve as Director of Worship Resources for the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. His major accomplishment this year was the completion of Living into the Mystery: A United Methodist Guide for Celebrating Holy Communion which will be used by seminary classes, local pastor schools, and congregations. He also convened the first conference for United Methodists involved in the emerging missional church movement this past October. He writes weekly worship planning helps and blogs regularly. Taylor gets to use his French occasionally at meetings of the Council of Bishops and wishes you Joyeux Noël.

 

Jacob is 15 and a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern High School. His favorite extra-curricular activities are academic teams: spell bowl, quiz bowl, and academic super bowl. He also joined film club, math club, and German club this year. He sings with Anderson Area Youth Chorale and is part of the Journey to Adulthood program at Trinity Episcopal Church, a two-year youth formation program culminating in a pilgrimage in 09. He recently got a driver’s permit. He will travel to Germany next summer with his German class, so he wishes you Fröliche Weinachten.

Will is 11 and a sixth grader at St. Richard’s School where Grace serves as Chaplain. He received a Citizenship award at the end of fifth grade at Sand Creek Intermediate School and competed on the school science team there. At St. Richard’s, he received high academic honors at the end of his first term. He is in the Spanish Club and on yearbook staff. He sings with the Anderson Area Children’s Chorale and was selected to sing the opening verse of Once in Royal David’s City at the school lessons and carols service. He takes weekly trombone lessons at school. He is taking Spanish and Latin this year, so he wishes you Felíz Navidad.

 

Grace was ordained twice this year – first as deacon in January and then as priest in November. After a long job search, she was delighted to accept a full-time position at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, where she served part-time for the past three years as Chaplain at St. Richard’s School. She continues to enjoy serving as school chaplain and now also enjoys responsibility for newcomer ministries at Trinity.  She is teaching and living into the language of the church, so she offers this prayer for the first Sunday after Christmas Day –

 

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives.

 

May this light shine on us all in the year to come.

 

Blessings –

Taylor, Grace, Jacob, and Will Burton-Edwards

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