A Note from Connie Haggard
Posted September 7, 2021
As many of you may already know, our beloved members Connie and Dick Haggard had a close call when the tornado crashed through Upper Dublin Township Township last week. Connie had one request for me when I visited their home. Connie said, “Use Field Notes to tell everyone in the Parish that when the authorities tell you to go to the basement, YOU NEED TO GO TO THE BASEMENT!” I write this in fulfillment of my pledge to Connie, sharing her hope that this warning will save lives, just as Connie and Dick were spared because they got to the basement one minute before the tornado plowed through. The parish continues to pray for all of their neighbors who lost property and those who lost their lives.
Here at 8000 Saint Martins Lane, I can report that the storm caused no damage to our church property. I want to thank the Properties Committee and James Kent for their diligent long-term work defending our basements and roofs against heavy rains. This work often goes unnoticed and needs to be lifted up and praised! Hurricane Sandy struck Philadelphia in my second year at St. Martin’s, and it left us with 1 ½ feet of water in the Hilary House basement and wall-to-wall flooding in the church school rooms under the church. On entering the Hilary House basement, Skip Lynch famously said, “This is not the right place for a ‘water feature’!” Thanks to the hard work of the Properties Committee over 10 years, our buildings are much more water tight.
From a planning perspective, the experts are telling us that we will see more hurricanes, tropical storms and larger-scale precipitation in general as the planet warms. As we plan for the future of our church buildings we need to keep this in mind. I believe God will keep God’s rainbow promise made to Noah that we will not be wiped out by a flood again. At the same time, the planet is speaking a word to us about how we have tipped the balance of God’s good creation toward destructive consequences.
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
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The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel (he/him) was educated at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was ordained Priest in 1995 in Danville, Pennsylvania where he worked as a Hospital Chaplain and a Head Start teacher. Pastoral positions followed at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor, Illinois, St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, and then Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. After following his wife, the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, to her new position in Princeton, New Jersey, he was called to be the Executive Director of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. The largest food pantry and the gateway agency for Homelessness Prevention services in Mercer County, the Crisis Ministry also runs a Welfare to Work program and an innovative free farmers market. Jarrett became Rector of St. Martin’s in February 2011. He formerly served as the co-chair of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Jarrett serves as Dean of the Wissahickon Deanery and is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross. He is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary where he co-teaches a regular class on Faith Based Community Organizing, Theology and Practice. Jarrett has been published in Sojourners, the Huffington Post, Yours the Power, and the Journal of Public Theology. He is the father of two children, Timothy and Martha.
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