ANNOUNCEMENTS | 9th SUNDAY of PENTECOST | August 2, 2020
THIS SUNDAY SUMMER WORSHIP AT 9:00 A.M. OUTDOOR SERVICE - WEATHER PERMITTING
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Sunday, August 2nd, we start our Summer Worship Schedule with one service only at 9:00 A.M. This schedule will continue through September 6, Labor Day weekend. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with our plans to conduct the services outdoors on the Church’s south side Close where there is a wonderful paved area and 2 beautiful benches that carry Jake Ersek’s Eagle Scout signature. And very important, the area has more shade in the heat of the day.
While this is my last Sunday before my vacation in New Hampshire, we are blessed to have three of our vergers willing to conduct the services in August in my absence. This saves the parish the expense of a supply priest at a time when saving money is high on our list of priorities.
I would like to thank those who helped monitor the first outdoor services: Steve Carroll, Cindy and Jess Kilcoyne, Braxton Beaver, Mary Maker and Beth Wagner.
They were brilliant. Since then, another couple has volunteered to become monitors and we are in open recruitment for others. The duties include: temperature checking at entrance, verification of Covenant on file, enforcing the wearing of masks and social distancing, and cleaning.
In order to worship in the Church, we need a larger monitor team so there are monitors who can disinfect the space after each service. If you are looking for a volunteer position at the church, this could be your chance. Simply send an email message to email@example.com to apply.
If you want to attend this Sunday or any Sunday, please sign-up on our Web Site, send an email to the same address above or leave a message on the parish phone.
And too, a Regathering Covenant must be on file prior to your attendance.
Please know that you will be in my prayers as I head off to the North. May God bless you and keep you.
REVISED OUTDOOR SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
We will have only one service at 9:00 A.M.
While the Rector is on vacation our Vergers will lead the service; and they have been commissioned to offer pre-consecrated communion bread to those who desire communion. When we resume outdoor worship on 8/2, we will be moving to the churchyard southside on the paved circle in the hopes of more shade and more flat surfaces for lawn chairs.
Also, please consider becoming a Monitor who would be able to help us disinfect the church before, between and after services on Sundays in the Fall. Simply email the Rector. When we have more monitors, in-church worship becomes possible.
7/26: Virtual Sunday Worship online at Parish Web Site
8/2: 9:00 A.M. Outdoor Worship with Communion
8/9: 9:00 A.M. Outdoor Worship with Communion
8/16: 9:00 A.M. Outdoor Worship with Communion
8/23: 9:00 A.M. Outdoor Worship with Communion
8/30: Virtual Worship online from Washington National Cathedral
Web Site at Bishop Budde’s invitation as the Preacher.
9/6: 9:00 A.M. Outdoor Worship with Communion
PRIOR TO YOUR ATTENDANCE YOU NEED TO:
1. If you have not sent in your SIGNED COVENANT, please know that it must be in the office prior to the service. A downloadable copy can be found at the bottom of this page.
2. YOU MUST ALSO MAKE A RESERVATION. SIGN-UP: ONLINE OR BY OFFICE PHONE MESSAGE. We are limited to 40 at each service, so attendance is on a first come first serve basis. Click the "Worship Sign In" button at the top of the page, use this tool to make a sign-in reservation for one of the services.
3. Before you depart for church, check your email or the parish phone message for any cancellation notice in case of wet or threatening weather.
GUIDELINES FOR IN PERSON REGATHERING:
Before You Arrive -
*Please sign and return the Diocesan Regathering Covenant. One must be on file for every person who plans to attend service. Return it by snail mail, email or snap a picture and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Parish Restrooms will be closed, so please consider this.
*For sanitary reasons you are also encouraged to download and print your own bulletin or follow the order of service on a tablet or other device.
*Take your temperature before you depart and stay home if you are not
*Bring you face covering or mask which is required to attend worship. A mask must be worn at all times except when receiving the communion.
*We have planned an outside service; you will need to bring your own lawn chair. Unfortunately, chairs will not be available. For you comfort you might also like to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a personal water bottle.
When you arrive
*No Touch temperature check.
*WEAR YOUR MASK.
*FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES OF 6 FEET and separate your folding chairs by six or more feet.
*Hand Sanitizer will be available for use throughout the service.
*A formal offering will not be collected. There will be a basket available for you to place your contribution in when you arrive or before you depart.
What to expect in Worship
*For the foreseeable future, there will be no singing. Singing has been proven to contribute to the spread of Covid-19.
*During the Exchange of the Peace, please remain at your seat.
*If communion in one form is offered, keep social distancing of six feet apart in line to receive bread.
According to the Episcopal Church, receiving in one form still represents Holy Communion.
When it is time to depart
*Regrettably, we will not be able at this time to join in a formal Fellowship Time with refreshment.
*Comply with social distancing requirements as you exit and return to your car.
Parish Prayer List -
Please hold the following people in prayer:
Ryker Hurst, Vera Standing, Dan Donnelly, Bernice Nunes, William, Chase Phifer, Eleanor Young, Davi Elizabeth Reznik, Phyllis Doughty, Elaine Austin, Bob Rotzinger, Angelica Wilkinson, Jan Barnes, Patti Johnston, Lu Emerson, Jonathan Tanner, Judy LaMarque, Stuart A. Wood, Aida Ledesma, Eunice Benson, Brad Gehrig, Robert Bennett, Buddy Brown, Emily, Judy Cavin, Marian Underwood, Gene LeTendre, Kyle Patrick, John, Tegan, Greta, Joan Schleicher, Billy Doughty, Linda Simpson, David Larson, Artie Miller, Chris Ferraro, Emmett, Natalie and David, and Taylor Benson and all of those serving in the military and their families.
We offer Prayers of Thanksgiving for our Holy Mower Teams.
Thank You To The Yard Sale Volunteers!
Steve Carroll managed a very successful Pop-Up Yard Sale last Saturday, so we want to thank him and all those who answered the call to volunteer. A special thanks to Louise Snell, Clara Stark and John McKendrew and others who weathered the heat wave. As Steve loves to say: “The Good Lord always provides.”
Forward Day By Day
The new Forward Day By Day booklets have arrived. You may pick-up one any time from the closed plastic container on the deck of the Parish Building.
While away from our Parish home, dwell intentionally with God
Jesus teaches us to come before God with humble hearts, boldly offering our thanksgivings and concerns to God or simply listening for God’s voice in our lives and in the world. Whether in thought, word or deed, individually or corporately, when we pray, we invite and dwell in God’s loving presence. The daily practice of making time and space to speak with God, to listen to God, or to simply be with God, clears a pathway for God to enter our lives. How will you start praying on the Way of Love?
Visit https://episcopalchurch.org/way-of-love for helpful tools to enrich your prayer life
Daily Worship Service
The Cathedral offers worship every day, Monday-Saturday, at 7am (Morning Prayer) and 7pm (Evening Prayer), and a celebration of Holy Eucharist Sundays at 11:15am. They live-stream the worship services on their web site and on YouTube. https://cathedral.org
A Prayer For The Power Of The Spirit Among God’s People:
God of all power and love, we give thanks for your unfailing presence and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss. Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire. Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world: a people who pray, worship, learn, break bread, share life, heal neighbors, bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit. Wherever and however we gather, unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission, that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Prayer For Social Order:
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.