FATHER MARK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
COVID-19 Re-Entry News -- Last night the vestry met and reviewed our parish re-opening plan and the most current available data, and it was decided that unless the new case trends rise between now and then, we will hold our first public worship in the sanctuary on Sunday, August 16th at 10:00 A.M. The vestry and I will continue to track the numbers and if things change for the worse we will postpone until decline occurs, but as of this morning, we are proceeding with this plan. There will be many more communications about this in the coming weeks, including a video tutorial about how we will safely share communion, but the bullet points are these:
Here is this week's chart of cases. The dotted 14-day average trendline is the marker we are following.
Happy Birthday!! Happy Anniversary!!
Adam Moreno July 23 Kevin & Monica Lehr July 23
Sarah Williams July 26
Steve Shaw July 28
Alyson Anderson-Saenz July 29
1) Prayer Requests: Please email your prayer requests to Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have email, just call the church and leave a message. The requests must be received on Tuesday’s before 12:00pm for them to be included in the Sunday Bulletin for that week. If the request is received after 12:00pm on Tuesday, they will be added to the next Sunday Bulletin. We will follow the same process and keep the names on for two weeks.
2) ALL IN-PERSON SERVICES SUSPENDED FOR NOW SUNDAY’S 10 A.M. SERVICES WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE – Saint Francis Episcopal Church (Saint must be spelled out, do not abbreviate)
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3) System Updates: Thank you to everyone who responded. If any of your information changes please let Gina or Father Mark know. You can email us at email@example.com or call 308-632-4626 and leave a message.
The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 23, 2020THURSDAY, July 23 John CassianActs 9:10-12 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so he might regain his sight.”
From the Archives: December 4, 1943
We recently learned of a striking experience on the islands of the Inland Sea near Japan. A sailor approached a priest and asked him to call upon a friend in deep spiritual need.
The missionary, tired out after a hard day’s work, turned to a recent convert and said, “I am dreadfully tired. Won’t you go and take him a Bible?” The friend replied, “No, teacher. It is not time to take that man a Bible. That book is yours, and now, thank God, it is mine also, but it is not time to take that man a Bible. Teacher, that man is reading you yet awhile. As Christ lives in you, so he lives in that man, and as he fails in you, he fails in that man.”
The missionary could not sleep that night. Before daybreak, he set out to see the man. Let us be silent for a space and listen for that still small voice.
MOVING FORWARD: Who is reading you? Who is calling out to you with a spiritual need.
PRAY for the Dioceses of Masasi (Tanzania) and Upper Shire (Malawi)
Ps 50 * [59, 60] or 66, 67 | Joshua 9:3-21 | Romans 15:1-13 | Matthew 26:69-75
Gina’s Office Hours
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (at the church)
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (work from home)
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (work from home)