14 Sept 2020

 St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter
September 14, 2020
Calendar Reminders
Sep 17 (Thursday) 6:30 pm ALL INQUIRER’S CLASSES Meeting at 321 (No more Tuesday pm classes)
Sep 19 9:30-11:30am AA Meeting
Sep 20 11:00 am St. Paul’s On-Line Worship Service—FaceBook Live https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsJe ff/live_videos/
Washington Cathedral on line 11:15 am and 7:30 pm
daily: https://cathedral.org/worship/
Collect for 16th Sunday after Pentecost (September 20th)
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lessons: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

Our Parish Prayer List:
We pray for our Bishops, Michael and Jennifer; for the people of our companion diocese of Brasilia and their bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mauricio Andrade; and for the people & Diocese of Haiti, and for St. Andre’s in Mithon.
In the diocesan cycle of prayer we pray for St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis--The Rev. Frank Impicciche. We also pray for our own parish of St. Paul’s, that our work here may be life-giving for others and for us, and that the Holy Spirit will guide us to those for whom our community would be life-giving.
For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples,
For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it,
For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering. We remember all who have asked us to remember them in prayer ... Virginia, Beverly, Juanita, Gwen, Mary Sue, Gus, Delani, Nan, David & Michele, Patricia, Sonny, John, Fred, Kacey, Star, and Bill. We also pray for Annette, for her daughter Jackie, and for their family.
For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them,
We pray for the victims of COVID-19: The sick, those who have died, the families who have suffered loss of loved ones, of jobs and other incomes, and of the companionship of friends. We pray for comfort in anxiety, for healing in physical and emotional pain and illness, and for courage to trust and work for a safer and more compassionate world.
In the communion of St Paul and all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.
For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one as you and the Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord. Make us one in heart and mind to serve you with joy forever. Amen.
From the SPTW team:
ONLINE MORNING PRAYER SERVICES: The next service will begin Sunday, Sept. 20th at 11:00 am. It will be on Facebook Live. https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsJeff/live_videos/ Every week, folks are checking out the broadcast, during and after the service! Please join us, and tell others about the service. Also Check YouTube for videos of past services at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCynD2CNlCMbJ5YOb1Euce5Q.
The final Inquirer’s Class for new members will meet at 6:30 pm at 321 (the rectory) on Thursday the 17th. UPDATE: In-Person Confirmation at St. Paul’s, New Albany by the Bishop will be on October 17, 2020.

We would love to have more volunteers to participate in the online Sunday Morning Prayer service, as readers, and/or as officiant. If you are interested, please let Jim know, or leave word with the parish office.
MANY THANKS for your faithfulness in sending in your pledges. We have kept up our payments so far, and are beginning to struggle to continue doing so. If you have not made a pledge this year, perhaps you could help us out with an offering sent by mail or delivered to the parish office.
Thanks to everyone who has expressed concern for the health and well-being of our parish and its members by making phone calls and being willing to help those of us in need! Our parish is blessed by so many caring members. If you have needs during this time of uncertainty please let us know!
PARISH OFFICE HOURS : MTWF 10:00-4:30 and Thurs 10:00 to 1:00 pm. Also, in case you missed it, Marylee’s new home phone number is 812-725-8179.
If you have something you’d like to add to the next SPTW, please email the team at stpaulsjeff@gmail.com by Sunday afternoon. Please put SPTW in the subject line.
HAVE YOU NOTICED? Phyllis and Susan provided and arranged new fall flowers for the prayer chapel for the Fall season. They have been on display for the past two Sundays for the online Morning Prayer Services.

The Covid-19 Report September 14, 2020
From Kim Hedges
These are the numbers for Clark County, Indiana: +The recommended positivity rate is 5%.
+The recommended infection rate is 0.3.
  Cumulative Positivity Rate
   Infection Rate
    New Cases
   Total Cases (Total Tests)
 7 Sep 8 Sep 9 Sep 10 Sep 11 Sep 12 Sep 13 Sep
9.6 Med 0.90
9.6 Med 0.91
9.6 Low 0.89
9.6 Low 0.86
9.7 Low 0.85
9.7 Low 0.83
9.6 Low 0.89
14 1887 (19563)
5 1892 (19642)
18 1910 (19763)
12 1922 (19850)
25 1947 (20041)
26 1973 (20339)
4 1977 (20566)
                                   FROM CHARLENE McANDREWS: (Reflection from September 13, 2020)
 I am not a Bible scholar by any stretch so I stand here to share some thoughts on today’s readings as a lay person, as a person of faith and as a person whose vocation is to work with folks with mental illness.
 I think the message is clear in Jesus’ response to Peter about how many times we are to forgive. Peter asks as though he is being very generous , “ As many as 7 times?” But Jesus shoots back, no, 77 times or in some translations it is 70 x 7. Really the message is an infinite number of times. Always forgive. Never hold a grudge. God is our role model, always offering unconditional forgiveness to us when we ask.

 In my work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I serve many folks who have experienced trauma and abuse that is horrific. Forgiveness can be a tough topic and professional guidance is essential. I see folks who hold tight to resentment and find their mental health as well as their physical health affected.
Holding on to anger, elevates stress hormones, which leads to more anxiety, elevated blood pressure, depression, cognitive changes. Our mind and body are truly connected.
Letting go and forgiving; feeling God’s love and presence to make that possible, can not only lift our souls but physically and mentally change us: irritability is decreased, self-esteem is elevated; relationships are strengthened; the immune system is stronger, our blood pressure is lowered.
We remembered the events of 9/11 on Friday. I think we all recall where we were and what
 we were doing on that day. I stumbled on a TED talk about forgiveness which illustrates the
power and the courage to forgive and the healing that can follow.
 Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi developed a friendship born of unthinkable loss.
Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's
son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence.
They connected as mothers, found strength in forgiveness. My description cannot do the talk
justice. I invite you to watch when you can and breathe in the mercy.
     Aicha el-Wafi + Phyllis Rodriguez: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship | TEDTalk
 Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss.
 Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-
 Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a
 life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and
 respect one another.
 This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on
 the home page.

  We are called to accept forgiveness from God and called to share that peace with others, St
 Francis wanted to be an instrument of that ultimate forgiveness. May we remember his
 words as we close:
 Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
 Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.
 St. Francis Statue, Bellarmine University

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