25 Feb 2020

St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter February 25, 2020
Mar 1 at 10:15—Homily and Holy Eucharist, Rev. Ben Sanders • Ushers: Ben and Debbie
• Lectors: Kim and Hannah
• Chalicist: Kim
• Counters: Debbie and Mike N
St Paul’s Outside the Walls – In March we will be making Easter baskets for the youth shelter.
Feb 25 @ 5:30-7:00 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
Feb 26 @ 10:30 – Spiritual Companion Group
Feb 26 @ 7 pm – Ash Wednesday Service
Mar 1 @ 9:25 – Forum with Phyllis and Luke: Protecting, Serving and Empowering our Immediate Families
Mar 4 @ 6 pm – Pitch-in and Bible Study
Mar 4 @ 6 pm– Vestry + Search Committee meeting
Mar 8 @ 10:15 – Holy Eucharist and Homily, Bishop Jennifer Mar 8 @ 6:30 – Contemplative Prayer Practice
Mar 8 @ 7:00 – Contemplative Worship
Mar 11 @ 10:30 – Spiritual Companion Group
From the SPTW team
If you have something you’d like to add to the next SPTW, please email the team at stpaulsjeff@gmail.com by Monday afternoon. Please put SPTW in the subject line. Many thanks.
From The Episcopal News Service
Executive Council selects Louisville for 2024 General Convention
By Egan Millard Posted Feb 17, 2020
The last time General Convention met in Province IV – which contains the Diocese of Kentucky – was in 1982 in New Orleans. It’s also Curry’s home province, and this will be his last General Convention as Presiding Bishop. Accessibility was another factor. Louisville is within a day’s drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population, Barlowe said, and the city’s brand-new convention center, several hotels, the Episcopal cathedral and an arena big enough for a revival are all within a 5-minute walk. Having General Convention there will also present a chance to highlight the city’s “breathtaking” work on racial reconciliation in recent years, Barlowe said.
Liturgical Calendar: Ash Wednesday and Lent
Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self- examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.
Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Taken from the Book of Common Prayer
Spotlight on the Search Committee
The search committee met with Jennifer Phelps from the diocese transition team on
Wednesday 2/19 during the vestry meeting . Jennifer shared information regarding a potential candidate and the committee has decided to move forward with the interview process. We will meet with the candidate on March 4th at 6 PM and send updates after the interview. If anyone has a specific question they want to have asked during the interview, feel free to send them to one of the committee members.
Search committee members are:
Luke Stifler – co-chair Dennis McAndrews – co-chair

Kevin Brown
Phyllis Nelson Charlene McAndrews
Words from Deacon Jim
Steve Fleece Ginny Stroh Susan Madara
Why Do We Do What We Do? - 2 A ‘Reasonable’ Faith?
Ever hear of Richard Hooker? Well, not many of us have! He was an English theologian who lived about 600 years ago. More on him in a minute. When Henry VIII broke off from the Roman Catholic Church in the 1520’s the new Anglican Church had to deal with two opposing doctrines: The Catholics who believed that authority rested in both Scripture and Tradition (they believed that God revealed himself through scriptures AND the teachings of the Pope) and the rebelling Protestants who said ‘sola scriptura,’ Scriptures only! The Anglican Church tried to maneuver between these two doctrines (remember the Via Media) by saying that the Scriptures contained ‘all that is needed to be known for Salvation.’ Thus, they allowed for some ‘wiggle room’ in matters not mentioned in scripture. For example: ‘Do you believe that Mary was taken to heaven?’ Catholic answer: YES!! Protestant answer: NO!! Anglican answer: ‘Yes, No, Don’t Know, Don’t Care.’
Now for Richard Hooker. Hooker said that while Scripture is the primary authority for Christian faith, it is not self-explanatory. It needs to be interpreted and re-interpreted from age to age and culture to culture. Thus, TRADITION and REASON become tools to guide us in discerning God’s presence and will in our daily lives and circumstances. Yes, God reveals himself in Scripture but he also reveals himself in Nature and Prayer and Faith. Therefore, an understanding of our world through different lenses, including science and reason, does not stand against our faith but gives it perspective, authenticity and, yes, authority.
Thanks to Richard Hooker ‘Episcopalians are willing to live with diverse beliefs and evolving interpretations rather than accept infallible certainty and binding prescriptions for all times.’ Thanks, Richard!
[Information gathered from ‘A People Called Episcopalians’ by John Westerhoff and Sharon Pearson]

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