27 July 2020

 St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter
July 27, 2020
 Calendar Reminders
Aug 1 9:30-11:30 AA Meeting
 Aug 2 11:00 am St. Paul’s On-Line Worship Service—FaceBook Live https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsJeff /live_videos/
Diocese of N. Indiana (St. James Cathedral) 10:15 AM Sunday https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC CKWYmjR8F8_Eu1dOKZ1jdA
Washington Cathedral on line 11:15 am and 7:30 pm
daily: https://cathedral.org/worship/
Collect for 9th Sunday after Pentecost (August 2nd )
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lessons: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7,16; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13- 21.
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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. Stephen’s, Elwood, Ms. Gloria Mays, Senior Warden. 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 and Kacey.
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, August 2nd 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.
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Several people have inquired about joining the church. Bishop Jennifer has informed the diocese she will be conducting a Confirmation Service in the Fall. If you would be interested in being a part of a Confirmation Class, please contact the Office or Deacon Jim.
The insurance inspection requirements that we recently learned we had to take care of have been completed. The sprinkler system was upgraded successfully week before last, and last week the electrical upgrade was completed at 321. The changeover to a new circuit breaker box left holes in the wall because of the smaller size, which were promptly repaired by Bob and Mike.
MANY THANKS for your faithfulness in sending in your pledges and offerings. We have kept up our payments so far, and need to continue doing so.
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!
The Parish Secretary would like to remind everyone that regular office hours for the rest of the summer will be Monday through Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
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. Many
thanks.
The Covid-19 Report July 27, 2020
From Kim Hedges
These are the numbers for Clark County, Indiana:
+The recommended positivity rate is 5%. This number reflects the positive cases divided by the number of tests administered. It is important to note that this number needs to be incredibly low because a lot of employers are requiring two negative tests before a person can return to the workplace. It also reflects the fact that this test comes back with false negatives often and that many people get the test early after exposure before the disease has multiplied enough to show a positive result.
+The recommended infection rate is 0.3. Please note that the infection rate data lags about a week. So the numbers given each week reflect the past week. This number shows how many people a single positive case could transmit the disease to under normal circumstances.
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     Date
20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July
Positivity Infection New Total Rate Rate Cases Cases
8.5 High 9 782 1.13
8.6 High 24 806 1.13
8.6 High 15 821 1.14
8.6 High 19 840 1.14
8.7 High 29 869 1.14
8.8 High 28 897 1.15
8.9 High 15 912 1.16
                                        From Deacon Jim:
Many thanks to Charlene and Mariane and Phyllis for doing yesterday’s Service! What a blessing it was.
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 me know, or leave word with the parish office.
REJOICE ALWAYS! PRAY WITHOUT CEASING! GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! FOR THAT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR US!
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FROM CHARLENE: (Reflection from Sunday, July 26th)
MEDITATION ON HOPE AND LOVE IN A TIME OF STRUGGLE
By Alice Anacheka-Nasemann
In a world so filled with brokenness and sorrow
It would be easy to lose ourselves in never ending grief, To be choked by our outrage
To be paralyzed by the enormity of suffering,
To feel our hearts squeeze tight with hopelessness.
Instead, this morning, let us simply breathe together as we hold our hearts open.
Breathing in as our hearts fill with compassion
Breathing out as we pray for healing in our world & in our lives.
Breathing in, opening ourselves to the transforming power of love Breathing out as we pray for peace in our world & in our lives.
Breathing in as we hold hope in our hearts
Breathing out as we pray for justice in our world & in our lives.
May we know our strength
May we be filled with courage
May our love flow from us into this world.
Breathing in, we are the prayer Breathing out, we are the healing
Breathing in, we are the love Breathing out, we are the peace
Breathing in, we are the hope Breathing out, we are the justice
May we know our strength
May we be filled with courage
May our love flow from us into this world.
Amen, blessed be, may it ever be so.
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