St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter
May 4, 2020
Calendar Reminders
All in-person worship and activities of the Church are suspended until further notice.
Washington Cathedral on line 11:15 am and 7:30 pm daily:
https://cathedral.org/worship/
Diocese of N. Indiana (St. James Cathedral) 10:15 AM Sunday

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCKWYmjR8F8_Eu1dOKZ1jdA
     Apr 12-May 30
May 10 May 21 May 31
The Season of the Resurrection Mother’s Day Ascension Day Day of Pentecost
Collect for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 10th)
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lessons: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14
 
When will we resume our ‘in-person’ worship?
Bishop Jennifer is in regular contact and conversation with state and national leaders and health officials about when it will be safe and reasonable to reopen our in-person worship services. On Thursday, April 30th, she announced to regional Episcopal leadership that at this point, we will not be holding services in the church before the end of May.
We continue to offer links to services and resources from the National Cathedral and our own diocesan Virtual Abbey, but for those who desire real, ‘non-virtual’ worship, may we suggest our Book of Common Prayer. If you would like a BCP dropped off at your home, call the office (812-282-1108) and we will get one to you. We will also make available a simple primer on how to use the BCP for daily worship.
May God bless this church (and all churches) during this time. Praise God that his word may be revealed to us wherever we are!
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 of St. Andre’s in Mithon.
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On May 10 , in the diocesan cycle of prayer we pray for . 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.
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.
We give thanks for all those who give their time and their lives to care for the sick and dying, and also for those who provide necessary services and goods to us all. We pray for their safety and strength to continue their very necessary and life-giving work.
We pray for: Jesse, Virginia, Beverly, Juanita, Gwen, Mary Sue, Gus, Delani, Nan, David & Michele, Patricia, Sonny, John.
For those who are temporarily away from the parish, we pray: for Mike & Jackie in Florida.
Lord of the Church, hear our prayer and make us one in heart and mind to serve you with joy forever. Amen.

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 Sunday afternoon. Please put SPTW in the subject line. Many thanks.
THANKS TO ALL those faithful who continue to remember to send in their pledges and offerings. Bills are still being paid on time. We are aware that many are living on depleted funds, and appreciate that you continue your pledges and offerings as you are able.
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!
Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, the bipartisan Indiana Election Commission voted to implement several changes for the upcoming primary election, which has been moved from May 5 to June 2. The most notable change allows any Hoosier to vote by mail with an absentee ballot, though in-person voting and early voting will still be available.
THE STORY OF AN ILL WIND From Sonny McCulloch
My maternal grandmother grew up in rural Tennessee and I remember she had many odd (I considered them odd) sayings. One of them was “It is an ill wind that doesn’t blow good to someone.”
About three weeks ago a rather gusty storm took down some metal flashing on the gables at 321, leaving a section dangling dangerously over our neighbor’s roof. Upon receiving word, I telephoned Brad Blankenship at Skyguard General Contracting, the folks who did the roofing of the church and 321 several years ago. By the next day he had a crew on the job and advised that both gables needed covering with metal. The cost estimate was $1100 to $1200 and he would repair the rotted out section on the end of the parish hall. Three days later the work was completed.
Two days later and another high wind hit. I received a call there was a piece of metal in the yard at 321. Brad came back and found the repairs intact. The metal was a piece of scrap that had not been picked up. He also decided he didn’t like the parish hall repair and was going to have it redone (which he did). In a phone conversation he advised the job was completed and the cost would be $1150. He then inquired if I were staying in and behaving myself. I told him how St. Paul’s supports the Center for Lay Ministries with monthly food collections, but this month due to our closure there was no collection. That same morning at brother Bill’s suggestion we had gone to Sam’s Club and purchased three cases of soup and delivered same to CLM.
Brad inquired if the food pantry was being hit hard during the crisis. “Yes, it is and the church is getting 4 to 6 calls a day inquiring about food.” The conversation continued a bit and Brad said: “Take the money for the roof repairs and spend it on food for the food pantry at CLM.” I was somewhat taken aback. After thanking him I requested that we give the money to CLM so they can spend it to restock what they need. Brad agreed. Jim Stanton and I delivered the check to CLM this past Thursday. The director was both surprised and grateful. So, the ill wind that blew on 321 blew all the way to the food pantry at CLM.
    
Here are some photos of the occasion:
CLM mission statement, workers, scenes in the pantry,
   Signing the paperwork
  And the check was presented!
Let’s remember to continue support of CLM. Since we will probably remain closed through May anyone desiring to contribute food items may drop them off at our office or take them directly to CLM telling them the donation is from St. Paul's or alternatively a cash/check donation mailed to our office will be forwarded on.
 
Words from Deacon Jim:
The Ties That Bind
Re-Connecting With Our Religion?
Bishop Jennifer, in consultation with State and Public Health officials, has asked that churches refrain from in-person worship through May. While this is frustrating for many, it does suggest that there’s light at the end of the tunnel and we’re invited to begin looking forward to getting back together again! If these past couple of months have been a time of ‘out of sight out of mind,’ then now is the time to dust off our spirituality; now’s the time to re-awaken our religion!
A popular refrain in today’s culture is ‘I’m spiritual but not religious!’ For many this means ‘I seek a relationship with God but I don’t want to get mixed up in the ‘YOU MUST BELIEVE THIS WAY OR ELSE!!’ sort of thing. The word ‘religion’ has gotten a bad rap in recent generations precisely because it has somehow become inseparable from ‘dogma’ or ‘doctrine’ or ‘I’m right and you’re wrong.’ Unfortunately, saying we’re ‘religious’ these days can serve to separate us and force us into opposing belief systems. OUCH! Surely, a loving God does not want his Creation to be ‘us vs. them!’
Actually, ‘religion’ is not supposed to be divisive at all! The word ‘religion’ literally means ‘re-ligamenting’ (as in the ligaments that connect bone to bone). Religion is actually that which binds us together! If spirituality is God connecting with people then religion is people connecting with people through God. Religion can be thought of as a structure by which people come together to explore their spirituality and in the process see themselves as a body, the Body of Christ.
So, how do we begin to plug ourselves back in? How do we re-connect with the Body? Those who’ve grown up with social media know of the endless ways people can connect electronically and hopefully they are finding connectivity in the Diocesan Virtual Abbey and services from the National Cathedral. Then there are those of an older generation who feel a visceral connection every time they hold a Prayer Book in their hands. For them, there was (is!) a connection (and a comfort) knowing that even as they observe Morning Prayer people from all over the country and the world are joining in.
PERHAPS ONE THING THAT WE CAN ALL DO TO RE-CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER IS TO TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT OUR FAITH AND WHY WE DO THE THINGS WE DO! Here are three resources that can bind us together even when we’re apart!
1. Jesus was an Episcopalian (and you can be one, too). Go to jesuswasanepiscopalian.org.
There you will find a delightful series of 3-5 minute videos that will re-connect us with our faith. These are so well done! You are invited to enjoy these mini-lessons one at a time and at your own pace. You will be heartened by the beauty, elegance and spiritual depth of our rather unique approach to seeking God!
2. The Episcopal Café. Log on to episcopalcafe.org but have your cup of coffee with you. There are easy to digest articles and news items of all kinds that will enlighten and challenge, just the thing to get us started in the morning or be a thoughtful lunch companion!

3. For a basic primer of our faith go to P.845 in the Book of Common Prayer. There you will find the Episcopalian ‘take’ on such questions as:
‘What does it mean to be created in the image of God?’
‘What does it mean when we say that Jesus is the only Son of God?’ ‘How do we recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives?’
Plus many, many more!
We live in challenging times but we are not meant to go through this alone; by God’s grace we are inseparably connected within Christ’s Body. Thanks be to God!
Let us pray together:
Almighty God, you sent your son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself: We praise and bless you for those whom you have sent in the power of the Spirit to preach the Gospel to all nations. We thank you that in all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by their prayers and labors, and that in every place your servants call upon your Name; for the kingdom and the power and the glory are yoursforever.Amen. (BCPP.838)
REJOICE ALWAYS! PRAY WITHOUT CEASING! GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! FOR THAT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR US!
 

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