Pentecost VII – July 19th

Pentecost VII – July 19th

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

22 Cumberland Street, Clear Spring, MD.

July 19, 2020       

Pentecost VII


Orange Phase: We are now in the Diocesan approved “Orange Phase”. There are some requirements, and restrictions for us to be in this phase of “Regathering”. Please follow the directions on the posted signs, and from our ushers. The tape on the floor, and in the pews, mark the Social Distancing requirements. Those who live together, are exempted from the Social Distancing requirements. However, please do not sit in the pews that are closed. 

Receiving Holy Communion: Please come to the Communion rail to receive the Sacrament (Bread). You may stand only, and we can have 3 people at the rail the same time and follow the Social Distancing requirements. Those living together are exempted from the distancing requirements at the Communion Rail, but are required to stand while receiving the Sacrament.

One Year Bible Challenge” is Returning to St. Andrew’s!: Father Steve is bringing back the “One Year Bible Challenge”, that we did several years ago. There are too many distractions in the World right now, and the best way to balance our lives is by studying the Bible in its entirety (Genesis – Revelation). This daily reading (Monday – Saturday) follows an outline, and Father Steve wrote a Commentary/Explanation for each daily reading. The “One Year Bible Challenge” will begin on Monday, August 3, 2020. Please consider joining your fellow Christians by allowing yourself to become fully Immersed in the Greatest Book ever written! The outline is available for you to print from the Church website.

Adult Education Will Return in October: In addition to those doing the One Year Bible Challenge that begins in August; Father Steve will invite the adults to read a very interesting book that he read in seminary. This book will be read by the adults through the week, and discussed for several weeks on Sundays during Adult Education. The title of this book is “The Lost Letters of Pergamum – A Story from the New Testament World” by Bruce W. Longenecker. The book is fiction, but every person who has read it, believes it is non-fiction, including Father Steve. You will be surprised in the outcome of this book. As we get closer to October, Father Steve will take orders for the book. It is paperback, and the Adult Education class is asked to pay for their own copies.

Confirmation in 3 Weeks at St. Andrew’s: We will have 3 Confirmands (Dicky Repp; Jocelyne Donahue, and Rick Barlup) to present for Confirmation on Sunday, August 9th at 9:00 a.m. Our Assistant Bishop, and the 13th Bishop of Maryland, The Right Rev’d. Robert Wilkes Ihloff, will be here to Celebrate, and Confirm our Confirmands. In addition to Confirming our Confirmands, Bishop Ihloff will be the Celebrant for the Eucharist, and Preach. Because of the current COVID restrictions, there will be no fellowship/reception at the Church following the service. Bishop Ihloff will meet with the Confirmands prior to the 9:00 a.m. service.

Church with No Walls”: An Additional Worship Opportunity to our regular Sunday Morning 9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist will be coming to St. Andrew’s starting on Sunday, July 26th. Father Steve will say more this morning during announcements.

Ongoing Prayers & Needs:  Tim – Jennifer – The Rev. Elizabeth Sipos (Daniel Weatherholt’s Spouse recovering from surgery.) – Polly – Lynn – Sandy – Kathi – Eric & Regan – Pam – Don – Nell – Geraldine & George. The Homeless. The Police Officers of this Country. All First Responders. Those in the medical profession, and all hospital workers.

Departed: Carl H. Hillringhouse;   Robert Skipper (Father Steve will be Officiating the service for Bob, this Friday, July 24th. at Thompson’s)

Prayers for those in the Military: Benjamin Benner

Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer

Pray for the Episcopal Church in the Philippines

The Most Revd Joel Atiwag Pachao – Prime Bishop of the Philippines

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Cycle of Prayer

Ascension, Scarboro

Christ Church, Rock Spring

Emmanuel, Belair

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