Pentecost VIII – July 26, 2020

Pentecost VIII – July 26, 2020

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

22 Cumberland Street, Clear Spring, MD.

July 26, 2020       

Pentecost VIII


“CHURCH with NO WALLS” (Around 11:00 A.M.)

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 2 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.

Father Steve & Melanie away this week (July 27th – August 1st.) visiting family: Father Steve and Melanie will be away this week visiting Rhett; Beth; Liam, and Evan. They will leave early tomorrow morning, July 27th, and return home Saturday Evening, August 1st.

Deacon John away on vacation with family: Deacon John is away today, and next Sunday, August 2nd., with his family, vacationing in Nags Head, NC.

Morning Prayer this Week: There will be no “In-Person” Morning Prayer Services this week at St. Andrew’s July 27th. – July 31st. while Father Steve and Melanie are away visiting family. However, Morning Prayer will be Livestreamed on the St. Andrew’s Facebook Page, by Father Steve this week, Tuesday July 28th – Friday July 31st. at 9:00 a.m. from Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. 

Church with No Walls”: An additional worship opportunity is coming to St. Andrew’s, starting today. This outside, “Contemporary Style” Worship Service, is being hosted once a month by families who have the ability (LARGE – OUTSIDE – SAFE – WIDE OPEN SPACE) to host the“Church with No Walls”. These outside services will be very informal, but will definitely be full of the Holy Spirit! There will be Contemporary Christian Music from some of our current modern Christian Artists; including Folk; Bluegrass; and Country Music. There will be a scripture reading, and Father Steve will deliver a message. Today, Chris and Amy Babbie, will be our hosts for the “Church with No Walls” service. The service begins around 11:00 a.m. Remember, this is an additional; once a month, worship service. “Church with Open Walls” is NOT replacing our regular Sunday Morning Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. However, Father Steve is OK with those who on the Sundays we do “Church with No Walls” elect not come to the 9:00 a.m. service at the Church, but instead come to the outside service at 11:00 a.m. We are looking at doing this additional service up through November. Sheila & Kent will host in August; Elizabeth will host at her venue; Millers Farmstead, in September. Dates for August; September; October, and November, will be forthcoming in next week’s announcements. Please bring folding chairs. 

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.

Prayers for those in the Military: Benjamin Benner

Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer

Please pray for the team responsible for preparing the Lambeth Conference, which was due to be taking place now – please pray for them as they consider the implications of its postponement in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Cycle of Prayer

Grace, Darlington

Holy Cross, The Rocks

Holy Trinity, Churchville

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