Pentecost XI

Pentecost XI

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

22 Cumberland Street, Clear Spring, MD.

August 16, 2020       

Pentecost XI


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.

Adult Education Will Return in October:  We will read the following book; “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, we will discuss this book during Adult Education. The book is in paperback, and the Adult Education class is asked to pay for their own copies. A roster is going around the Church beginning today for those who want Father Steve to order the book. The cost (at this time) is $14.49 per book through Amazon. Please make a check out to Father Steve’s discretionary account. Father Steve will order the book through Amazon. Remember, you may also order the book on your own.

Church With No Walls” Next Sunday – August 23rd: An additional worship opportunity at St. Andrew’s has been initiated by Fr. Steve. These outside services are called “Church With No Walls”, and are hosted once a month by different families who have property with LARGE – OUTSIDE – SAFE – WIDE OPEN SPACE. These outside services are very informal; Contemporary Music is used, but the service is full of the Holy Spirit! Service begins around 11:00 a.m. Kent & Sheila will host the “Church With No Walls”, next Sunday, August 23rd. at their residence around 11:00 a.m. Address to Kent & Sheila’s house will be verbally announced in Church today. Please let Kent & Sheila know if you are coming. Remember, there is still a 9:00 a.m. service at the Church. Fr. Steve does not expect folks to be at both the 9:00 a.m. service at the Church and also the 11:00 a.m. “Church With No Walls” service. Choose which one you want to come to, but you are most welcome to attend both.

Sunday school Classes are now “ZOOMED”: Our Children’s Sunday school classes are now ZOOMED live on the internet.

Western Theme” for Rally Sunday – September 27th: Since we have a few “Cowboys/Cowgirls” in the congregation, Father Steve talked to the Sunday school teachers about the whole congregation participating in a “Western Theme” Sunday. If you have anything that you think is Western, or makes you look like a “Cowboy/Cowgirl”, we are asking you to wear it on Rally Sunday, September 27th.

Ongoing Prayers & Needs:  Cindy – The Right Reverend Robert W. Ihloff – The Rev. Mark Ricker – Kevin – Tim – Jennifer – The Rev. Elizabeth Sipos – Polly – Lynn – Sandy – Kathi – Eric & Regan – Pam – Don – 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

 Pray for the Scottish Episcopal Church

The Most Revd Mark Strange – Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church & Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Cycle of Prayer

Holy Apostles & St Stephen’s, Arbutus

St Andrew’s, Glenwood

St Barnabas’, Sykesville

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