Eucharist Continues this Sunday, August 23rd
We will resume our pre-pandemic worship schedule with celebrations of the Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am, 10:30 am, and 12:30 pm (en Espanol). All of the previous precautions for in-person worship will continue: mask wearing, social distancing, contact tracing sign-in, hand sanitizing, etc. Please make the choice that is best for you and your family's health and safety.
All of these services will also be available live (and later recorded) on the St. Augustine's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/staugmet
You can also dial in and listen to the live broadcast by dialing (888)958-7272 and then entering these codes:
8:00 AM - 640028339
10:30 AM - 715647030
12:30 PM - 584854244
Serving this Sunday:
8:00 am Ronald Coats, LEM; Brian Noustens, Usher
10:30 am Stella Sanson LEM; Sharon Flemming, Usher
Coffee Hour and Adult Christian Formation
On Sunday, August 23rd, Fr. AJ will conclude a Zoom class entitled "Episcopal Church 101." The Zoom "classroom" will open at 9:00 am for general visiting (kind of like a virtual coffee hour). The class will begin at 9:15 am and end at 10:00 am. The link for the class (either via computer or dial-in) is below. The link will be the same for all three classes. This introduction to the Episcopal way of being the Church is intended to be a refresher for some, a preparation for those considering Confirmation (see below), or an introduction to the curious. If someone you know fits one of those categories, please invite them to join in!
Tuesday Bible Study is Zooming!
If you'd like to virtually attend the Tuesday Bible Study (from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm) please follow the link below. We "read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest" the Gospel for the coming Sunday. All are welcome!
Pen Pal Ministry
One of the things that makes St. Augustine's a rare and life-giving community are our inter-generational relationships--a web of connections offering support and encouragement, wisdom and insight between people of all ages. As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, continuing those connections is more important than ever. We are hoping that by starting a "pen pal ministry" we will accomplish the following objectives:
Get Ready for the Bishop--Sunday, August 30th!!!
The Bishop is coming for his annual visitation on Sunday, August 30th, at 10:30 am, where he will officiate and preach. Please make plans to attend the worship service either "here" or online. The sacrament of Confirmation will likely have to be postponed to a later date, but updates will be announced as they become known. Unfortunately, the Reception for the Bishop and the Candidates will also be postponed to 2021.
Formation 45 (Sunday School)
On Sunday, September 13, our "Formation 45" will begin for both children and adults of our parish. Each Sunday from 9:15am to 10am (45 minutes), we will have Children's Sunday School via Zoom, while ages 6th grade through adults will have Christian formation with Father AJ (also via zoom). Eventually, we hope these activities will return to in-person, but for now, we are celebrating the grace that technology allows! If you are ages 6th grade through adult, no pre-registration is necessary. ALL are welcome every Sunday or every once-in-a-while. For our pre-K through 5th grade, we are asking that you pre-register so we know how many packets to purchase. If you have a grandchild that may visit with you a few times during the school year, we would like to encourage you to register them. If you have a child that MIGHT want to participate(we are not asking for a commitment as we know things are currently fluid), please email Catherine so she can include them in the count. Please email by August 27th so we have time for the materials to arrive.
Gratitude from Don & Cheryl Greco
A gift was made to St. Augustine's by Don and Cheryl Greco in thanksgiving for the many acts of generosity, support and assistance that they have received from members of the congregation during their recent health challenges. In making the gift, Don and Cheryl wanted to offer something in return, but not in a way that would appear merely transactional so as not to reject or negate the gift that they've received. As Don put explained, "we want to reach all those who have helped us over the past two years, those who provided us with prayers and moral support, with transportation to therapy, and with so many wonderful meals." Thanks be to God from whom all blessings flow. And thanks be to God for the chance to be in that flow!
News About Althea Clark's Sister
Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Helen Caceres, sister of Althea Clark, who died this week. Funeral services are pending at this time. May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
An Idea to Make Giving to St. Augustine's Easier
As probably most of us have encountered, the new income tax regulations have eliminated the ability to itemize deductions. To some degree this may consciously or subconsciously curb our enthusiasm toward charitable donations, which, of course could have an adverse effect on St. Augustine's.Church.
If you own an IRA, you are required to take a mandatory distribution annually once you reach the age of 70.5 or 72 depending on your birthday. What you may not know is that you can have all or part of that distribution earmarked for a particular charitable organization (St. Augustine's we hope!). The extremely important piece of information is that when preparing your taxes you will find a section under the "IRA distribution" area which asks if you've taken part or all of the distribution as a charitable donation.
To say it as simply as possible: this makes the charitable donation part of your distribution virtually TAX FREE!.
While it is not mandatory that we take the distribution this year because of the pandemic, why not be "wise as serpents" and generous as saints (to paraphrase Jesus) and at least take a distribution on the charitable donation amount rather than just do the monthly donation for which you receive no deduction.
A Message from our Conference Center
In mid-March, the full breath of the COVID-19 crisis stunned the whole Solomon Episcopal Conference Center team with each ring of the phone and the certainty that yet another cancellation was on the other line.
It became evident that this pandemic would be far worse than Katrina. With no light at the end of the tunnel, furloughs began and rigorous measures were enacted in hopes we could prevent the Solomon Center from closing.
Panic stricken and running out of options, we sent out our first appeal letter for financial assistance. The response was overwhelmingly swift and generous. That was our first glimmer of hope that all of the harsh measures were worth it. You told us you value the Solomon Center by the donations that began to arrive. Despite retreat centers closing all around us, because of you, the gates to the Center remain open and we are here for you.
On September 13th, this year's SECC SUNDAY is vital to the sustainability of the Center. Your contribution ensures that our ministry continues.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation. No amount is too small!
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