The Bishop is Coming this Sunday, August 30th
The Rt. Rev. Morris K Thompson, Jr. will visit this Sunday to preach and celebrate at the 10:30 Eucharist. He will also confirm Lily Coats. We will also celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am 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.
All of these services will also be available live (and later recorded) on the St. Augustine's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/staugmet
Please make the choice that is best for you and your family's health and safety.
You can also dial in and listen to the live broadcast by dialing (888)958-7272 and then entering these codes:
8:00 AM - 667510371
10:30 AM - 166390845
12:30 PM - 157209074
Serving this Sunday:
8:00 AM - Kathy Chiles, LEM; TBD, Usher; Pat Roy, Priest Server
10:30 AM - Frank Boimare, LEM; TBD, Usher; Ava Esquivel, Priest Server; Kyla Wilson & Kenzlie Wilson, Torchbearers
Coffee Hour and Adult Christian Formation
We will not have the Zoom Coffee and Hour and Formation Class this Sunday, August 30th due to the Bishop's visit. However, please plan on attending after the 8:00 Eucharist on Sept. 6th to hear about the plans for both Adult and Children's Formation beginning on Sept. 13th. For a preview, check out the book, Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs & Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe.
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:
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 Coats 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!
Hurricane Laura Response
"The breakers of death rolled over me,
and the torrents of oblivion made me afraid.
The cords of hell entangled me,
and the snares of death were set for me.
I called upon the Lord in my distress
and cried out to my God for help." Psalm 18:4-6
In these hours as the damage from Hurricane Laura comes into clearer focus, may we heed the words of the psalmist and call upon the Lord in our distress. Pray for those who are anxious, afraid, injured, distraught, endangered, or homeless. Open your heart to ways to be of comfort and support. For now, making monetary donations to reputable "on the ground" charities is the best way to help (Red Cross, Episcopal Relief and Development). Please also be gentle with yourselves and one another. PTSD is real and the images of flooding and destruction at the time of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is likely to stir up latent emotions. Again, remember the words of the Psalmist:
"They confronted me in the day of my disaster;
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into an open place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me." Psalm 18:19-20
Peace be with you and God be with all those who are suffering.