Weekly E-News - April 1, 2020

Updated Holy Week and Easter Schedule  

Note some service will be live-streamed and some will be on Zoom. 

Our Holy Spaces at St. Philip's 

By Sharron Carnes, Sr. Warden 

As this social distancing extends into a future for an unknown time, we will all become more anxious to be about our normal activities, especially as the weather warms up, the grass turns green, and the wildflowers begin to bloom.  Many in this more rural area have places where they can continue to keep a healthy distance from crowds and get out of the house.  For others who live in apartments or neighborhoods, that may be more difficult. The beautiful grounds of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church provide opportunities for walking or sitting on benches, for private prayer and contemplation, and more. Now more than ever, the labyrinth, Camino Sagrado, provides a place to pray for the health and wellbeing of individuals and community. There are lovely benches that sit near a trickling fountain and beneath a mighty oak tree which has survived for many generations. The possibilities beyond walking the labyrinth in that setting might include taking along your Bible, the Book of Common Prayer or another book to read, a sketch book, needle work, notecards to write to someone who can’t get out at all, or even a yoga mat. In addition to the labyrinth, the nearby Stations of the Cross offer yet another way to center oneself. You might possibly want to visit the columbarium and the saints who abide there.

If you arrive and someone else is already strolling or sitting on a bench, remember to keep a healthy distance. Wave or bow or send a peace sign or some other greeting to let them know they are loved.  It might be good to take along hand sanitizer or hand wipes to clean your hands before and after using the informational kiosks or to wipe off the bench where you sit. Please take any used wipes with you as you leave.

Stay well physically, mentally and spiritually as we muscle on until we can again meet together to worship and share in the Holy Eucharist and each other’s precious company.

The Next Right Step: Updates from Bishop Reed

For the diocese and for St. Philip's. 
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. A short time ago Bishop Reed e-mailed the clergy, wardens, and congregations of the Diocese concerning COVID-19. He is extending the suspension of in-person worship and meetings through April 30. This was to be expected given the current situation and I am grateful for and fully support his decision. Though we will be celebrating Holy Week and Easter in new and different ways this year, the meaning of those days and their intersection with our lives will certainly be revealed and experienced in this time of pandemic. Read Bishop Reed's full statement here.

You remain in my love and prayers, and I hope you are well. Please let me know if you need anything.

God's peace be with you.

Did you know that you don't need a Facebook account to watch our services? 

Here's how! 

While we have live-streamed our services for some time for those who were unable to join us on Sundays, we now find ourselves purely relying on our live stream to worship together. Several people have assumed that they are unable to watch because they don't have a personal Facebook page. This is not true and here are the instructions on how to join us on Sundays via the livestream.  

There are several ways you can do this: 
Go to the church website: and on the front page you will find two links to join the live service. Either of these links will take you to the church's Facebook page. Or you can go directly to the church's facebook page by clicking here.

Once you are on St. Philip's facebook page you can find the live video by looking on the left side of the screen. Under the St. Philip's logo you will see a list that begins with "Home...Services...Reviews, etc." Go down to "Videos" and click on "Videos." - When we are live, the word "Live" will be in red next to videos. The live video will be the first video, click on that and you will be able to watch along. This page also has an archive of all past services if you want to go back and watch one you missed. If you have trouble, please call the church office and we will assist you. 

A Call To Prayer 

Our church bells are ringing throughout Uvalde. 
Thanks to a group of men our church bells are now ringing three times a day. The bells will call us to prayer at 8:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m. You will notice a pattern to the bell tolls. The bells will toll 3 times, pause, toll 3 more times, pause, toll 3 more times, pause, and then toll a final 9 times. This pattern is called the Angelus and originated in the 11th century as a monastic practice. 

The devotion, based on scriptures from the gospel according to St. Luke, was traditionally recited in Roman Catholic churches, convents, and monasteries three times daily. Many churches including some Anglicans and Lutherans still follow this devotion and some practice it at home.

Even if you are geographically not close enough to hear the bells imagine them or play this video and pray for our world. We are dedicating each prayer time to a particular group as follows:

8:00 a.m. - Pray for those who are sick or have died;
12:00 p.m. - Pray for healthcare providers, first responders, and essential workers; and
6:00 p.m. - Pray for the people of the world and their leaders.

Please offer your prayers, as you can, wherever you are. If you would like to be a bell ringer, contact John Thomas Buchanan

Giving & Pledging

And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Colossians 3:14

In this time when we cannot physically worship together, we ask that you please, as best you can, keep up with your offerings and pledges.

You can mail your offering to the office, drop it in the mail slot on the Mesquite St. doors, or donate on Facebook, the church’s website or simply click here.

Also, please consider a donation to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. We want to continue helping the people of Uvalde as well as our parishioners,especially those who might lose employment or work hours as a result of COVID-19.

Another Change in Office Hours 

Distancing but not out of touch.
In light of Governor Abbott's newest Executive Order and after consultation with our diocesan attorney, Kelley Kimble, I am closing the church office. Julie will work from home and forward all calls to her cell phone. Jesse will keep the yard mowed but otherwise not work at the church during this time. Likewise Lupe and Christina will not be at the church. Cyndy Marsh has been working at home this week and will continue to do so. Julie and Cindy (bookkeeper) will come in briefly as needed to keep up with financial matters. I will continue working in the office to have access to the printer/copier and other materials. Also, we are receiving calls for assistance and I want to be able to continue providing that. 

As always if you need something or know of someone who does, please let me know. Be safe and take care. God's peace be with you.


Fr. Mike will Continue his Book Study Class Online

Join us on Zoom this Sunday. 
Fr. Mike will continue the book study "The Universal Christ" this Sunday. Everyone is invited whether or not you have previously attended. Please join us this Sunday at 9:15. Please log in a little before so we can visit and get settled before the class begins. 

Click the link below and you will be connected.  
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Compline Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. 

Join us for online Compline! 
We will  be continuing Compline each Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. Compline, sometimes called the Church's bedtime prayers, can be found on page 127 in The Book of Common Prayer. I look forward to seeing and praying with you. 

Please let me know if you would like to lead Compline one evening.

Fr. Mike+

Here is the link to the service:

April Birthdays

2   Laura Downing, Tru Hiatt
6   Cuate Light, Matthew Mumme
7   Cinco Sutherland
8   Ronnie Martin
11  Sophia Fitzpatrick, Joe Parker, Sofia White
12 Byron Capt, Cuatro Light, Mike Marsh
13 Sandy Suter
18 Garrett Graves
19 Doris Reynolds
21 Kincaid Light Jr.
23 Davis Light, Kristin Light
25 Mason Tyk
27 Alice Ann Harrison

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