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Weekly E-News - July 21, 2020

Session 3: Staycation Bible School 2020 
PRAY: "Dwell intentionally with God each day. "

It's VBS week three! This week we will learn about prayer. 

Session 3 - Pray
What do you say when you talk to God?
Session 3 Lesson "Pray" - Presented by Cathy Villani (37:07 Minutes)
Session 3 - Music
 
Craft Materials Needed:  
10 pieces of construction paper
1 large sheet of construction paper 
5 dark green pipe cleaners
Glue

We would love to have videos and photos of your children participating in Staycation Bible School 2020 that we can share with everyone. Photos and videos can be sent to communications@stphilipsuvalde.org. Enjoy!

We've Adopted Two Pots!   
And you're invited to help keep Uvalde and St. Philip's Beautiful! 

As you may know Main Street Uvalde is asking for help in keeping our downtown area attractive and inviting. Their new project "Adopt a Pot" is asking businesses, families, or individuals to help care for the 72 flower pots in the downtown area. Two pots are located on the St. Philip's campus and we have agreed to take over the care of these two pots. 

Our responsibilities include purchasing and planting (whatever type of plants we would like), general care, maintenance, and regular watering. A "tip sheet" will be provided that includes recommended plants, general care/maintenance, and watering information. 

Your generous help with this project will help make downtown Uvalde a more beautiful place to live, work, eat, play, and pray! 

Contact the church office by email or phone (830)-278-5223 to sign up to help with the project. The more people we have less work it will be for any one person. 

What is a Deacon?  

By The Rev. Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA

Deacons are members of the ordained Christian ministry, along with priests and bishops. The word deacon is a derivative of the Greek word diákonos, which means servant, minister, or messenger. Hence, in the Episcopal Church a deacon exercises a special ministry of servanthood. He/she serves under the Bishop, and “in the name of Jesus Christ, serves all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely” (BCP 543).

Deacons first appear in Acts 6:1-6. As the twelve disciples ministered the Word of God in the growing church they needed assistance in overseeing the charity work. They asked for seven men from amongst the believers who were “full of the Spirit and wisdom.” Stephen, Philip, and Nicolas from Antioch, among others, were presented, and the Apostles prayed as they laid hands on them. Further development of the requirements for deaconship are found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

According to episcopalchurch.org, since ancient times deacons “proclaim the gospel, lead intercessions, wait at the eucharistic table, and direct the order of the assembly, deacons act as sacred messengers, agents, and attendants.” Some are ordained as vocational deacons. The diaconate is there calling and ministry. Others, like me, who called to the priesthood are first ordained a deacon and later ordained to the preisthood. This is sometimes called the transitional diaconate. 

What does this mean to me? Well, first of all that I am a servant, and will always be. As an apostle of Christ, I will actively exercise my baptismal vows to serve you and the world.   

As such, I will serve as a bridge between the world and the church. I see my role as that of a faithful steward, ensuring the good ordering of the liturgical celebration; bringing the needs of the congregation and world to Father Mike, offering prayers, and ensuring these needs are met; humbly proclaiming the Gospel during the liturgy; leading others to live out their calling as missionary disciples of Christ; and advocating for the spiritual and material needs of the faithful, while encouraging active participation in the life and work of our Church as guided by Father Mike.

As St. Augustine said, “For you I am a deacon, with you I am a Christian.” I also want you to know how thankful and humbled I’ve been by your warm and welcoming spirit during my mentorship, as well as now as your deacon. All I ask of you is that you pray for me, as I will pray for you as well.

Peacefully your servant in Christ, - Deacon Arnoldo +

Morning Prayer - Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. 

Starting Wednesday, July 22nd. 

School Supplies Needed!

Help UCISD stuff the bus! Deadline is July 31st. 

Have you purchased your school supplies yet - to help us "Stuff the Bus?"  Let's get our Uvalde kids off to a great start when they return to school in August. 

PLEASE HAVE YOU SUPPLIES
TO THE CHURCH BY THE
JULY 31ST DEADLINE 

If you would like to order supplies on-line to minimize community spread you can order and have them sent directly to the church. If you order from Amazon you can also help St. Philip's if you sign up for Amazon Smile and choose St. Philip's as the organization you wish to support. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to St. Philip's and it will not cost you anything.

JULY BIRTHDAYS

3 Miller Carnes
4 Lupe Mata
7 Delia Light
8 Win DuBose
12 Cristina Martinez, Mike McGehee, Jackson Taylor
13 Sharron Carnes, Margie Haegelin, Cherie Lewey
14 Marlowe Downing
15 Estelle DuBose, Shane Hunter, Bill Soyars
16 Kristi Gerdes
18 Deanna Soyars
21 Noreen Buchanan
24 Mac McLaughlin
25 Barbara Edwards
26 Roberta Walden
27 Tamsin Gerdes
29 Mary Dale Brewer

JULY ANNIVERSARIES
 2 Mike and Pam Cotton
    Tom and Estelle DuBose
14 Chris and Carly Jurica
16 Charles and Cleo Lemon
25 Ron and Yolanda Bird 
 

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