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Weekly E-News - July 1, 2020

Supplies to Succeed

Help UCISD stuff the bus!  

St. Philip's will once again be participating with the annual stuff the bus campaign with the Uvalde C.I.S.D. With so many families experiencing financial hardship due to Covid-19, UCISD is expecting the need will be even greater this year. Your donations of school supplies and/or monetary donations will ensure that all kids in Uvalde will begin school with the right tools to succeed!

Items needed include backpacks, pencils, markers, notebook paper, crayons, erasers, rulers, scissors, glue or glue sticks, pens, highlighters, composition books, binders, spiral notebooks, dividers, and folders. 

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. Help us "Stuff the Bus" and let's get our Uvalde kids off to a great start when they return to school in August. A donation box will be available in the Narthex on Sundays and in the church office during the week.

Staycation Bible School 2020 
Based on the book "The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children

Vacation Bible School is often a highlight for many children during the long summer months. It's a time to learn about God's love in fun and exciting ways with crafts, songs and more. This year is different. We're not able to meet in person but  your children can still participate - just in a different way.

The Christian Formation Committee of the DWTX has put together an excellent program called "Staycation Bible School 2020". It's an opportunity for your family to gather and learn about the love Jesus and God have for us all. 

Take a look here and gather your materials so you are ready to start next week. This program is based on the book The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children, written and Illustrated by Roger Hutchinson. You can purchase the book if you would like to -  but it's not necessary as the video will read the portion of the book that relates to that day's lesson. 

Next week we will start with Lesson One "Turn". The weekly newsletter will include links to the video, songs, and more. We would love to have videos and photos of your children participating in Staycation Bible School 2020 that we can share with everyone. Let us know if you plan to participate and send your photos and videos to communications@stphilipsuvalde.org. Enjoy!

A New Reading And Discussion Group With Fr. Mike 
An invitation to talk about racism

I’m inviting you to join me for a difficult conversation - a conversation most of us have not had, and do not want to have. It’s about racism. Racism has been a part of my preaching the last several weeks (I Can’t Breathe, Jesus’ Line in the Sand, and Prophetic Tracks). I don’t know if you were uncomfortable hearing or reading those sermons, but I know I was uncomfortable preaching them. 

Some of my discomfort was about what you would think and how you would respond. Most of it though was about my place in racism and the ways it has shaped and influenced my life. Racism is the water we all swim in regardless of our color. And for some it’s the water they drown in. No one, however, escapes its effects. 

What is racism? How has it shaped our lives? In what ways does it influence how we live and move through the world today? In what ways does the gospel call and guide us to live an antiracist life? 

I am not an expert in the area of racism and I have more questions than answers. I know this, however; racism is not the way of Jesus. I want to better understand my own experience of racism and how I might live differently. 

Over the years I’ve read several books about racism. In the past weeks I have ordered more books and begun reading, learning, reflecting, and wondering. And I’d like you to join me in this work.

I am starting a group study about racism. It will be structured around books, articles, and videos. Those will be our starting point. The real work will happen in our conversations and self-reflection. It won’t be easy work but deep, transformative, holy work never is. 

We’ll meet by Zoom twice a month for an hour and a half. We’ll also have a private online platform in which additional materials will be available, and questions and comments may be posted. 

That’s my invitation to you. I hope you will join me. We’ll begin with Robin Diangelo’s White Fragility. Since we are trying to maintain social distance and keep contact to a minimum please purchase your copy online.  

If you would like to join the group please click on the button below and provide some additional information. This will help find me finalize plans for beginning the group. We will begin the week of July 21. 

Everyone is welcome and all are invited. Please let me know if you have questions. 

God’s peace be with you,

Mike+

Join the Conversation!

Introducing Ms. Tammie Portillo 
A win-win opportunity

Even with everything else going on in our country today, good things are still happening. A couple of weeks ago Tania at the Texas Workforce contacted Fr. Mike about a grant it had received to help workers displaced from their employment by COVID-19 find new employment. Tania said they had grant money to fund a humanitarian/clerical position for the next six months and thought St. Philip’s and their employee would be a good match for each other. 

Fr. Mike and Tania spoke several times, the vestry approved the position, and Tammy Portillo began work with St. Philip’s earlier this week. Tammie will be working in the following areas: Philip’s Closet, the Uvalde Food Pantry, St. Philip’s Episcopal School, and the church office.

Tammie is a native Uvaldean. She is married and has family in town. Welcome Tammie! We’re glad you are here. 

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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