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Weekly E-News - March 24, 2020

Finding our Holy Spaces

By Sharron Carnes, Sr. Warden 
Like many families, we had made plans months ago to go on a spring break skiing trip. Although we were well aware of the corona virus, its full impact on the United States was just beginning to become clear as we were throwing our cold weather gear in suitcases and checking in for our flights. I was especially anxious over the prospects of exposure to the virus, but I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to be with our two grown children, their spouses, and our 5 grandchildren. Once safely there, it seemed that every day the news was bleaker from the standpoint of the health risks and the economics of how it would directly impact our family. Click to Read More >> 

A New Lenten Practice - Psalm 23 

All shall be well. All shall be well. Every manner of thing shall be well. - Julian of Norwich
Because we all want words of hope and reassurance in these uncertain times, Fr. Mike has asked us to take on a new lenten practice.

From Fr. Mike's Sunday Sermon
So I want you to do something. Let this be your new lenten practice. Pray Psalm 23 when you get up in the morning. Pray it again at noon. And pray it again before your fall asleep. Pray it for yourselves, for each other, for Uvalde, for America, and for the world.

Pray it slowly and deeply. Allow some silence – a soaking space – between each verse. Whether you pray the verses from memory or The Book of Common Prayer (p. 612) pray them like this – 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

All shall be well.

He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.

All shall be well.

He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.

All shall be well.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

All shall be well.

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;  you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

All shall be well.

Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Every manner of thing shall be well. 

It is exactly what we need to hear today – and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that. -- Fr. Mike+

A Call To Prayer 

Our church bells will be ringing throughout Uvalde beginning on Friday. 
John Thomas Buchanan has organized a group to ring our church bell three times a day beginning this Friday. 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.

We are joining other churches in ringing our bells and setting aside particular times each day to offer prayer during the coronavirus pandemic. 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. 

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.

Changes in Office Hours 

The church is still open - we are just adjusting our in-house hours.
For the safety and well being of all Fr. Mike is further limiting office hours. The church staff will now be in the office Monday - Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The phones are being forwarded and will continue to be answered 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. While we may not physically be in the office, the church staff is available to you if you have any needs or concerns. Compline, Bible Study, Mike's Book Class and other meetings and services will be offered through Zoom. Our Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. will continue to be streamed live on Facebook.

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.  
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/864531436

Note: Zoom is a pretty intuitive app and easy to use. Here are a few tips for those new to online group meetings: 
  • Consider using earbuds or headphones to reduce background noise. 
  • Mute yourself when not talking.
  • Limit eating and drinking during the meeting/service, etc. 
  • Enable your computer camera so we can all see each other. 
  • Log on early to test your ability to join and test your microphone and speakers.
  • Computer/tablet log-in is best, but you can join on a mobile device as well. 
If you would like to familiarize yourself with Zoom, here are some links to articles and videos that may help.

Zoom Meeting Basics 
Zoom Help Center
Learn to Use Zoom in 5 Minutes
Zoom Full Tutorial and Overview

If you have any problems joining, please contact the church office for help. 

Compline Thursday at 8:00 p.m. 

Join us for online Compline! 
Our first Compline by Zoom was a prayerful success and fun. 

I will lead Compline this Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. Compline, sometimes called the Church's bedtime prayers, is 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: https://zoom.us/j/913638872

Sunday Services Continue Live on Facebook
Join us at 10:30 a.m. on the church Facebook page. 

We will be live-streaming our 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday on Facebook. This will be a service of Morning Prayer and can be found in the Book of Common Prayer on page 75. We will also have the words on the screen during the service and some music. 

There are three ways you can join our Facebook live service on Sunday mornings.
  • Click Here at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
  • Go Directly to St. Philip's Facebook Page. St.Philip'sChurchUvalde
  • Click the link on the front page of the website. (See above.)
Note: You do not have to be on Facebook to watch this live service. 

We look forward to knowing that you are with us this Sunday.

March Birthdays

 3  Beverly Heyen
 5 Walter Tidwell
 7 Gene Kincaid
10 Jonathan Duran
11 Jacklyn Himes, Revis Leonard
15 Lukas Cooke, Sarah Tafolla
16 Dick Kinzer
17 James Fitzpatrick
     Tammi Sutherland
19 Jimmy Carnes, Bennett Gerdes
20 Sierra Holey
22 Buzz Barton
24 Diane Edwards
27 Kaori Cooke
29 John Thomas Buchanan

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