Synagogue Fresco: Golden Calf
Syria, AD 244

Old Donation Episcopal Church

October 15, 2017
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Weekly Chimes

Wedding banquets and a golden calf on "Prozac Sunday"... We have such interesting readings coming up for this week! I've officiated at 3 weddings in the past four weekends. But none of the receptions were quite like the one Matthew's gospel describes. Our OT lesson is from Mt. Sinai and the golden calf. And Philippians gives one of my favorite epistle passages, "Rejoice always, again, I say rejoice." Many years ago I questioned whether this Sunday in the church year should be renamed in favor of an anti-anxiety drug. I'm looking forward to dealing with some of these at 9:15 and in the Gathering this Sunday. Ashley has the task at 8 and 10:30. Hope to see you!
  
Tonight, I am facilitating a respectful, thoughtful and non-judgmental discussion of issues which usually spur debates that often fail on all those qualifiers. It is our third in a series about "Faith in the Public Square." We are talking about the TRUTH that we don't grow if we only discuss and listen to arguments with which we always agree. We've talked about how Christians (and people of other faith traditions) have something to add to the moral and legal discussions that are part of our community - the STATE - and the state is poorer and less capable of moral judgments if we withhold our voice. We've talked about the loss in recent years of people being willing and able to listen to each other without passing judgment. Tonight, we will try to tackle two of the current 'hot topics" while justifying all arguments from the foundation of a Christian's storyline. If you wish we would learn how to talk to each other again, come and let's give it a try. 
  
There's lots going on. Saturday at 2:00 pm we will hold Ted Quandt's funeral with reception to follow. Sunday after the 10:30 services I am getting together with the J2A pilgrimage group and parents to talk through next steps in fundraising and the trip details. Friday night is our next to last softball double-header. 
  
See you Sunday, if not before.
Peace and blessings,

What's Happening Today...

6:00pm Holy Eucharist
6:30pm Supper
7:00pm Studies:
Faith in the Public Square: Controversy - Confederate monuments and DACA
 

GriefShare 6:00pm in Alfriend House


More...
Tomorrow, Thursday morning
Holy Eucharist 10:00am, Bible Study at 11:00am.  
 
Nottalotta Acres Farmer's Market
Tomorrow, Thursday, 4:00pm - 7:00pm in our parking lot  
And! Something special - homemade baked goods!
Come out for some delicious items! 
      
Young Adults
Thursdays, 5:30pm in Alfriend House
Supper and babysitting are provided!
Questions? Ask Mother Ashley !
 
Come & Cheer On our Bellringers!
We have a softball team! Our upcoming games are this  
This Friday, 6 October: 8:45pm & 9:45pm at PAAC, Green Field #2 
Come out to cheer on our team! Check out the full schedule HERE!


Ted Quandt's Memorial Service
This Saturday, 14 October, 2:00pm.
A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. 
 
Kid's Clothing/Item Exchange
This Sunday 15, October 11:30am and Monday & Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
A great way to find new items for your children (all FREE!) or to clean out your own closets. Contact Melanie Waggoner for information.
 
November Bell Ringer
Submissions are always due the third Wednesday of the month. That's Wednesday, 18 October. Send your information to Gretchen.

Ministry Links

Sunday, 15 October 2017 
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I:  The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi
9:15am Holy Eucharist, Rite II:  The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr.
10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II:  The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi
10:30am The Gathering, Holy Eucharist: The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr.
 
   
Parish Office

Gretchen Hood, Parish Administrator, odec@olddonation.org
The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr., Rector, brandall@olddonationorg
The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi, Assistant Rector, aurquidi@olddonation.org
The Rev. Fred Poteet, Associate Rector, fpoteet@olddonation.org
Marta Cohen, Youth Minister, mcohen@olddonation.org

Prayers

Prayer for the Human Family: 
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us
through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole
human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which
infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and
confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in
your good time, all nations and races may serve you in
harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.  (BCP, page 815) 

Prayer for Peace
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn
but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the
strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that
all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of
Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and
glory, now and for ever. Amen.   (BCP, page 815)



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