Apart & Together:
Intermittent Glimpses from Ascension

Weekend Edition for April 25-26, 2020
In this edition:
Saturday: Vestry Meeting (and how to connect)
Sunday: A New Schedule (and how to connect)
Lighter moments


We anticipate a fairly light agenda for today's meeting, partly due to budget questions that we can't begin answering at this point. (See the brief budget feature below.)

Primary motives for meeting at this point include maintaining vestry connections and coherency, assessing our well-being as a parish, and identifying areas of need or for improvement in present circumstances.

Senior Warden Gary Alexander will be initiating the meeting via Zoom, and any parishioner interested in joining may send an email to Gary by clicking here no later than 12:30 p.m. today.

Junior Warden Cheryl Peterson has a few ideas about climbing the Zoom learning curve. See below ...
The 'New' Sunday Schedule

As announced in Wednesday's newsletter, we'll be trying to keep to the following Sunday schedule for awhile, to provide a better sense of 'regular' until pandemic restrictions are eased.

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via Zoom.
(See access instructions below.)

9:00 a.m. Live-streamed mass via our Facebook page. (The mass may also be viewed after it is concluded and uploaded, usually within 30 minutes.)

* 10:15-10:50 a.m. - Bible study / reflection via Zoom on one of the appointed Sunday texts. Tomorrow: Luke 24:13-35 (The Road to Emmaus - see the passage below). Facilitated by Fr. Raymond. (Brooke Raymond will also participate when available.)

* 11:00-11:40 a.m. - Virtual coffee hour , fellowship, check in, questions, again via Zoom.
Connecting via Zoom

Junior Warden Cheryl Peterson notes that 'connecting via Zoom' does not feel natural or come easily to all. Cheryl offers the following links ... all of which, admittedly, assume that one has the technology to watch a YouTube video:

Cheryl adds these remarks:

"Here are the videos that I found most helpful. I had only watched the first one when I joined Zoom for the first time. I have watched the others today. I like that Marcia speaks and moves slowly. Some folks might not know some language (i.e. basic computer terms like apps, cursor, window, etc.) but the jargon is minimal. Playing the video twice or three times allows for incremental learning if everything doesn't gel the first time." 

To Zoom tomorrow (or until further notice) ...
You may join us for any or all of three separate opportunities on Sunday by clicking here . Alternately, you may go to the Zoom app or website and type in the following Meeting ID: 792 031 7452. You'll also need this Password: 1133
The Gospel appointed for the
Third Sunday of Easter - Luke 24:13-35
Now on that same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Join us if you can via Zoom Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m.
to share in reflection on this text.

A little comic relief (if possible) ...

Without wanting to diminish the seriousness of our circumstances and the troubles and losses of so many at this time ... a little comic relief can be medicinal. Here's a YouTube video on mask-making that may provide one such moment ... Link on the image or here.
And another lovely glimpse ...
(update on the convent front garden bulbs as of yesterday)