Keeping King's Chapel's members and friends connected each week while we are "Physically Closed but Spiritually Open."
Spotlight On: Homecoming!!! | This Sunday September 20th | 11 AM | Zoom

We look forward to seeing you all this Sunday at 11 AM for our Homecoming Festivities via Zoom!!  To get you in the mood we've attached our favorite recipe for scones!  Enjoy baking...hope to see you on Sunday!
 
Recipe from the Captain Jeffords Inn, Kennebunkport, ME
 
               2 ½  cups of all-purpose flour
               ½ cup sugar
               2 tsp. baking powder
               1 tsp. baking soda
               ¾ cup dried cranberries, raisins, currents or chopped dates
               1 stick unsalted butter, slightly softened
               ½ cup sour cream
               1 egg
               4 tbsp. heavy cream
 
Preheat oven to 350.  Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly with a pastry blender in a large bowl.  Cut the butter in using a pastry blender until it forms a uniform crumbly mixture; add the dried fruit to the mixture. In a separate bowl, blend the sour cream, egg and heavy cream together and then add to the flour mixture.  Mix gently until it forms dough.  Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead several times until dough is no longer sticky.  Divide the dough in half and shape into 2 balls,  with your hands, flatten each ball into a round circle approximately ½ inch thick.  Cut each circle into 8 pie-shaped wedges (16 total).  Bake 20 minutes until firm and lightly browned.
 
Glaze: Mix together 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 1 tbs. lemon juice and 1 tsp lemon zest and brush on warm scones. Brew your coffee or mix your mimosas, zoom into Homecoming and enjoy!!!

Contact laura@kings-chapel.org  for login access. 
From the Minister
It's Homecoming this Sunday- not the church Homecoming we've known, or the Homecoming we wanted. But it's the best Homecoming possible, given the pandemic. So join in!  I'm convinced you'll find "bread from heaven" in forms you never expected, just as Moses and the Hebrew people did.
 
Wandering in the wilderness, the Hebrews were starving and cried out for bread. Rather than receiving loaves of challah or rye from the sky, they got little white flakes on the ground. "Manna?" they asked, which in Hebrew means, "What is it?" They didn't recognizer this new way of being nourished, this life-saving gift God was giving them, for what it really was, "bread from heaven." If the Hebrews had ignored the white flakes because they didn't come in the old form of bread the people knew, they would have starved.
 
This Sunday for Homecoming we can't be in our beautiful historic chapel, but we will see it on film, the exterior being repaired, new columns fashioned, and then the doors swinging open into our beautiful sanctuary. You can't sing from your pew, but you can sing the great hymns accompanied by our choir and organist Heinrich Christensen: "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah"; "Be Thou My Vision"; and "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee." You'll have to skip the long, annoying line to say hello to your ministers, but they'll read the prayers and assure you we're only a phone call or Zoom link away. You won't hug old friends, but you will see one another in a virtual coffee hour, breaking into small groups to talk.
 
I'm convinced of this: it's more important than ever for you to re-connect with King's Chapel this autumn, to use our Homecoming celebration as a way to make this church your "home" once again as we begin a new program year. We humans need the rhythms of some daily practice that brings us awareness of the divine within and among us. We need the recurring weekly rhythm of coming together with others to worship God, to remember who and whose we are.
 
Do you recognize the manna available for you, right now, at our church? If not, what would it look like? Let us know. I always pray that you will have life and have it abundantly! Especially now.
 
Joy
King's Chapel Welcomes All to our Sunday Services  
Morning Light Service 
Sundays from 9:00-9:30 AM on Zoom 

Come join us for an intimate service of contemporary music and prayer as we gather to listen to the Word, share our joys and concerns, and abide with one another in fellowship. The music is led by Roland Skip Lewan from the piano, incorporating elements of jazz and improvisation.  

Contact Laura Zeugner Administrative Assistant, for login information.


Morning Prayer Service
New virtual services posted by 11 AM on Sundays on YouTube

Each week we film the elements of our traditional Morning Prayer service, featuring beautiful music, stately prayers, and our ministers' reflections on the week's lessons. Our choir members and music director Heinrich Christensen provide newly recorded material as well as occasional pieces from our past recordings and CDs, as we explore the virtual new frontiers of making music. 

Visit our King's Chapel From Home page to view the most recent service or explore the King's Chapel YouTube channel.

Upcoming
Visit our Community from Home webpage to learn about our weekly offerings and more! You can also view our online calendar here 
New History Program Online Exhibit Launches Today | Noon and 5:30 PM
A Book of One's Own
is a new History Program online exhibit that will explore the historic tradition of the King's Chapel's special version of the Book of Common PrayerViewers will learn about the historical significance of the prayer book and what the prayer book tells us about the lives of historic congregants who owned one. Viewers will also learn how "owning one's own" King's Chapel Book of Common Prayer is an historic tradition that continues today, featuring a few of our current members and their own prayer books.

Members and friends of King's Chapel are invited to join the history conversation today at noon for an exclusive debut of this online exhibit. There will also be a 5:30 PM talk  that's open to the public. Communications Coordinator and History Program Assistant Jennifer Roesch, along with History Program Director Faye Charpentier, will talk about the makings of the exhibit and guide members through the exhibit's soft opening. A discussion will follow and members are encouraged to bring their own prayer book and share their story! Contact Faye for login access. 
A Sermon Series on Moses and the Exodus: God's Transformation of a Person and a Nation | Each Sunday through October 25
 
This fall, join us to journey with Moses and the Israelite people, a journey not so different from ours today. Discover when you have been freed from old ways to become a new person, how to cross long barren stretches, and how a nation slowly grows into who it is meant to be.  Will we dare to make demands of God, as our forebears did? The old stories - from the Odyssey to Exodus -- still speak truth. Listen in whenever you want, through the King's Chapel YouTube Channel.

Virtual History Talk: Fugitive Slave Law | Thursday September 24 | 5:30 PM | co-sponsored by the National Park Service | Zoom

Join the King's Chapel History Program and National Parks of Boston via Zoom on Thursday September 24 at 5:30 PM as we host National Park Guide William Stilwell for a special presentation exploring King's Chapel's complicated relationship with the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.

This program will be of particular interest to those engaged in anti-racism work at King's Chapel, folks involved in the physical and living memorial projects, and those interested in understanding our institutional history as it relates to racial injustice and slavery. 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by noon on the 24th.  

In the 1850's King's Chapel minister Rev. Ephraim Peabody attempted to maintain a neutral and moderate political stance in an increasingly divided country. Though he kept politics out of his pulpit, it did not keep King's Chapel away from the fight over the Fugitive Slave Law in Boston, as prominent congregation members Samuel Atkins Eliot, Benjamin Robbins Curtis, George Ticknor Curtis, and Edward Gray Loring voted for the law in congress, set the precedent for the legality of the law in the courts, and issued warrants for the arrests of fugitives in Boston, respectively. As the decade wore on, Peabody's moderate viewpoint would become less tenable and harder to maintain and the country headed for Civil War.
New Spiritual Autobiography Class | Beginning Thursday September 24 |  Registration Needed
The Rev. Joy Fallon and Cynthia Perkins, leader of our Prayer Circle, will lead a new "Spiritual Autobiography" class for six weeks, beginning on September 24th, every Thursday from 6:45-8:15 PM, via Zoom.
 
In this small group class, you will explore how the Spirit has moved through your life since childhood and calls to you today. Each week participants will write a short reflection about their spiritual journey, based on prompts from the Exodus story in the Hebrew Bible, and the experience Moses had on his journey with God. King's Chapel has offered a Spiritual Autobiography Course many times over several decades, and most participants have found it a meaningful way to discover God's involvement in their lives. Priority will be given to those who have not previously taken a Spiritual Autobiography class.  Class size is limited to 8. For more information or to register, please contact Joy at joy@kings-chapel.org or Cynthia  at cbhperkins@gmail.com.
Book Group:  How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi| Monday September 28 6 PM | 
This past Monday a group of parishioners met for the first of three sessions to discuss Ibram X. Kendi's, " How to Be an Antiracist". Inspired by Kendi's own weaving of his personal story and the history of racism in America, we shared some stories of our own even as we reflected on the history presented in Kendi's book and throughout about ways to be better antiracists ourselves.

David Waters and Amanda Pickett will hold space for King's Chapel members and friends to discuss reactions and learning related of the book. These discussions will continue on 9/28 and 10/5. All are welcome whether or not you have read the book. This week please consider listening to or watching the following resources
The King's Chapel Voter Action Initiative met this week. Gary Riccio delved into the critical need for both poll workers and poll watchers (so far, we've heard about two KC parishioners planning to serve as poll workers). We also discussed how the strategies of the campaigns we're involved with are evolving as the Election nears. A common theme: "pens down and make calls!" However, there are still plentiful letter-writing opportunities with  Vote Forward which aims to write another 5 million letters to under-represented and low-propensity voters.

With just 46 days left until the Election, the KC voter project has engaged 30 volunteers (58% increase from two weeks ago) and contacted 1,267 voters (up 41%). Outreach to an additional 1,187 voters is in process. Terrific work everyone! Our KC goals remain: Fifty volunteers and outreach to 5,000 voters. Come join us!  You can make a difference. Contact Dorie Seavey for more information and visit our discussion board.
Chapel Restoration Project Continues

The structural repairs to the base of the columns has been completed and some of the new bases are here to begin installation.  They have also begun to work on rebuilding the upper tower railing.   The new balustrades have been painted and installation will begin next week. 

As for the repointing of the building, the mason has finished the rear elevation.  Next on his list is the rear steps.

Looking Back
Charting the Course for 2020-2021        
 
Last Sunday the King's Chapel leadership including the ministers and the staff, the Vestry, and the Parish Council participated in a virtual retreat to consider our collective plans for the year ahead.  Two overarching priorities were discussed, each with a series of underlying initiatives and strategies.  The first priority  - Enhance Spiritual Connection with God and one Another - addresses worship, pastoral outreach, and education, while the second priority - Advance Congregational Engagement - addresses community and governance.   Generating a plethora of ideas and suggestions, the results of the retreat will now inform the design of a refined plan for presentation to the Vestry in October.

King's Chapel Trivia

Last Friday, members of the King's Chapel community celebrated the final summer block party of the season for a game of King's Chapel trivia. Members and clergy joined History Program staff for several rounds of trivia, focused on aspects of King's Chapel history ranging from women's history to 'true or false.' Congratulations to our trivia champion, Alison La Rosa.  Thanks to all who joined in and played with us, including Tom Wintle's excellent collection of hats!

Those who were unable to attend can try their hand at our challenging, bonus round: identifying the ministers. To see if you guessed correctly, feel free to email your answers to faye@kings-chapel.org .

Theology on Tap

This month's focus on Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Mary grew organically from our conversation in last month's Theology on Tap! This time around we were joined by our sexton, Clark Aitkins, who studies gnostic texts and is writing a book about the Gospel of Mary. We covered a lot of ground, from the figure of Mary Magdalene herself, to the gospel that bears her name, to the early Christianities that gave rise to different practices and emphases than we may be familiar with today.

Our next Theology on Tap will be held Wednesday October 21.
Community Action Committee News

CAC Office Hours | Mondays 5 PM
What does the King's Chapel Community Action Committee do? Who are our CAC partners? What can I do to help?  For answers to these questions and more, come to CAC Office Hours! Starting this week, CAC chair Amanda Pickett will be piloting CAC Office Hours every Monday 5:00-5:30 PM via Zoom. Drop in and discuss community action at King's Chapel. Contact Amanda Pickett  for login access.
In This Issue
Sunday Services 

September 20th Morning Light

There will be no Morning Light service this day.  Please join us at 11 AM for our Homecoming Service.
September 20th Morning Prayer Homecoming |  11 AM on Zoom
  • The Rev. Joy Fallon, Senior Minister
  • David Waters, Minister for Education and Membership
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
  • Sylvia Soderberg, Lector
  • Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, Dean Denniston, Lee Glenn and Amanda Pickett, Lay Readers
Scripture

Exodus 16: 1-5, 9-12
Did you miss Sunday's Virtual Service?  If so, click here to see the full service. 
From the Bench
 
The main musical event for Homecoming this Sunday will be Handel's "Swell the Full Chorus" from the oratorio "Solomon". It will be sung by not only our regular full chorus; we will be joined by choir alums from all across the country. It has been just wonderful to see them all as videos have been coming in this week. 

Joy is preaching on manna in the desert, so you will also hear our archive concert recording of Holy Manna, both the traditional shape note hymn and William Duckworth's contemporary reimagining.  

Virtual quartets from the choir will hopefully inspire you to sing along lustily with our hymns and canticles, and at the end of worship we will transition into a live hymn sing, as requested by several respondents in our survey over the summer. 
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#MusicAndMeditationMonday


This week we welcomed a guest musician for our Monday Meditation, harpist Zoe Vandermeer. Zoe was scheduled to play a Tuesday Recital at King's Chapel back in June. She noticed the meditations on our website and offered her own beautiful arrangement of the traditional Irish hymn tune "Slane", beloved by our congregation and often used in worship services to the texts Be Thou My Vision/Lord of All Hopefulness. Zoe fittingly performs it on a Celtic harp.

We will sing "Be Thou My Vision" for our Homecoming hymn sing this Sunday, so this is an excellent opportunity to warm up and practice.  Look for it HERE

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Talk About Music!

Join us on Tuesday, September 22, from 12-12:30 for Talk About Music, part of a series of weekly zoom conversations on musical topics with Heinrich Christensen. 

Our guest this week is Dr. Thomas Gregg, Professor at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee who will discuss "The Wonderful World of Virtual Voice Lessons".  As we learned last week, listening to music online can have its challenges, especially live, so we'll discuss what music teachers have learned and what tools they are using to negotiate being able to listen and give helpful feedback in an online format. 

Our hope is that this series of conversations will then develop organically (pun intended) with input from the participants in the form of a Q&A period at the end of the session. Requests for other musical topics are warmly welcomed; the thought is to invite weekly guests to offer differing perspectives, both local and from all around the world. But we can certainly also talk amongst ourselves at times!

To join the conversation, email heinrich@kings-chapel.org (since this will be a recurring event, you should only need to request the link once, so those of you who attended this past week can reuse the same link you used this week), and let him know what you would like to talk about in particular while you're at it.
Giving to King's Chapel
Our stewardship giving to King's Chapel continues even as we are not physically together each week. This includes our annual pledges and gifts as well as our ongoing contributions to the Sunday plate. If you have not yet sent in your pledge or gift please  do so now and help us in this moment when we truly need it. If you are used to putting money in the Sunday Plate each week to support our community partners and our operating budget, you still can. The loss of this income, about $30,000, has an immediate impact on our community partners and our bottom line. Consider a monthly donation to the Sunday offering--maybe $50,$60,$75, $100 to make up for the lost weeks of attendance. Embracing our stewardship role is a way to joyfully and thankfully support the daily ongoing work that keeps King's Chapel thriving. Thank you. 

Staying Connected with King's Chapel
While we are physically closed we are spiritually open and are working to find ways to continue our connection with you, our beloved members and friends.  

Worship
Morning Light Worship via Zoom, 9-9:30 AM each Sunday. Contact Laura Zeugner at  laura@kings-chapel.org for login information. 

Morning Prayer services are posted each Sunday at 11 AM on our website at www.kings-chapel.org 

Prayer Connection
King's Chapel is a praying church and we have added a new link to our website page to make easy any request you may have:  prayerrequest@kings-chapel.org .   Requests sent here will be received by Joy Fallon, David Waters, and Cynthia Perkins, Prayer Circle Chair. If you prefer, also know that you can always reach out to any of us individually. 

Coffee with Clergy
Join Joy and David each week at 10 AM on Thursdays for an informal coffee hour via Zoom.  See old friends and meet new ones! Contact laura@kings-chapel.org for login access. 

Internet Fraud - Protect Yourself

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, churches across the nation have seen a steep rise in incidents of internet fraud and scams, especially using ministers' names and targeting church members. So far in the last two months, we've had twenty or more. Please watch out for these. I promise, we will never ask you to send us gift cards.  We will never ask for your personal identifying information or bank account info.  If we ever purport to say that we can't be reached by phone, be suspicious. 
 
Some other hints to protect yourselves: Double check the "from" address to see who really has sent it, and double check the email of the person to whom you're supposedly replying. Verify suspicious emails by phone, especially if the email says not to call. Click the link below for more information on how to protect yourself and your family from internet crime. 

Contributing to Between Sundays

Our e-newsletter is sent each Thursday afternoon.  Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Communications Coordinator Jennifer Roesch with a written piece and/or pictures before Wednesday at 5 PM.