Easter Five - Bishop visit  
Sunday, May 2
10:00 am Outdoor service

Tucson weather is predicted to be very lovely for Sunday. It will be in the 70's, perfect weather to be outside.

The outdoor worship service will offer Communion. (Bread only)
There will be in-person Sunday School
for children & youth during the
10 a.m. service.     

You can choose to live-stream the service
If you come in person, please
  • Wear masks.
  • Bring water bottles.
  • Wear hats for comfort
  • Park in the Medical Center parking lot.
  • The church parking lot is reserved for those with ambulatory issues.
  • Note: We are working on creating a little more shade for those who need it, but be prepared to sit in the sun seats.

Be sure to wear your name tag!
We’re Movin’ on Up - To the Inside
 
           After studying the data and considering the steps suggested by the Diocese, your Covid task force and Vestry have decided that it is time for the next step in our process of return to church like it was in the good ol‘ days. Beginning, May 9, we will be returning to worship inside the sanctuary.

           In addition to inside worship, we will also be returning to two worship services each week, at the times you remember. Welcome back the 7:45 AM service in addition to the 10 AM service. Please note that there will be no change to our live streaming. We will continue streaming our 10 AM service every Sunday for the foreseeable future.

           To insure your safety, these are the steps we will be taking and what we ask of each of you attending in person:
1)  All windows and doors to the outside will be opened throughout the service.
2)  Merv 13 air filters have been installed.
3)  Pews will be marked for seating locations, insuring 6 feet distance between family groups.
4)  Service time will be under 75 minutes.
5)  We will have a maximum seating capacity of 200.
6)  All congregants must wear a mask, properly worn over nose and mouth.
7)  There will be no congregational singing at this time.
8)  We will continue utilizing four masked singers and not a full choir.
9)  Communion will be served in one kind in the no touch fashion we are presently using.
10)  Children and youth and the nursery will be meeting outside and in McBride Hall, with the swamp cooler running to provide 100% air from the outside.
11)  We are strongly suggesting that only those who have been fully vaccinated for two weeks attend the services in person.
12)  The pews will be sanitized with a disinfectant between the services.

           The 7:45 AM service will be a basic Prayer Book service with no singing. The 10 AM service will include the four singers and a beyond the Prayer Book liturgy with prayers linking to the Revised Common Lectionary for the week. Both services will include communion. 
There will no longer be restrictions on conversations after the services. We can now encourage all to meet outside after the service to kibbutz in person and catch up after all these months. There will be more items that come up as we pivot back to indoor worship, but this is how we will begin. 

           The next step will be to put together a more formal coffee hour after each service or between the services. The Diocese has approved outdoor settings for such coffee hours. These gatherings can include food and drinks, but careful consideration must be made regarding hygiene, spacing, location during the summer heat, and how to host them. We would like to put together a sub-committee to consider these questions in hopes that we can get something organized in the next few weeks. If you would be interested in that planning, please contact our parish administrator, Pam Spears.

           We will also be considering Adult Spiritual Formation and potential hybrid forms of gathering together again. Ideas? Share them with Harlan Hokin.

           Our prayers of thanksgiving ring through GSP as we begin this new milestone in community worship. We hope and pray this is another step toward full return. But of course, none of us knows what the future will hold. So let us savor every moment of this opportunity to be together again as long as we can.

           All this means that this coming Sunday, May 2, the official visitation of Bishop Reddall will be our last opportunity for a while to relish the gift of outside worship. Many of you have said we should continue worship in Creation in some form, no matter what the future holds. That will happen. But let us come out in force to celebrate with our Bishop this Sunday. It is going to be a grand day that we have been waiting for a long, long time.

           Blessings on our beloved community during these fantastic steps forward.

Steve+   
LIVESTREAMING CHURCH on SUNDAY, 10 A.M.

for bulletins: GSPtucson.org/bulletins

livestream the Sunday 10:00 AM service:
Facebook has changed it's design, so it's a little easier to find our video on Sunday at 10:00!
Go to www.TinyURL.com/GSPVirtual any time after 9:50, and scroll down. It's likely you will immediately find the service with this week's service bulletin (or if the prelude has begun, you'll see the church). If this doesn't work, you can go to the menu called "More" and click on "Live." 

High quality recorded Sunday Worship - Sunday about 7 PM 
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If you're wearing a hat, mask and
sunglasses to Sunday services, will people recognize you?

Please wear your name tag!

Don't have a name tag?
Contact the office, 327-6857, Mon-Fri, 9:00a-12:30p, or email ParishAdmin@Grace-StPauls.org
Come Join GSP's Anti-Racism
Study Group

Next meeting will be May 26
4th Wednesday - 4:30 – 5:30 pm 

In response to GSP's vision of social justice, the church's “anti-racism to ally” group has been endeavoring to live into its vision through focusing on social justice. The group has focused on writings regarding racism and white privilege, and aims to "move from anti-racism to ally." Our goal is to develop a deep understanding of how "white privilege" is defined, how it affects people of color, and the rest of us, in so many ways. How can we transform this deeply rooted dynamic into one that empowers people of color and ourselves in ways that bring us all more closely together? How can we eliminate the manifestations of white privilege and systemic racism that remain so prevalent today? How can we address and redirect often-unconscious assumptions, words, actions and behaviors associated with white privilege? 
To be put on the list to receive materials, to get zoom information on our monthly zoom meeting, or if you have any questions, please contact Rev. Chris, Jill McCollum, Barbara Morehouse, or Peggy Scott through the church office, 520-327-6857
Casa Alitas Welcome Center
overnight volunteers needed

Overnight volunteers ensure our guests of a safe environment while they are sleeping, and a point of contact for medical or other needs that arise during the night. Contact information for the on call medical volunteer and a staff person are provided. The volunteer on duty turns off the “day” lights and verifies that doors are locked by completing a walk through at “bed time.” We ask that the walk through be completed once or twice throughout the night as well. In the morning the overnight volunteer admits volunteers and staff reporting for their shifts. The overnight volunteer is provided a room for sleeping. Volunteer shifts are from 8pm - 8am.

Overnight volunteers are required to complete orientation training and have an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance.

Location: on-site at Casa Alitas
Language requirement: none, but Spanish is very helpful

For more information, please email Pastor Mike Lonergan: pastor.mike.lonergan@gmail.com
TOWELS NEEDED

GSP's Shower Program is in need of gently used or new towels. GSP offers showers to our homeless community on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday mornings.

Can you help by donating towels? Please bring them to the office, Mon-Fri, 9am-noon & drop them off. Or bring them with you to church on Sunday.
VIRTUAL ADULT EDUCATION

We have missed having our regular
9 a.m. adult spiritual formation classes,
so Dr. Chuck Dickson, a retired
college history teacher who
facilitated many of them, has
prepared several short virtual classes.

Click here to access the classes:
We have a Facebook page for Kids, Youth, and Families! 
Check it out.
Please like and follow!

SAY WHAT?

The Spirit Players' First Friday Play Reading returns on May 7 at 7 pm on Zoom. "SAY WHAT?" is the theme for four scripts that present different and confusing types of human communication.

Whether creating one's own words in "The Universal Language", intentionally mistranslating a conversation in "Arabian Nights", or looking forward to a wedding in "Marred Bliss", we will be treated to spoonerisms, malapropisms and plain old misuse of the English language. We will close out the evening with the Ring Gardner classic short play, "The Tridget of Greva", in which a Corn Vitter, a Wham Salesman, and the Tridget carry on a conversation of non-sequiturs while fishing.

We will learn nothing of sociological, aesthetic, or political import through these plays, but a good time is guaranteed for all.

People who wish to read should RSVP to Nanalee Raphael by midnight Tuesday, May 4. Parts will then be assigned prior to the reading.. Scripts will be emailed to all participants – readers and audience - on the Wednesday before the reading, along with the Zoom sign-in information. All are encouraged to attend. Roles may not be available for everyone, but audience members are always welcome! All plays are suitable for humans ages 14 and above. (And if you didn't catch it earlier, the name is Ring Lardner, not Gardner.)
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
Applications must be submitted by phone (via a toll free number) with help from a FEMA representative, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available.
Also, FEMA has produced an informational video (in English and Spanish). Here are the links:

Click here to read a document prepared by Episcopal Relief and Development entitled "Understanding the FEMA COVID-19 funeral assistance program."
The following is an up-to-date list of all services and classes currently offered. 
Click on the Zoom link at the appropriate time to join any service or class.
Descriptions of some services and classes are available.
Click on the red here under each title.
Worship or Meeting
Date and Time
web address

Live Sunday Worship
Sunday 10 AM   

Sunday bulletins   

Sunday Worship
High quality recorded
Sunday about 7 PM 
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GSP Today
Monday at noon
Please click here for more information.

Migrant Prayer Vigil
1st & 3rd Monday at 4:30 PM
Please click here for more information.
bulletin for the service: gsptucson.org/vigil/
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Creating Communion and Sacred Ground
Tuesday at 10 AM
Please click here for more information.

Youth Group - In person
Every week on Tue 5:30 PM

Evening Prayer 
Tuesday 6 PM  

Vestry
Fourth Tuesday 7 PM  
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Liturgy Meeting
Wednesday Noon

Staff Meeting
Second Wednesday 2 PM 

Fourth Wednesday 2 PM

Guided Meditation
Wednesday 7 PM
Please click here for more information.
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Morning Prayer
Thursday 9 AM
Please click here for more information.

Between the Lines - Lectionary
Thursday 10 AM 
Please click here for more information.

Spirit Now Worship
Thursday 5:00 PM
Please click here for more information.
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Centering Prayer
Friday 4:00 PM, followed by a discussion
Please click here for more information.

First Friday Play Readings
First Friday 7:00 PM
Please click here for more information.

Friday Night Evening Prayer
2nd, 3rd, 4th (& 5th) Friday 7:00 PM
Please click here for more information.
Grace St Paul's Episcopal Church
2331 E Adams St, Tucson, AZ 85719
Church Office: 520-327-6857