Live, In-Person Service Protocols

Both Sunday services at Grace St. Paul’s — 7:45 and 10 a.m. — are live and in-person. The 10 a.m. service will also continue to be live-streamed.

To insure the safety of all present, these are the steps being taken:

  1. Windows and doors to the outside are opened throughout the service.
  2. Merv 13 air filters have been installed.
  3. Pews are marked for seating locations, insuring 6 feet distance between family groups.
  4. Service time is under 75 minutes.
  5. Maximum seating capacity allowed is 200.
  6. All congregants must wear a mask, properly worn over nose and mouth.
  7. Congregational singing is now allowed with masks on.
  8. Communion is served in one kind.
  9. Children and youth and the nursery will meet outside and in McBride Hall, with the swamp cooler running to provide 100% air from the outside.
  10. Only those who have been fully vaccinated should attend services in person.

Parents, please note. The nursery is staffed every Sunday in the Undercroft for the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Kids can be dropped off as early as 9:40 a.m. Nursery is for infants-age 3. Kids are welcome to enjoy church with their families in the Sanctuary.
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LIVESTREAMING CHURCH on SUNDAY, 10 A.M.

  1. Bulletins: GSPtucson.org/bulletins
  2. Livestream the Sunday 10:00 AM service on Facebook: www.TinyURL.com/GSPVirtual
  3. High quality video of Sunday Worship, available Sunday about 7 p.m. www.tinyurl.com/gspvids
*Please wear name tags so folks can recognize you in your mask.*
Don't have a name tag?
Call the office, 327-6857,
or email
If you asked for a name tag,
please check with an usher
on Sunday morning.
Sunday Offering
Please remember, we do not take the offering during the worship services. You can drop your offerings in the box in the narthex. Thank you for your continued support of Grace St Paul’s. We are able to make a difference in the world because of your support & generosity.
A Community Celebration of Life/Memorial/Burial and Installation of Plaques for our Companion Animals,
10-23-21 at 3pm 

Let's honor our deceased companion animals during the Season of Creation as a community by burying your animal's cremains/ashes in our Animal Memorial Garden. And/or memorializing them with a plaque on our Memorial Wall. On Saturday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m. Grace St. Paul’s will be having its annual service to celebrate the life of companion animals through the burial of ashes/cremains in the Animal Memorial Garden. If you would like to participate, please call the church office (520-327-6857) to let us know that you’re coming. The Animals and Spirituality Ministry will provide for the memorial plaque for the memorial wall if the cost is a concern. so please call the church office and order your memorial plaque or contact Reverend Chris. If you do not wish to bury your companion animal at this time, please consider ordering a plaque through the church office for installation on the memorial wall. All those who are mourning the death of companion animal(s) are invited to attend. Many people have commented on the healing result of this special service for our deceased companion animals. There will be social distancing and masks will be required. Any questions feel free to contact Reverend Chris through the Church office, at 520- 327-6857.
Día de los Muertos and Samhain (Celtic Festival of the Dead)
Thursday, November 4, 2021 -- 5:00 pm on ZOOM – led by Spirit Now
                                                                               Link https://zoom.us/j/948146775
 
Join us for a unique service celebrating Tucson’s combined Irish and Mexican heritage. It will feature a Celtic liturgy as well as the creation of a “virtual ofrenda” or Día de los Muertos altar. Participants are invited to send to steve.kelsey@gmail.com (by Monday, Nov. 4th) digital pictures of loved ones who have died, or of mementos of them to display “on” our “virtual Ofrenda”. A picture taken with your phone (or scanned) will work fine. 
 
If any who are not on the weekly Spirit Now email list and would like a copy of the bulletin for this service sent to them by email before the service, send a note requesting this to steve.kelsey@gmail.com by October 28th.
 
IN ADDITION … Spirit Now is coordinating the creation of a “tangible” Ofrenda in the Sanctuary as is our usual custom, which will remain in the chancel from the Feast of All Saints Sunday, November 7th through Sunday, Nov. 14th. If anyone wishes to place on that Ofrenda pictures or mementos of loved ones, or donate Mums, feel free to add them in the 15 minutes before the service you attend on Nov. 7th. If you would like to help Steve Kelsey and others with this project, send him an email asap at: smkelsey@gmail.com
 
NOTE: Spirit Now meets weekly by Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/948146775 at 5pm, and all are welcome to join us whenever! We are celebrating the Creation Season through November, and special services being planned on the theme of Caring for Creation on Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 (though we are taking Thanksgiving Day off).
Check out this beautiful music video about suicide prevention.

Our own Fiona Fischer stars in it.
Thank you Fiona for your proactive stance. A singer, musician,
and an actor! You rock!

'The Prophet of Nothingness'

We celebrate the release of GSP parishioner Joy Williams's new novel, Harrow. 

Be sure to check out Anthony Domestico's review of Joy's work in The Atlantic magazine:

Afghan Refugees are coming to Tucson

We have received word that 25 Afghan refugees will be arriving in Tucson around mid-month in October.

What you can do now
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest has set up a Wish List through Amazon where you can purchase goods for our new friends. Items should be sent to their office at 3364 E. Grant Rd. Tucson 85716.
Amazon Wishlist Link: bit.ly/LSSrefugee
Donations may be made:
DFMS-Protestant Episcopal Church US
P.O. Box 958983, St. Louis, MO 63195-8983
(Include EMM–Afghan Allies in the memo line.) 
  • To make your gift over the phone, call 212-716-6002. 
  • For information about making a gift of stock or securities, giving through a donor advised fund, or including Episcopal Migration Ministries in your estate plans, e-mail development@episcopalchurch.org 

Initially, they will have temporary housing in hotels or AirBnBs set up by Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest while more permanent residences are sought. Think about sponsoring people as they will have no government support such as SNAP or healthcare.

Any questions: Call Jill Jenkins (420-265-6091) or email g.g.jenkins44@att.net
Reading Between The Lines
Thursdays on Zoom: 10:00-11:30 am

Come to the GSP website, click Virtual Services & Meetings, go to Thursday morning and select Reading Between The Lines for a class on a lectionary passage for the upcoming Sunday.

There are no prerequisites. You do not need to have taken “Bible 101.” No preliminary knowledge of the Bible is needed.  Join other GSP people and guests who gain understanding and connection with one another as we focus on ancient texts that come to life in the here and now.  I love these guidelines for this kind of study: “There is no expectation that you explain, justify or defend anything you say,” and “The goal is not consensus, agreement or a right answer,” and finally, “You can change your mind as often as you like.”

I especially invite anyone who has never been involved with “Bible study.” Take a risk and try
something new.  Come and try it for a few sessions before deciding if this is right for you. If you would like to attend, send me your email so I can forward a study guide for that particular Thursday. In fact, if you would like to see the curriculum” without attending, I would be happy to send “with no strings attached.”

Fr. Richard Mallory
480-440-0020
VIRTUAL ADULT EDUCATION

Dr. Chuck Dickson's newest Virtual Adult Education presentation is about "Receiving Communion in One or Two Kinds."

You can find this and all his earlier informative offerings at:
The Church office needs volunteers for the front desk to backup our current volunteers who may be taking vacation or for health reasons.

The hours are 9a -12:30p and 12:30-4 p.m. You would answer the telephone & greet visitors to the church office. Please let me know if you are interested, 327-6857.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
Your Parish Administrator, Pam Spears
Join GSP's
Anti-Racism
Study Group

Next meeting will be Oct. 27
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."

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.
Book Study: Self-Revelation — East and West, Carl Jung and the Tao

Dr. John Dore offers a weekly book study on Sundays at 5 p.m. in the Bloom Room titled: Self-Revelation — East and West, Carl Jung and the Tao.

We begin with the question: “what exactly are we as human beings?” We’ll explore
two ways of responding to the question — Karl Jung’s vision of human nature and with
Taoist beliefs and practices, begun by Lao Tzu, about human consciousness.
This brings up questions like “who am I really?”; a ‘human-doing’ or ‘human-thinking
machine’? “When can I just BE without thinking, doing something?”

The study offers an introduction to Jung’s comprehensive psychology, applying it to
issues that arise. In pondering the Tao we learn the key principles of Taoism. Each
session includes a brief teaching on the book material (often a poem), a discussion of
the most engaging ideas (all sharing is voluntary), as well as some hands-on
experience of these ideas. This includes breathing techniques, meditations (both silent
and guided), viewings of art, audiotapes, and perhaps movement like QiGong.

Sign up with Dr. Dore at DrJDore@gmail.com.
MIGRANT JUSTICE
Migrant Monday!

As the number of asylum-seekers increases at the Casa Alitas shelter, the GSP Migrant Ministry is stepping up our support. We will meet in-person on the second (Oct 11) and fourth (Oct 25) Mondays, 4:30-5:30, in McBride Hall to assemble snack packs for the many migrants leaving Casa Alitas for their U.S. sponsors' homes. Our packs give them nourishment during their long trips. No soup or other food is needed. Please join us! Many hands make light work. 

For more information, please call Margie at 310-903-0280 or email her at mmarjorieking@gmail.com.
A Prayer Vigil is held every first and third Monday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. for migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and those threatened with deportation.

Prayers may be offered in Spanish and English. 

All are welcome.

Please join us on Zoom:
Artisans Beyond Borders, (ABB) a bi-national ministry at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, began in 2019 as a way to bring trauma-informed arts & activities to asylum-seekers & their families waiting in shelters & on the streets in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

Now in 2021, in the shadow of politics & a pandemic, therapeutic arts & the dignity of artisanal craft continue to bring comfort to the traumatized & hope to asylum-seekers. Bordando Esperanza – Embroidering Hope, the flagship program, also helps restore personal agency & income through Etsy shop sales of artisans’ original hand-embroideries.

For more information, see ABB's website:
Casa Alitas Welcome Center

Thank you to our volunteers & supporters! Please spread the word about our work & recruiting friends, family, & colleagues for volunteering.
All of our teams could use the help!

Please click here for more information: Volunteering, Donations, & Job Opening!
 
 PLEASE NOTE: it is more important to give one or two useful items than to give bags of things that are not needed.
GSP will have a table at this event. This flyer is for other volunteers needed to escort homeless guests around the event.
Please consider volunteering.
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.

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