Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Monday Prayer Vigils for migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and those threatened with deportation will be held Sept. 9 and 23 , 6-6:30 p.m., in the Julian Chapel. Prayers may be offered in Spanish and English. All are welcome.
September 5, 2019

To: The People who are Grace St. Paul’s
From: Steve Keplinger+
Subject: Proposed development at River/Campbell area

Many of you have heard about the proposed annexation by the City of Tucson of three parcels of land, including that of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, for the potential rezoning and construction of a four story hotel, directly north of the church.

There are obviously a host of concerns revolving around this potential zoning shift and construction, not the least of which would be the massive environmental impact, the out-of-place character of a four story building in a region of one and two story homes, the loss of the historical character of the neighborhood, and the forfeiture of the integrity and personality of our sister church.

The movement to approve this annexation has occurred very quickly, limiting time for public comment. I have just met with the Rector of St. Philip’s, The Rev. Robert Hendrickson, whose initial goal is to have the City Council not make an immediate decision, and offer a period of two weeks to hear from the stakeholders in this, meaning all of us.

Now is the time for any of you who share our concerns about this construction to make your voice heard. A simple way to do this would be to log on to: https://stphilipstucson.org/annexation
 
Here you may fill in the St. Philip’s parish survey to be presented to city officials, learn about the upcoming October 3 public hearing at City Hall where you can speak, and find a list of public officials involved in making this decision, to whom you can write with your opinion.  

Others will speak to the issues affecting St. Philip’s directly, but it is also critical that the Council hear about the major environmental impact such construction would have on this tiny fragment of remaining habitat for wildlife. It would be a death sentence for that flora and fauna.

Thanks for standing with our sister congregation and God’s Creation.

Steve+   
The new GSP Photo Directory is complete and available as a PDF from the Parish Administrator.

Due to security concerns after the recent spate of spam emails, the Directory will be delivered by email to those requesting a copy.

Paper copies will be available in the future. If you want a paper copy (black & white only), please let the Parish Administrator know so a sufficient number will be copied.

Please continue to address corrections and changes to the Parish Administrator. Updated digital copies of the Directory will be published quarterly.
We are winding down Summer Sunday School and here is an important date for your calendars: 
September 8 – Sunday School kickoff with the Love First Project! A fun time is planned as we start another year with the Love First Project and get children registered for the fall/winter/spring session.   
What we love about the Love First Project is that it reframes children's ministry with a fresh new approach centered around the gifts we are uniquely equipped to offer: a diverse, intergenerational community and opportunities for service. The Love First Project helps children develop a life of faith as they grow and teaches them how to apply their faith to their daily lives… thus helping parents raise loving children. We hope you will join us!  

Teachers are gathering and meeting the following dates: Sunday Sept. 8, 9am meeting; Sunday Sept. 15, 11:45am meeting. If you’d like to get involved, please contact Pr. Kimberlee! We still need additional teachers and youth leaders.  
Fraudulent Email Alert!

An email purporting to be from Fr. Steve has been making the rounds this week. The initial email is simple, asking only to respond in order to do a favor. But the follow-up emails ask for the recipient to spend money on an item supposedly for a needy parishioner.

If you receive such an email, do not respond. Delete it immediately. This is not from Fr. Steve, and the email address in use (rector.grace.stpauls@gmail.com) does not belong to Fr. Steve.

If you are ever concerned about an email from the Parish or a member of the GSP clergy, do not hesitate to call the Parish Office for confirmation.
Calling GSP Artists and Craftspeople!

We are holding a multi-church Creation Care Festival on Oct 6 (2-5) at GSP , so here is an opportunity for you to offer your creations for sale. We especially would like Nature/Creation/Animal themed items. Meatless food suggestions are also welcome. So far, we also have two vendors with sweets, finger foods, childrens crafts and also GSP T-shirts.  

Please contact Angel ( angeltwang@gmail.com ),
or Chris ( mach8350@hotmail.com ). 
Members from several Tucson congregations are coming together on October 6 at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 2:00-5:00 p.m. to renew our commitment to stewardship and protection of our environment. In addition to presentations from the congregations, there will be food, entertainment, a blessing of the animals. Organizations such as Tucson Parks and Recreation, Saguaro National Park, Sierra Club, Southern Arizona Food Bank, etc. are being invited also.

Please attend as part of your commitment to recognizing our appreciation for God’s creation!
* Help by people who can move heavy items to truck, and unload at house a mile away from current place to new place.  
* People (who are or aren't able to help lift) who have pickup truck(s) who can help.
* People who can supervise movers (esp. if I have to hire "professional" movers) on either end, to make sure they do as asked.
*Will need the heavy movers on Saturday afternoon.

Please email Pam, the Parish Administrator, parishadmin@grace-stpauls.org if you can help.
SalvaVision Rescue Arizona-El Salvador is sponsoring a fundraising event for refugees and immigrants on Sunday, Sept. 15,
at the Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall Ave.,
from 6:30-9:30 p.m. A Salvadoran dinner will be available for $20, and artists and vendors will be on hand.
Please click here for this week's
EPPN Creation Care Series:
Environmental Racism
Spirit Now:
A Contemporary Eucharist
Thursday, September 12
at 6:00 pm in McBride Hall

Contemporary readings, simple chants, small group discussion and communion...
Adult Spiritual Formation
(click on each title for more info)

Sunday, September 8 at 9:00 am
in the Bloom Room 

Presented by Don Lundy, PhD
Friday, September 13 at 9:30 am
in the Bloom Room 

Facilitated by Victoria Stefani
Every Monday from 10:00-12:00 (Bloom)

Facilitated by Catherine Penn Williams
Every Thursday at 10:00 am (Bloom)
NOTE: This group will resume on September 19. At that time, they will read and discuss Unbelievable by John Shelby Spong.
1st & 3rd Friday every month
at 10:30 am (Bloom)

Facilitated by Victoria Stefani
from 9:30–11:00 am at Epic Cafe
(745 N 4th Ave., at University Blvd.)
Want to meet and get to know some of your fellow parishioners in a relaxed and friendly environment? All are welcome to join this long-running gathering that meets every Saturday morning for coffee and conversation. Come Join us!
For more details, please click here.
Grace St Paul's Episcopal Church
2331 E Adams St, Tucson, AZ 85719
Church Office: 520-327-6857