Good Morning from the Church Mouse
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Pic of the Day .
Jera Kiespert

"Me and my sweet drool baby."
Amid continued vandalism, St. John’s Church in Washington erects security fencing.

[Episcopal News Service] The church that has been seen around the world as the backdrop for the ongoing unrest over systemic racism and police brutality in America has reluctantly decided to put up security fencing to protect the building after repeated acts of vandalism.



Navigating Touch Deprivation in the Social Distancing Era

Touch is one of the first languages we learn. As babies, our parents’ gentle and loving touch brings a sense of calm, and as adults we enjoy loving embraces and hugs from family and friends, as well as intimate touch from our significant others. At the end of the day, it's one of the most effective ways we can demonstrate our love and compassion toward another human.

The Episcopal Public Policy Network

Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor
Our thoughts and prayers inform our actions. Join us on Thursday, July 9 from 12:30-2:00p.m. ET for an online training event jointly hosted by The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Both Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, plus advocacy leaders from both denominations, will be part of this time of exploring the nature of faith-based advocacy, the issues to which we can speak, and the ways we can make our voices heard. Rostered ministers, Lutherans, Episcopalians and friends are welcome to the free webinar and will leave with tools and inspiration to make a difference.
Register from https://bit.ly/advocacyforlove and receive instructions for joining us Thursday, July 9.
ELCA Advocacy
A Seed A Day
Seed of Encouragement
No matter what our circumstances look like or feel like, we have got to continue to confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that things are ALREADY BETTER than what they seem to be. We have got to use our mouths to release words of POWER and VICTORY into the atmosphere, even in the face of what may look like defeat. God said let there be in the face of what was not and it came to be... That same creative, life giving, overcoming, victorious POWER is in our mouths, so we have to always be mindful to SPEAK IT even when we don't see it.
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3
The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 30, 2020

Matthew 21:28-29

A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went.
A Sunday School teacher told me that one of the best things about The Book of Common Prayer was that even when his faith wavered, he was still able to come and join together with the church and to let the prayers cover him. He said that the moments when it was rote for him were actually some of the most transformational.
What we do in this life is forming us for something—either to love God or to love ourselves. Faith is what we believe, but faithfulness is when we act like the things we believe are true. Faithfulness means practicing what isn’t always in our hearts so that it will become a part of us. Showing up, even if we’re late or we don’t have the best intentions, is still a reasonable and God-blessed start.

MOVING FORWARD: Try praying Evening Prayer every day this week, even if your heart isn’t in it. Just show up and let God do the rest.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Makamba (Burundi) and South Carolina

I have been thinking about the different ways in which we experience being alone. The pandemic has shown us how we are each a separate reality within ourselves, separated by six feet at all times, even from those we would wish to greet with an embrace. It has forced many of us into isolation: that same state used as a punishment in prisons and a means of grace in monasteries. Some of us are alone and lonely while others are alone and at peace. Perhaps for the first time we are discovering what community really means. If you are experiencing the separateness with difficulty I pray the Spirit may open a door for you. If you are content on your mountaintop I pray the Spirit to help you find what you are seeking. However you are faring in the empty spaces between us, may you find a welcoming community here, whether by chance or by choice.
The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston
"Let us pray. Let us pray every day. Let us pray every day for the wisdom, courage, and strength to be bearers of Jesus Christ’s hope, mercy, and grace in the world."
An updated note from St. Andrew's Financial Committee and Rev. Mary:

“Thanks for your financial and moral support for the Church during this difficult time for everyone. Although our contributions are down in May, the Federal funds provided to the Dioceses for our benefit to offset Personnel cost have allowed us to stay “in the black”. We will continue to need your support as the Federal funds will be depleted in June. In addition, we will be facing some added expense in preparing the Church to reopen."

You can make your offerings or contributions through Tithely , make arrangements through your bank to have a check mailed to the church, or just drop a check in the mail (P.O. Box 938, Stillwater, OK 74076).

Stay safe and God be with you.”
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Sounds easy.....but if you have questions or need some help with Zoom so you can join in on Sunday Services, meetings, etc. contact Amy or Dalton Parsons and they will be happy to help you. You can text or call Amy at 405 714 0882. You can text or call Dalton at 405 612 2077
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Digital Ministry Resources
Birthdays

June 30 - Julie Wilber

July 02 - Floyd Loftiss
July 02 - Jenkins Peek
July 05 - Cheryl Farr
July 06 - Joan McKeever
July 07 - Jera Kiespert
July 13 - Wade Campbell
July 15 - Jim Heley


Anniversaries

June 29 - Jane & David Bosserman

July 06 Tracy & Jay Boyington
July 16 - Lynn Schwartz & Jim Cox
July 19 - Susan Chinburg & Steve Locy
July 23 - Amy & John Polonchek