Good Morning from the Church Mouse
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Dear People of God:
 
The Bishop’s guidance is to follow the local color-coded map of COVID-19 spread risk for our area. When schools are doing virtual learning because of elevated COVID-19 percentages we will have Zoom, live stream, or outdoor services.
 
Loving our neighbors in this extraordinary time of pandemic means we are trying to put into practice the respect, affection, benevolence, goodwill, and concern for the welfare of ourselves and our neighbors. Today, we offer the extension of this love by the wearing of a mask that covers our mouth and nose. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We offer this support in the humility of being courteously respectful of others public health, affirming the inherent worth of all persons.
 
We endeavor to be wise leaders dedicated to not harming another. What we do is critical if we are to live life well, and living life well means taking responsibility for some behaviors, so we can have a purposeful existence and good relationships that create a strong community.
 
In addition, we are utilizing guidelines prepared by the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma for our church; to include temperature check, masks, social distancing, sanitizing of hands and buildings, among other items. No food or drink is allowed in our facilities and none will be served. There will be no singing until further notice.
 
Be safe and be well.
 
 
Rev. Dr. Mary J. Korte, Interim Rector
mjkorte4175@gmail.com


Are you age 13 (or older) and interested in learning more about confirmation? Please send a message to Rev. Mary and let here know.
HowAugust note from St. Andrew's Financial Committee and Rev. Mary:

August giving was down from July and down from August of last year. Expenses were curtailed, with the Church in a shutdown mode, but a $3800 deficit was incurred for the month of August. Once again the funds received from the Federal CARES program allowed us to continue to be positive for the year to date.

We understand the hardship and financial stress the COVID pandemic has been for everyone. We recognize and understand, an individual can do and give only what is prudent for their circumstance. Whatever support you can give will be deeply appreciated.

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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EYC (Episcopal Youth Community)

We welcome all youth in grades 6-12 to join us. We will begin this year meeting virtually over Google Groups.

This year for EYC is going to be a little different. With all the challenges our youth are experiencing at this time due to COVID-19, we want to create a safe space for our youth to be able to share and explore the unique challenges they are experiencing framing them in how can their faith and God’s love can help them through these unique times. We invite our youth and their parents to share with our youth ministry leaders the challenges they are facing. This will allow us as a group to explore some of the direct challenges they are facing during this very unique times.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Stephen Baker at 405-990-0028.

Looking forward to seeing all our youth.

St. Andrew’s EYC Team
Scotty Nead, Retired Episcopal Priest

Today's COVID-19 inspirational meme: Prayer is a most effective means of communication/relationship for the faithful. The time we give to reflect meditatively with our Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer gives us an opportunity to be mindful of what is needed in our lives and the lives of others. We really aught to be mindful of human needs all around us and not just go about our daily lives as if we are automatons doing mindless tasks. There is a whole World of human needs happening in our presence that we cannot ignore unless our hearts are deaf and blind.

Mother Teresa, a Saint of the Church, speaks eternal words, when she say that she used to pray for God to do something about our human condition; to give her answers to human questions; and, change what is wrong with our human situation. But, that now, she prays to be guide in such a way as to DO God's work; to have the STRENGTH needed for these tasks; and, to be CHANGED into the persons God needs in the moment.

So, Mother Teresa is telling us that prayer is more than communication and relationship with God. It is also a means of equipping us to BE God's people in the World. This goes right along with the Episcopal Church's answer to the question, What is Prayer? "Prayer is responding to God, by THOUGHT and by DEEDS, with or without words." Be well, be safe and be just. (Day 184 - In Week 26)
Scotty Nead - Retired Episcopal Priest

Today's COVID-19 inspirational meme: Prayer is a most effective means of communication/relationship for the faithful. The time we give to reflect meditatively with our Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer gives us an opportunity to be mindful of what is needed in our lives and the lives of others. We really aught to be mindful of human needs all around us and not just go about our daily lives as if we are automatons doing mindless tasks. There is a whole World of human needs happening in our presence that we cannot ignore unless our hearts are deaf and blind.
Mother Teresa, a Saint of the Church, speaks eternal words, when she say that she used to pray for God to do something about our human condition; to give her answers to human questions; and, change what is wrong with our human situation. But, that now, she prays to be guide in such a way as to DO God's work; to have the STRENGTH needed for these tasks; and, to be CHANGED into the persons God needs in the moment.
So, Mother Teresa is telling us that prayer is more than communication and relationship with God. It is also a means of equipping us to BE God's people in the World. This goes right along with the Episcopal Church's answer to the question, What is Prayer? "Prayer is responding to God, by THOUGHT and by DEEDS, with or without words." Be well, be safe and be just. (Day 184 - In Week 26)
In the stillness of this hour, surrounded by the sentinels of heaven, wrapped in candlelight and shadow, I whisper my prayers over and over, a litany of dreams strung together on the thin cord of faith, a lament for what is, an anthem for what will be. I am not fearful in these quiet hours for I have seen the view from above the clouds. I have flown to the highest place I can, reached as far as my love will allow, and I have gathered hope like stars, bringing them down to the moist earth to plant beneath the moon, growing new life where none existed before. And in these empty hours, while all the turmoil of our time sleeps it off, I add my prayers to yours, to those of a thousand more like us, until the candle waves its finger of fire, flickering in the sudden draft of great wings moving over me, a promise made without speaking, a truth told to old men who trust in what they cannot see: the strength of the Spirit rising.

The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston,
a Native American elder, author, and retired Episcopal Bishop of Alaska.
A Seed A Day

Seed of Encouragement

When we experience times that seem dry and unproductive in the natural... nothing happening... nothing growing... nothing progressing... those places can actually become spiritually refreshing. God tells us that He will create rivers in the dry places and refresh our souls. So, when we shift our focus completely to Him in the dry season, He will sustain us, strengthen us and refresh us. Deficiency in the natural can lead to sufficiency in the spiritual, which will in turn produce improvements and newness in the natural.

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

I will fully satisfy the needs of those who are weary and fully refresh the souls of those who are faint. Jeremiah 31:25
Forward Day by Day, MONDAY, September 15

Catherine of Genoa

John 12:19
The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!”

These words spoken by the Pharisees after seeing Jesus ride triumphant into Jerusalem for the Passover strike me as both folly and cause for celebration. For one, God’s movement in the world is too powerful for evil to overcome. God moves in the world, and the world rejoices—it can look like there is no turning back. And yet, the world can be fickle. God’s grace continues to flow, but the path is not straight.

There is a hopelessness that can come from looking at our planet’s climate crisis. Can we do nothing? Has the world chased too far after the false god of fossil fuels? Or are we looking at too small a picture? The arc of history can be confusing, and it can be hard to know if we are zooming out far enough to comprehend what God is doing. As we engage in God’s work, may we be granted the wisdom to discern our part in that great arc toward redemption.

MOVING FORWARD: Visit your local farmers’ market this weekend for some great late-summer produce!

PRAY for the Dioceses of Mundu (South Sudan), Yukon (Canada), and Ikka (Nigeria)

Upcoming events around the Diocese

Sept. 19: Virtual Diocesan Budget Meeting

October 7-8: Virtual Clergy Conference

October 31: Bishop's Cup

November 7: Virtual Diocesan Conference
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Digital Ministry Resources
Birthdays

Sept. 15 - Eleanor Huston
Sept. 22 - Steve McKeever
Sept. 22 - Amy Polonchek
Sept. 22 - Peg Rovig
Sept. 23 - Alan Bodine
Sept. 23 - Shawn Irons
Sept. 26- Valerie Bloodgood
Sept. 27 - Renee Bodine

Anniversaries