A Message from the Interim Rector

COVID-19 has shattered or sent shock waves through the relationships that we all knew and took for granted. Families are inhibited from seeing close relatives, or if we do, there are cautious restrictions and protocols to protect the elders. It is an anxious and fearful time. Teachers are learning to relate differently to their students, to teacher in person AND remotely, in the same way clergy and music directors are re-learning how to be in relationship with their people. Our community has been dislocated and the community we once knew has been shattered and fragmented in a way no-one could have imagined a year ago. Our nation is struggling to re-connect with each other and who knows what the election may bring. The racial and economic divide has never been more obvious and demands our attention and repair. RE-MEMBERING is now our task. How do we re-connect that which we assumed was whole and united?

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle and The Rev. Dan Kline talk with George McNeely and Janice Fiore about the launching of the Stewardship campaign for 2021.
During this time when most of us are not attending church services in person, we are offering a Virtual Collection Plate. Please contribute what you would normally have given each Sunday and help Saint Paul's continue its important work!
Emergency Food needed for St Luke’s Germantown following deadly shooting

The local community has been rocked by a tragic event at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Germantown yesterday. There was a break in at the rectory and the shooter killed one person while trying to hijack a car and shot others. Rev. Jarett Kerbel our local Dean said:

“As you may have seen in the news, there was a shoot-out in Germantown that resulted in the death of a young woman and the shooter. The shooting began in the Rectory of St. Luke's. Fr. David and his staff are deeply shaken by this horrifying situation. Please hold them in your prayers. St. Luke’s will continue with their food distribution and flu shot clinic tomorrow.  I will go down to support David and his staff."

The Food pantry at St Luke’s is in dire need of supplies and we are having a special emergency appeal through Shop and Drop to help them. Please bring some extra groceries when you come to church on Sunday or drop off before Thursday when we are scheduled to go to St Luke’s again. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and our sister congregation.
There is still time to register for this weekend's services!
Your safety is our primary concern.

Gloves, masks and a temperature check at the door will ensure we are all taking science-based precautions to lower the risk of infection by COVID-19. If you consider yourself in a higher-risk category and would like to watch Sunday's 11 AM service from the comfort of your home, please see below.
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

*Note: the 8 AM Saturday service has been changed to 8 AM on Sundays.

Sunday, October 11th
8 AM: Spoken Eucharist in the sanctuary - registration required for first 25 people. The Rev. Barbara Abbott is preaching and The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle is celebrating.

9 AM: Family Holy Eucharist on the Labyrinth with The Rev. Barbara Abbott as preacher and The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle as celebrant. Pre-registration required for 25 people.

9:30-10 AM: Online Family Prayer Service - click here to join.

10-10:30 AM: Middle/High School Check-in - click here to join.

10-11 AM: Parents' Exchange - click here to join.

10-11 AM: Adult Education Forum: Anti-Asian Racism & Missions with Moses Lee (MDiv, ThM) - click here to join.

11 AM: Holy Eucharist in the sanctuary with organ and choir. The Rev. Barbara Abbott is preaching, and The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle is celebrating. Music is led by Dr. Andrew Kotylo, Emily Amos, and four staff singers.

  • This service will be broadcast live at 11 AM. Bulletin and video link will come in a Saturday evening email and will be posted on Facebook on Sunday morning.

12 noon: After the 11 AM service, please join us for Zoom Coffee Hour - click here to join.
Anti-Racism Education
A Prayer for An Election

"Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

From The Book of Common Prayer, p. 822
Book and Action Club
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson

Join us for a weekly discussion based on the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson. She explores the origins of racial hierarchical systems in America, particularly through the development of laws in the life of our nation. As a part of our praxis, we plan on implementing a community project at the end of our study.
Time: 7-8pm
Dates: Wednesdays
10/14: Part 1 (p. 1-38)
10/21: Part 2 (p. 39-98)
10/28: Part 3 (p. 99-130)
11/4: Part 3 (p. 131-166)
11/11: Part 4 (p. 167-207)
11/18: Part 4 (p. 208-262)
11/25: Skip!
12/2: Part 5 (p. 263-310)
12/9: Part 6 (p. 311-360)
12/16: Part 7 (p. 361-389)
Wednesday Bible Study
Adult Education Forum
Anti-Asian Racism & Missions
At 10 AM this Sunday, we are excited to welcome Moses Lee (MDiv, ThM), who will give a talk on the history of modern overseas missions and how that impacted the church in the U.S., particularly around racism. With racism against Asian-Americans on the rise alongside the advent of COVID-19, this talk will help us process how to respond as a church. Q & A to follow with The Rev. Dan Kline.
Join us for a movie night under the stars! Bring a blanket and chairs, some snacks, and your mask! We will be sitting in family pods that are socially distant. Film decision and time forthcoming! If you have any ideas on movie choices, please reach out to Dan+.
If you have any old Halloween decorations you can donate, please reach out to Dan+.
Confirmation Classes Continue This Tuesday! Check Your Email For More Details!

Thank you to all who joined us for the Blessing of the Pets last Sunday!
The form has been updated, and the photo release form is following soon after.
We were privileged to baptize Clara Chase Leonards, granddaughter of Thos & Dianne Leonards, and daughter of Bake and Betsy Leonards last Saturday (our first baptism since COVID-19)!
Please continue to donate food!
The need has not changed.

Protein: Peanut butter (or any other nut butter), nuts/seeds/trail mix, canned tuna fish, canned chicken, soup/stew-hearty, shelf stable milk
Carbohydrates: Crackers, granola bars
Other: Red tomato sauce, fruit cups, applesauce, dried fruit

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Germantown sends sincere thanks to St. Paul's parishioners and its neighbors for the weekly abundant delivery of food items for its food pantry. (you can add in the number of families it feeds from last issue) The continued generosity of everyone is heartwarming and much appreciated. As we all know... the need continues.
Missed last week's live-streamed service?

You can watch it (or re-watch it!) here.
Marisa Curcio is available to help you get connected, and she can be reached by e-mail at mcurcio@stpaulschestnuthill.org.
Stay connected.