This Week's Announcements
Our Schedule of Services:

Here is our schedule;
more information may be found by downloading the bulletin.


Sunday June 13:


8:30 am In Person Eucharist


10:30 am In Person(also streamed virtually) Eucharist

11:30 am Online Coffee Fellowship

Memorial for Barb Munday

A memorial service will be held for Barb Munday at St James Episcopal Church, Fremont, on Friday, June 18th at 11:00 am. Fr. Mark Selvey, who is her cousin, will be officiating at this service, and Barb will be interred in our columbarium at a service with her family at St Augustine’s at a later time. Her obituary can be found here: https://www.duganchapel.com/obituaries/Barbara-Munday/#!/Obituary, and memorials may be directed to our Memorial Fund at St Augustine’s, or to the Nebraska Chapter Alzheimer's Association or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in lieu of flowers. St James is located at 301 E 5th Street, Fremont, NE, 68026
Kids Craft Day THIS Week!
Sunday, June 13 at 9:40, in between services, we will be having our first summer Kids Craft Day. We will be making wind chimes, and possibly using some paint, so have your kids dressed to get a little messy!
Plans to Re-Gather
Please use THIS LINK to be redirected to Signup Genius to reserve your seat(s) for our upcoming In-Person Eucharist Services(If you see available seats the evening before a service, please feel free to fill in)
May Vestry Notes
Outreach Opportunities
10:30 AM Lector Sign Up
If you are feeling ready to get back to church, and would love to do some reading, please join our amazing group of lectors! If this sounds like something you would enjoy or you have done this in the past and would like to jump in again, CLICK HERE to sign up for dates.
DioNeb Presence at Pride in July

Trinity Cathedral is coordinating an opportunity for members from all area parishes to walk together at Omaha Pride on Saturday, July 10 in the Old Market. The parade takes place at 10:00 am and we will be gathering beforehand. Having a Christian presence showing support, acceptance, and encouragement can literally be life-saving, especially for young people, and this is one place where we can meaningfully show care for our neighbor, where perhaps only judgment and condemnation has been experienced before. We will publish additional information as we get closer to the event, and please feel free to contact Fr Ben with questions or to coordinate if you’d like to walk with our group.
Save the Date for Brewsky's Golf Open 2021!

Thursday, September 30th Crooked Creek Golf Course 333 S 134th St Lincoln, NE

Shotgun start at 11 AM

Please register and pay by September 24. For more details, please see flyer below.
Save the Dates for Summer/Fall Fun!

June 13--Kid Craft Day
July 10--Volunteer Opportunity for youth 6th-12th Grade
July 11--Kid Craft Day
July 19-23--Camp Canterbury (For youth entering 4th Grade through 12th Grade Graduates)
August 8--Backpack Blessing and Waterslide Inflatable Day
September 12--Fall Kick off Party/Picnic
Date TBD--Tour of new Youth Classrooms and Parent Meeting
Looking forward to Sunday School next year, if you would like to register your child(ren) for Sunday School, please fill out this form, https://forms.gle/EbFtPRzQJ46i1idc9 

Please prayerfully consider volunteering to teach or assist next year. The "job description" is below:

Get to know the youths’ names, interests, and activities; respect what they have to share.
Participate in the games, activities, or discussions.
Display a positive attitude (or fake it!).
Encourage spiritual growth.
Praise positive behaviors.
Lead by example.
Have fun!
Recommended skills: Sense of humor, Flexibility, Patience, An open mind, Listening, Talking/Sharing, Creativity, Ability to act immature but still be responsible
Optional Skills: Dance Experience, Singing Ability, Guitar Strumming, Harmonica Blowing, Tambourine Shaking, Toe Tapping!

To either confirm your previous role, or volunteer for a new role ministering to our youth, please contact Kate or fill out the volunteer form here, https://forms.gle/dxbPWMYcVznVS42Y9  We would love to have you join this amazing team of people!
Capital Campaign Updates
Building Plan Feedback?
*These are mock up photos, actual building and garden space may look different once project is complete
Capital Campaign Pledge Update
We continue gathering gifts and pledges for our Capital Campaign. To date we have received 86 pledge cards representing $1,233,375.00 in three year pledges and parish commitments. Please know that every gift and pledge will help us address our space issues at St. Augustine.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Capital Campaign Update

This week has seen some pretty significant updates!
The major one, which is visible from the street, is that the final exterior siding has arrived. This had been one element we’d been watching, and a delay here could have delayed our projected completion date, so getting it in now – which is still well outside the worrying time frame – is a pretty good box to get checked off. Our construction fencing is also being shifted to make space for a final pour on some sidewalk concrete, and as the building is less and less exposed, we’ll see the fencing come down and the site made safe.

At some point in that process, we will also have a resurfacing (including a “re-milling” to a depth of 2 inches) of the asphalt portion of our parking lot – the previous lot, essentially. This will correct various “soft spots” that had developed over the years, as well as restoring sections that had to be cut or altered for construction or new utility lines, etc. While the completed project will continue to have two slightly different parking spaces, both will look new and be updated in terms of their maintenance, and will last for years.

Interior work is also shifting towards final components, although they will still take several weeks. Painting is continuing, interior doors and frames are being placed, and tile has been put down in our bathroom floors, with work continuing to tile the walls as well. Final wiring is being completed and “end points” (things like actual light switches and sensors) are beginning to be installed. They have begun to install wall fixtures such as cabinets in our classrooms, kitchen, and parish hall!

Grant Suhr and Father Ben are beginning an inventory and coordination for finalizing our interior furnishing needs and moving our things back in, which will likely take place in August – please keep an eye on announcements for that!
Capital Campaign: Fourth Year Commitments Reminder

Thank you to everyone who has already returned a pledge card for the Fourth Year of our building campaign – we are already showing quite a bit of strength in our response! These commitments are showing us an even clearer picture of the strength we have to complete our project and its funding over the coming months and beyond. If you are planning to make a commitment at this time, please plan to send it in over the coming week so that we can add it to our projections and totals as we take up the next steps of our planning.
Thank You Jay for the updated photos!
Elaine Randall Book Club
Volunteers
Friday, June 11

  • 8:00 AM -Men's Bible Study via Zoom CLICK HERE
  • Meeting ID: 725 959 1126


Sunday, June 13

  • 8:30 AM -Eucharist in person

  • 9:40 AM -Kid Craft Day

  • 10:30 AM -Eucharist in person & via Facebook Live CLICK HERE




Monday, June 14

  • 10:00 AM -The Order of the Daughters of the King Prayer and Bible Study (Contact Pam for Zoom Link)

Tuesday, June 15

  • 6:30 PM -EFM (Contact Jack for Zoom Link)



Rector's Reflection
Thursday, June 10th, 2021

I Know

There is a sentence in our funeral liturgy in the Episcopal Church that proclaims, “For I know that my redeemer lives, and at the last, he shall stand upon the earth.” It is read as part of an anthem (which is a prayer that comes from the Latin word “antiphon,” meaning “opposite-sound,” or, in prayers, something that is said or sung back and forth by members of the congregation). Some anthems are still prayed that way, but others now are proclaimed by the priest or celebrant, and the anthem that begins the service of a burial or memorial is one of them.

“For I know that my redeemer lives, and at the last, he shall stand upon the earth.”

This sentence in our liturgy is pretty clearly proclaiming the coming of Jesus, and placing it in the course of that liturgy of commendation and committal of a loved one is a moment in which we look with hope and confidence towards the promises of Jesus: “I am with you, to the end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20), and “It is the Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day,” (John 6:40). I might hasten to add here that Jesus is pretty clear that God can recognize children who have looked to the way of Jesus whether they had a formal faith or not – the tale of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10) or the Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32) are pretty solid examples of those who live righteously without having the “right” sort of faith confession.

The promise of Jesus’s salvation on the last day is one of the really profound promises we have from Scripture, and it has been part of the hope of those who follow Jesus since the beginning.

Even so, there’s something else I want to reflect on about that sentence in the liturgy we have: “For I know that my redeemer lives, and at the last, he shall stand upon the earth.”

It isn’t actually something Jesus said. It’s something Job did.

Job is an odd hero of the faith: his fame comes from persisting even in the face of terrible hardships, judgments, condemnations, and afflictions. If you read the book of Job in the Hebrew scriptures, which we call the Old Testament, you’ll learn that Job was an incredibly pious man who praised God constantly and lived in a state of gratitude to his Creator.

Then, in the courts of heaven, a “prosecutor” (the Hebrew word “ha-sataan”) comes to God to demand to know whether Job isn’t just pious because his life is so good. In other words, does Job just have “fair weather faith?” Or is he true in a deeper way. God gives the prosecutor license to afflict Job in any way, so long as his life is spared. The test begins.

Throughout the book, Job is afflicted, and even cries out in grief about how unfair these things are. All of his wise theology scholar friends show up and try to faith-splain to Job that he must have done something wrong or God wouldn’t let him suffer. No, Job insists, he hasn’t: sometimes bad things just happen to faithful and moral people.

That sentence? “For I know that my redeemer lives, and at the last, shall stand upon the earth.”

Job says that in chapter 19. He is in the middle of a tirade about these friends and their judgments: he is insisting that he has remained righteous, and that his poverty, his illness, his suffering are not things that he has brought upon himself. He cries out a yearning that “my words were written down! O that they were inscribed in a book!” In other words, Job wants a time capsule, so that at some final reckoning, his case will be proven.

But there’s also something deeper within this. Because throughout the chapters of the book, Job is declaring that he is his own redeemer. That is, he himself is the one that he wants to stand up and testify to his own rightness of life, his relationship with God. Job goes so far as to say he wishes he could put God on the “witness stand” of their justice system (though he knows that is impossible and that God is beyond any mortal), for even God would testify that he has done nothing to deserve such affliction.

There is something to behold in that, for Christians.

On the one hand, we need to have some care, here. We know that it is God who liberates us, that it is Jesus who saves us. Our ultimate redeemer will always be someone greater than we ourselves, and we are called to a certain amount of humility about that.

Yet.

At the end of the book of Job, God finally appears to Job, and declares that Job has not sinned – even “sinned with his mouth” – throughout all of his affliction. That is to say: even in all his lamentation and wailing about God, Job has not committed blasphemy or heresy or sin. Job has been his own redeemer throughout: he has persisted, and he has passed the test.

There is in this a kind of boldness, and we are called to that as well. Job’s defense of his state was active, it was testimonial, and it was fierce. Although God was the ultimate judge, Job did not shrug in the face of injustice and scolding leveled at him in this world.

That should remind us of our relationship with Jesus as well.

Because yes, Jesus is our savior. But to be in real relationship with him, we are called to look to ALL of his teachings and example. And Jesus invited us to be bound together as his Body, the Church, made a part of it through baptism and nourished in our journey by his Table of the sacrament of Holy Communion with God and one another. We are brought into being a part of the Body and work of Jesus, alive and present.

That means that the redemption of the world is not only something that happens “at the last.” It is happening now. It is happening in every human age. It is happening in every moment where human hearts come alive with the Gospel’s teachings and promise. It is happening when we commit to love God and one another.

In other words, perhaps, the promise of eternal life is one that extends not only forth from our death and resurrection, but also back into these very lives we live, now, and today. And we are called to know humility before the work of God in our world, but also to be bold in taking up our part of it.
St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
285 S 208th Street
Elkhorn, NE 68022
402-289-4058
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