This Week's Announcements
Our Schedule of Services:

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


Sunday October 10:


8:30 am In Person Eucharist


9:40-10:20 am Sunday School (3 years-12th Grade)


Ministry Fair After Both Services!


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

Stewardship Season
In-Person Service
We have a new mask requirement for the time being during service. Due to this, there will be no seating restriction, and you will no longer need to reserve seats. Thank you for your understanding while we work to protect our children under 12!
Magdalene Omaha
Offering Healing and Recovery Through Love
Light Up the Night for Magdalene Omaha
Friday, October 29th, 5:30-7:30 pm is another great way to show your support to this cause!

Join Magdalene Omaha in celebrating our five-year anniversary at our first annual fundraising event! This happy hour evening event will feature complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer/wine, and a signature mocktail. There will be information stations to learn about all of Magdalene Omaha's programs and you can browse and shop items from their workforce development program. Thistle Lights offers products designed and handmade with love by the survivors, and Voila! Magdalene Blooms, our award-winning floral and home décor shop, offers additional job training skills. We warmly welcome you to learn about and support the work of our organization.
At Magdalene Omaha, we deliver hope, healing, and economic self-empowerment to survivors of sex trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. We believe everyone deserves the chance for a new beginning. We love and support survivors at all points on their healing journeys, offering residential and non-residential services, addiction recovery, workforce development, and other learning opportunities in a peer support community.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday, October 29th!
Midday Prayer Opportunity
Great C.O.P.E. News
Daughters of the King
Nursery
The nursery is looking for a couple of donations, if you have these things and were planning to give them away, please contact Kate. We may have more requests as we get the nursery situated. Thank you!!

Small slide, doll house, & nesting blocks.

Thanks Armitage Family for the sweet new wooden play kitchen & Jim Keepers for the dinosaurs, cars and other toys!!
Acolyte Training
Acolyte Training for Fall 2021!
As we adjust our schedule with some new fall events, the acolyte training on November 14th is being removed. Parents with youth in grades 3-12 who would like to serve as acolytes during worship can contact Fr Ben about scheduling a training, which will take about 30 minutes and can be held on a Sunday or during the week.
Important Updates
Masking

Because so many of the members of our church are under 12 years old and cannot yet get a vaccine, we will temporarily require masks at some church events, including Sunday worship. We are hopeful that this present surge will be brief, or that the vaccines for younger children that are currently in development will be approved soon and assist in shutting down this new surge of the delta variant. It is incredibly important to create as safe a place as possible for families to build up a church habit again after the disruptions of the past year.

Key points:
  • To protect kids at church, Masks will be required, even for vaccinated persons, at Sunday worship and Sunday school.
  • Masks will be optional for vaccinated people at Coffee Hour (please wear a mask until you get to the tables), and children will be able to take a Coffee Hour treat to the Sunday School classrooms to eat, with masks required while not eating
  • Adult ministries will be able to make a decision as a group whether they wish to wear masks or use the rule that vaccinated people can choose whether to wear one or not
  • We will be steadily watching the virus rates and other major factors, especially children vaccine development and rollout, so as to review this regularly

Please keep our communities, our healthcare providers, and our church in your prayers as we continue to fight this virus.
Opportunities to Get Involved
Annual Council Event
Annual Council – Balancing the Scales Event

Saturday, October 23rd, 1:00-2:00, gathering at Cornhusker Conference Center, Lincoln

The diocesan Balancing the Scales task force is inviting all those attending Annual Council, as well as anyone interested, to attend an event in support of helping returning citizens. Currently, those who have completed a sentence have to wait an additional two years before their full voting rights are restored, which represents a secondary punishment and leads to a sense of exclusion, rather than returning and participating fully in society again. Those interested can meet at the conclusion of Annual Council and walk together to the event, which will offer talks about the topic and a chance to be present to support those returning to society. 
Save the Dates for Fall Fun!

October 27--Boo Bash Halloween Party
October 31--Halloween Activity during Sunday School
November 7--Chili Cook Off
November 13--High School Outing to serve at the Benedictine Food Pantry and for lunch and to pray at Fontenelle Forest
September Vestry Notes
Elaine Randall Book Club
Volunteers
Friday, October 8

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


Sunday, October 10

  • 8:30 AM -Eucharist in person

  • 9:30 AM -Ministry Fair

  • 9:40 AM -Sunday School Pre-School-12th Grade

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

  • 11:30 AM - Ministry Fair

  • 3:00 PM -Walking the Mourners Path


Monday, October 11

  • 10:00 AM -The Order of the Daughters of the King Prayer and Bible Study


Tuesday, October 12

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


Wednesday, October 13

  • 6:00 PM -Youth Group


  • October 21-23 Annual Council
  • October 23 Balancing the Scales Event (Lincoln)
  • October 24 Stewardship Season Celebration
  • October 27 Boo Bash
  • October 29 Light Up the Night for Magdalene Omaha
  • November 7 Chili Cook-off
  • November 14 Acolyte Training
  • November 14 Retirement Celebration for Carole & Sally
  • Dec. 4 & 5 Thistle Lights & Thistle Blooms Sale in the Parish Hall
Rector's Reflection
Faithfully Returning

The Reverend Benedict Varnum

This week’s reflection will also be published in the Omaha World Herald’s From the Pulpit section this weekend as part of their rotating list of local clergy writers.


Through the isolations of this past pandemic time, it has become even clearer how important our weekly worship is for Christian communities. Churches are, when we’re at our best, one of the only places where people from all walks of life are not only welcome, but expected.

A sanctuary is expected to be filled with holy people from 3 days to 103 years of age, gathered before God as equals. We tell a story of salvation that proclaims that God’s purpose in history will only be fulfilled when the entire human family is united again. We confess the sins that keep us from the fulness of that journey, pray together for all parts of it, and are nourished by holy food at a Table where Christ makes all people welcome.

But the paradox of our age has been that the most dramatic and caring act of loving the stranger and our neighbor is to keep distance. Because we could carry illness without knowing it, we stayed away. We practiced love by discipline. We made a time of Lent out of an entire year and more. We prayed, and hoped, and held vigil.

“Returning” now takes its own temporary disciplines – vaccines and masks and some extra care around food and fellowship. Yet most churches I know are returning with a sharpened and focused sense of just how clearly our gathered fellowship is not only a chance to learn about God’s salvation … but a deeply important part of living it today. We belong to each other, and we belong with each other.

May we know how deep this blessing is.

May we recognize how sacred it is to gather.

May we use our time to disciple ourselves again to Christ’s way of loving the world, that God’s kingdom may come.

St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
285 S 208th Street
Elkhorn, NE 68022
402-289-4058
Church Communication and Announcements
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