This Week & Beyond
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
September 1, 2020
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BECAUSE INDOOR WORSHIP may be a little too structured for some of our youngest parishioners, we are beginning Wiggle Worship! Robert, Grace, and Helen will lead a informal, family friendly worship service outside in the courtyard the first and third Sundays of the month from 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM, starting September 6--this Sunday!

Although the sermon will be child-focused, there will still be some adult lessons to learn, so come join us for an evening of worship in a safe, socially distanced manner. Bring your own chairs or blankets for your family to sit on and water to drink. Restrooms will be available. Families will need to stay as a family unit and will be spaced six feet apart from other family units. Masks are required of adults and children ages 5 and up.

Please sign up ahead of time by clicking on the action button below. Reach out to Helen with any questions at
Dear Past and Potential Donors:

Our next blood drive on Sunday, September 27 at 8:30 – 12:30 pm, in Parish Hall.  The RedCross urgently needs blood donations to prevent a shortage. As you know, like many blood drive sponsors, we had to cancel our last drive due to Covid19. Please come to the drive and help save lives. Your donation can save up to 3 lives or up 9 babies’ lives!  

You can also get insight into whether you have been exposed to the Coronavirus, as all donations are now tested for COVID19 antibodies
You can sign up directly at   Type in keyword 'Salisbury' to find the drive. Walk-ins are always welcome, although you may need to wait longer if there are other donors with an appointment.  Please share with your friends and neighbors, or on your neighborhood Facebook groups. Remember 16 year olds are eligible to donate with a parent’s consent.

American Red Cross has a number of additional safety precautions in place due to Covid in addition to normal precautions, including taking the temperature of donors, distancing of donors while waiting and donating, and requiring masks. Let me know if you have any questions. 
RapidPass: Blood donors can save time by using the Red Cross RapidPass® online health history system. RapidPass allows donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online on the day of the blood drive from the convenience of a computer or mobile device. To get a RapidPass, on the day of your donation, visit or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App to complete all of the questions, then print their RapidPass® or show it on a mobile device when they come to donate.

Thank you,
Kristen Calleja
Blood Drive Coordinator
Redeemer Outreach Committee

Sad to say, COVID-19 has resulted in the postponement of another Redeemer activity – Tea of Hope, our new Outreach ministry – formerly planned for November 7, 2020. We are pleased to announce a new date of Saturday, April 24 for this tea that purposefully honors women who have been touched by cancer.

We appreciate those of you who have already given the Tea of Hope committee your volunteer support to help bring this ministry to reality. We will certainly be back to you (and also welcome others who would like to join in) after the first of the year when we hope to resume preparation for the tea.
Be safe and well,
Alida Martin, Barbara Metz, co-chairs 


ECW extends a big thank you to all Redeemer parishioners who worked together to make the Bensley Backpack Project a complete success! After the backpacks were blessed during the 10:00 service on Sunday, 111 backpacks filled with supplies along with tissues and baggies were delivered to Bensley Elementary School on Monday, September 1.
Many thanks go to all of you who donated funds for backpacks and supplies to be purchased and to those who gave filled backpacks.

Additional thanks go to the ECW Board members who shopped for and packed backpacks with supplies using the donated funds.

Thank you to Helen Pelkey for making bag tags for each backpack and to everyone who came to the church on Monday to load vehicles, drive to Bensley, and unload backpacks to the gym.

Dr. Patrice Wilson, principal, expressed appreciation to Redeemer for the generosity shown to the kindergarten families. A drive-by distribution of the backpacks is planned by the school.

Join The Rev. Grace Rigby every Tuesday-Friday at 8:30 am for Morning Prayer. This service has a rich history in the Anglican Communion and is a great way to begin the day. When joining, you can either follow along in the Book of Common Prayer, use the bulletin displayed on the screen, or simply listen and pray. Morning Prayer is roughly 20 minutes long and the intercessions will cycle through the names of our Redeemer family. We hope to see you there! 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    Or Telephone:646 568 7788
    Meeting ID: 951 7486 4258
This week: The Layton Family

Sending love to our Redeemer Family from the Laytons. We sure do miss seeing you all at Sunday worship and socially. Since “life as normal” feels like a lifetime ago, and in case you all have forgotten us (praise God, let it not be so), we are: Katherine, Tim, Ben (8), Will (6), Evelyn “Ev” (5) Layton. The kids are entering 3rd grade, 1st grade, and Kindergarten. I will not regale you with how old Tim and I are. 


Redeemer continues with the same limited Sunday Ministries for the next schedule block. Altar Flowers volunteers need to use the Scheduler as we are now live streaming Sunday worship.
Click on the icon to access and select the dates you wish to serve for September 13-October 25 block.

Sacred Ground Book Clubs are coming this September (date TBD)! We'll read books related to race and consider them through the lens of our faith. At a special Adult Formation session or two, we will reflect on these books as a church family. Lookout for sign up information in the coming weeks.

So far, we have two Book Clubs planned. Interested in co-leading another? Contact Carrie Sue Casey at 

CLUB 1: 
Casey Taylor and Becca Hollis to co-lead with the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving.

CLUB 2: 
Nancy Adams and Caroline Head to co-lead with the book The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton.

Other book options include:
1) The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
2) Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball
3) The Short Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
4) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Other ideas may be found here:

As we read the books and meet, we will consider the following:
  • I used to think x about race, but now I think y.
  • What is at the heart of this matter for you?
  • What’s your earliest memory of becoming aware that some people looked
different from you?
  • What’s one way you think your life would have been different had you been
born another race?

This guide is also useful:

Click HERE for an updated prayer
and thanksgiving list.
If you wish to add someone to the prayer list, please be sure to get their permission first since the list is publicized.