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from the rector
Relentlessly hopeful …
What does this mean for you today?

Each day and even each moment this may change for you as you awaken and discover today has dawned the same as yesterday or your malady has not disappeared after the afternoon nap, or the 5pm news is worse than the 9 am news.

Hope is what God in Jesus is about. Hope is having a dream for tomorrow. Hope is believing you will see your family again in person. Hope is certainty that God has a hand in bringing the state of equality and justice to this country and to the world. Hope is …

Glory to God whose power, working in us can do more than we can ask or imagine. Relentlessly hopeful and working fervently toward the dream with God.

Shalom, Donna+
News and Notes

Compline with Bishop Gutierrez: On Monday 1/18, as we celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. it is important that we also recommit ourselves to the principles he taught. Please join our Bishop on 1/18 at 7 p.m. on Facebook as he leads a very special service of compline which will conclude with us recommitting ourselves to the vows made at our baptism. Join on Facebook
 
Covid vaccine update: Your diocesan staff was instrumental in getting clergy - of all denominations in this state - classified as 1B with other essential workers in line for the COVID vaccine. We are currently assembling resources to assist our clergy and essential church staff in getting signed up as soon as they are eligible. See the schedule HERE

On 1/26, the Diocese's Commission on Wellness is hosting a public town hall discussion with leaders in our diocese to get input, feedback, and concerns about several initiatives announced by the Commission at the 2020 Diocesan Convention. Details. 

Bishop Gutierrez released an update: "As we seek to navigate these challenging times it is good to be able to ground ourselves in the truth. Sometimes the most important truths are also the simplest. Perhaps the most important is this- God is love. Nothing could be more important right now. This beautiful truth lifts us and sustains us. It also reminds us of how we should treat those around us.  After consultation with the Health Committee and prayerful consideration, I have determined that we will continue with our modified Phase I restrictions through the end of this month." Read his letter HERE

Celebrating the life of Blessed Absalom Jones. Save the date: Feb 13, 10-11:30 am online. For more information click HERE
Bread for the journey: Immigration, Migration, and Refugee pilgrimage

Join next Thursday, 1/19 at 6:30pm for a January "Bread for the Journey" - a virtual Epiphany pilgrimage!
 
The season of Epiphany marks a time of journey, illumination, and the manifestation of God as a child of refugees. As a diocese in 2021, we will be walking a different kind of pilgrimage this year: a journey of inner illumination to discover where God is manifest among us today. This year-long journey begins with our first virtual pilgrimage in Epiphany. Recalling the holy family’s flight to Egypt, we will enter the sacred story of scripture and our own lives to share stories of migration, immigration, hope, fear, and flight. Exploring the experience of refugee families today invites us to wonder: what welcome would the holy family receive if they arrived as refugees in our diocese today? How has immigration and migration shaped our life as a diocese? What inner transformation are we called to make as followers of the Christ child?
Register HERE for the link.

We hope that you're able to join in this special time together. The pilgrimage is free and open to all in the diocese - please feel free to share this invitation with others.
Getting ready for the vaccine
(this info was also sent in a special mailing on 1/11)

Here is the web site where you can register for COVID-19 vaccinations being given at the Convention Center. This is the city's first mass vaccination site but there will probably be more opening over time. It is being run by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health along with the nonprofit Philly Fighting COVID. I believe they are setting up these sites to relieve pressure on the doctors and hospitals, who are under enough strain treating existing cases.  Click this link to access the site Covidreadi

You will need to pre-register, following the instructions on the web site. When you receive your registration confirmation, you will be assigned to a priority phase (e.g., 1A, 1B, 1C) based on your age, health, and occupation. These groupings follow the state-level priority guidelines (see Vaccine (pa.gov), and these follow the CDC's national guidelines.  

You will not be given a vaccination date and time yet but you will be in the database and will be contacted when vaccine doses become available for your phase. The web site may get overwhelmed from time to time so you may need to keep trying.
POWER
Join us at a Facebook Live press conference calling for an end to preemption, which prevents local Pennsylvania municipalities from raising the minimum wage. Immediately following the press conference, we will phone lawmakers demanding preemption repeal.
What: MLK Day Preemption Press Conference & Action
When: Monday, January 18, at 11:00 AM
Where: Facebook Live (you do not have to be a Facebook member to participate)
Let’s make Monday, in the words of Dr. King, "a time for vigorous and positive action"!
In Solidarity, The POWER Team
more from the Rector:
Over this past week I have received numerous letters and articles written by various bishops and other leaders of the Episcopal Church. Some of them stand out because of where I have served or their direct hopefulness. Here is the letter from Bishop Gutierrez of the Diocese of PA: Click HERE
 
Here is one from the Bishops of Province 5 which encompasses Ohio and my former Bishop Hollingsworth:  Bishops write letter urging Episcopalians to avoid inauguration-related protests amid threats of violence. Click HERE
 
Here is Presiding Bishop Curry’s letter and video:
Presiding Bishop calls country to "face painful truths," meet "abyss of anarchy" with healing love … Click HERE
Deacon's corner
A week ago I was in tears watching the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Since then I have been struggling to make sense of it, especially trying to figure out the people who carried banners and signs extolling God and Jesus. Who are these people I asked myself? What bible do they read? What Jesus do they know? I have read numerous articles that describe the people who stormed the capital last week. According to these authors many were Christian Nationalists whose understanding is that the U.S. was founded and blessed by God to be white, patriarchal and Christian. They are totally against diversity, religious pluralism and feminism. Many are racists and anti-Semitic. They are not opposed to using violence to bring about the nation they believe God has ordained. This thinking depresses me beyond measure. Then I came across another article/essay written by Diana Butler Bass: “2021 Looks A Lot Like 2020” https://progressivechristianity.org/resources/2021-looks-a-lot-like-2020/. In it she speaks up for 2020 and the challenges we faced and endured. She sees light for 2021. She gave me comfort and hope. Hope seems to be what we need right now, lots of it. Hope that there will not be any more violence. Hope that we can start rebuilding a nation worthy of God’s blessings. Here are beautiful words about hope from Henri Nouwen:
Hope means to keep living
amid desperation
and to keep humming
in the darkness.
Hoping is knowing that there is love,
it is trust in tomorrow
it is falling asleep
and waking again
when the sun rises.
In the midst of a gale at sea,
it is to discover land.
In the eyes of another
It is to see that he understands you.
As long as there is still hope
There will also be prayer.
And God will be holding you
in his hands.
Pax,
Deacon Lynn

Worship leaders 1.17.21
9:00
Rachel, David, Donna

10:30 MLK remembered
Readers: Uli, Tom
Prayers: Andrea
Officiant and Preacher: Rev. Donna Maree
Tech: David
Birthdays: January
11 Sarah Clark Stuart
14 Sharon Dooley
16 Tippy
21 Peter Krill
25 Jack
Molly
26 Mia
28 Jennifer Kohlhas
30 Phyllis Schnell
Worship:
Sundays: all on Zoom
9:00 a 25 - minute time of prayer, songs, story for 0-7 year old
10:30 everyone welcome; hymns led by the TMC choir, prayers, sermon
coffee hour after both
 
Wednesdays 9-10:00 Morning Coffee & Prayer
Thursdays 5:30 Evening Prayer
Prayer is the most powerful tool we have when we can't be there personally for friend or stranger ...
Please pray healing and support especially for: Mark, Sarah W, Sasha, Shirley, Bill, Travis, Luca, Sallie & Jim W., Lynn, Andrea, Susan W, Richard, Ulpiano, Carmen O, Jan, Katherine
Special prayers of gratitude, especially for vaccines against Covid-19
Grace for those who have died and all who mourn; especially Linda Eppes and her family
Stamina and creativity for all essential workers, especially teachers, clerks, IT professionals, trash collectors, medical personnel, delivery, bankers, restaurant employees ...
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