April 30 2020
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Rector's Message

This coming Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Eastertide. The focus is always on Christ as the Good Shepherd. Did you know that among the earliest and most popular images of Jesus in the early church was of the Good Shepherd? It is found on early Christian tombs, as graffiti in catacombs and in the very first churches. It was replaced by the crucifix, but not until much later.

What might your prayer be like if you had in your mind the image of the Good Shepherd? How would a pastoral image of care and beauty help you as you approach God? 
Sunday's Service

Join us Sunday for Holy Eucharist at 9:30 AM on Facebook. To join via Facebook, go to the church Facebook page at the appropriate time and look for the window showing that "St. Paul's Key West is now live." Click on the window.

You can open or download the bulletin for the Sunday service here .

Join Us for Morning and Evening Prayer
Daily Morning and Evening Prayer is being offered on Facebook Live at 730 AM and 5 PM on weekdays. Fr. Steve is offering a short meditation during Evening Prayer, Monday - Thursday.

Thanks to Mary Simmons and Bruce Hagemann for volunteering to officiate some of the days!

To join in the prayers via Facebook, go to the church  Facebook page  at the appropriate time and look for the window showing that "St. Paul's Key West is now live." Then click on the window.
Book Group Tackles A New Title

The book group led by Susanne Woods has wrapped up its discussion of one book and is beginning another. Next, week the group will be reading " The Interior Castle " by St. Teresa of Ávila . Inexpensive Kindle editions are available on Amazon . A free version in the public domain is available here in pdf format. Please contact Susanne at susanne.woods@gmail.com to join the discussion and receive a zoom link.

Senior Warden Notes
Ray Warren
Thank you, thank you, thank you to those who continue to support St. Paul’s via checks mailed to the office (401 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040) or by using the online donation option on the church website. You are preserving our future.

Giving by members and regular supporters has been encouraging, but we have lost the revenue from the donation boxes and votive candles in the church - and from the loose offering visitors gave on Sundays.

We were very blessed to learn this week that our application for an SBA loan was approved. These funds will help (somewhat) to alleviate the loss of visitor and tourist contributions. Moreover, we expect to qualify to have the small loan “forgiven” - making it an emergency grant. But the modest endowment funds that support our yearly budget have taken a hit in the stock market and the grant is a one time grace. So, we have some challenges ahead.

Father Steve and the vestry are committed to open communication. We will get through this and be stronger. But I do want you to know that challenges remain and your faithfulness makes a huge impact.
We will, sadly, be soon saying goodbye to Jim and Pamela McCloud as they are moving to Durham, North Carolina. Pamela volunteered many hours at the church office this past winter, has been a fixture in helping with coffee hour and served on the vestry. Jim edited this newsletter and the church website and served as a Eucharistic minister.

Fortunately, Jim has agreed to continue to maintain our website from Durham. I am now editing the Epistle and other church wide emails. Jim was a great teacher, but bear with me if errors creep in. I will be responding to the editor@stpaulskeywest.org email about newsletter issues.

For other vestry or church business, feel free to reach out to me at s eniorwarden@stpaulskeywest.org .
Join Tim Peterson's Music History Program On Facebook Each Thursday At Noon

Each Thursday at noon, St. Paul's music director Tim Peterson presents an informative program on music. After a fascinating series on the history of psalm singing, Tim's recent programs have explored our own beautiful church organ. Tune in to see what is next.

Access the program live each week from the Church Facebook page. After the live session, the program remains available on the Facebook Page to watch on you own schedule.

Know Your History

(Many thanks to resident historian Dave Eyer for this look into our past. This is the second installment regarding 19th and early 20th century church member May Johnson.)

According to the 1935 Florida state census, May was a high school graduate. No college education is noted. She would likely have completed high school in Key West about 1894. The section of her diary being published currently is from 1896.

In 1901 May married Stephen W Douglass age 33, a pharmacist and US Navy officer, at St Paul’s Church. (This would have been the third church, the immediate predecessor to the current church that was destroyed in the hurricane of 1909.)

Douglas was from Waltham, Massachusetts. In the 1900 census May is listed as a single school teacher age 24 living with her mother on Division St (now Truman) in Key West. Stephen is listed in the 1900 census as being a single pharmacist age 34 at the US Navy base in Key West. He was the census enumerator and his penmanship has a peculiar exaggerated backward slant indicating he was likely left handed.

Stephen and May would have known each other for at least one year. The length of their pre-marriage relationship might be found in later years of her diary. May and Stephen had two children - Florence Douglass (1902-1907) and Malcolm Earl Douglass (1906-1907). The children’s deaths are just a few weeks apart and are in the state of New York death index. The causes of the deaths are not noted. The death locations listed are the same for each child. The family had apparently moved to New York as they followed Stephen's US Navy career.

In the 1910 census Stephen W Douglass, pharmacist age 43, and wife May age 34 (no occupation listed) were in Vallejo, California- likely at nearby Mare Island Navy Base. In only the 1900 and 1910 censuses all adult women were asked how many children they had and how many were living. May’s answer was that she had two children and both had died. How terribly sad for her and Stephen. 
Sunday school is canceled during the virus emergency.
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