August 13, 2020
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
This Week At St. Paul's

Our cantor, Dean Warden, returns this week. Father Lenworth Haughton will also be our celebrant (as he will be for the foreseeable future.) Please join us for Holy Eucharist on Facebook live as noted below.

Tim Peterson continues his weekly "From the Organ" program at noon on Thursday (see below) and please check in for morning and evening prayer whenever possible.
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.

We will host a Zoom "coffee hour" so members can say "hi" and chat. Please join you fellow parishioners on Zoom at the completion of the service (approximately 10:15 AM) using this link. (Go to to sign up for a free account)

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

Junior Warden's Report
We are going to take a break from Saturday volunteer projects at the church due to summer heat. Stay tuned for information about the resumption of volunteer Saturdays.

Senior Warden Notes
Ray Warren
More change and adaptation.

It appears clear that it may be some time before we can gather again for in person worship. The Covid-19 numbers in Monroe County have finally begun to stabilize and even decline (though not consistently). This is a vast improvement over July. But the diocese wants to see a sustained decline in both new cases and the positive testing rate before services resume.

I was fortunate last week to attend a meetings that offered more clarification. In a regular gathering of clergy, the Bishop and Canon Tidy allowed senior wardens to also attend. We learned that each county can now move forward when local conditions are met, even if the diocese as a whole does not meet the criteria.

At the moment, Monroe County is, proportionately speaking, not much better than Miami-Dade. But given our smaller size, there is hope that we might meet the goal before the mainland counties. If so, we may no longer be constrained by conditions in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach. That is certainly great incentive to encourage our friends and neighbors to help us slow the spread.

Having said that, I want to issue a strong call to all of you -- both summer locals and those who will be returning for the season soon -- to help envision better ways to communicate and build community with the tools we already have.

I think we've all thought of the current situation as a "holding pattern". We're streaming services mainly as a way to stay connected until things "get back to normal." Now we may need to think about building community with the tools we have in the current situation for some time. In other words, the work of the church can't be on hold until we can gather, touch and hug again. We need to not only maintain, but strengthen, our bonds to one another.

The choir, under the leadership of music director Tim Peterson, has formed a Facebook group. I strongly applaud this move and commend the idea of unofficial "gathering spots" on the Internet to each of you. You don't need official sanction from me (or anyone) to get together on the web.

If people who summer in the Chesapeake area want to chat, then please find a forum and do so. If you have an interest in church history or travel, then by all means, start a group and start sharing and discussing.

Next week, at the vestry meeting, I will be urging my fellow vestry members to brainstorm about how to open additional channels of communication. Like most older folks (I'll let you decide whether to include yourself in that grouping) I know little beyond Facebook, and now, Zoom. I'm not even sure if Twitter or Instagram can be useful for community sharing. But I bet some of you do.

One thing I do intend to initiate is an official St. Paul's Facebook group. Unlike our "page", the "group" will be for open sharing and discussion. But, in these stressful times, such groups must also be moderated to ensure that inappropriate or hurtful content is not posted or retained. As soon as we are ready, with proper protocols in place, we'll launch that.

Meantime, I, and other lay leaders, will be looking to those of you with social media or editing skills to offer advice, and perhaps some volunteer time, as we move forward. For example, unlike the Sunday service, other things we post to YouTube or Facebook need not always be "live." We may be able to put together a music or educational program without violating diocesan rules by melding together content from different times.

Who wants to lead a coffee house meeting? Who wants to organize a discussion panel? Who has video and audio editing skills you might be willing to donate? Should we have rotating groups like dinner groups, so ten or twelve random people can "Zoom" and check in with one another (without dinner)?

What emerging social media platforms do you know about that we should also know about? Is Webex better than Zoom?

We will gather again. It will happen. But let's not be "on hold" any longer. If you know of social media opportunities and platforms that work, please let me know. If you have skills in putting together video clips into a program and can offer some time at little or no cost, please let us know. If you have ideas for educational or social program formats, let's explore them.

It is a new world, and, until we can return to what is familiar, we might as well set out to conquer the space we now inhabit. Please email me at with your thoughts and ideas.

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Thanks to all who wrote me last week about re-opening the church for visitors and private (non organized) prayer. We will work with the diocese in the proper Episcopal way to move forward - hopefully, separating the matter of our iconic building as a holy space (and sacred community shrine) from the issue of resuming services (which will undoubtedly take longer).

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We remain very excited about the lay leadership training program known as EFM (Education for Ministry) to be offered this fall. If you are interested, Please email or call Susanne Woods at, 305-407-7003.


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Church office phone: 305-296-5142

Church mailing address: 401 Duval Street, Key West FL 33040. Pledges and offerings can be mailed here or made electronically at the church giving page.

Tim Peterson "From the Organ"

Tim has decided to not to take a summer hiatus at this time and to continue the weekly From the Organ series at noon on Facebook live.

According to Tim, "we are still in the thick of things!" Tim will be exploring hymns for the next 2 weeks. Please email him at with hymn requests from either the 1982 hymnal, or the Lutheran hymnal (the LBW).

This has become one of St. Paul's most popular offerings. Check it out this coming Thursday by checking the church Facebook page at noon and clicking on the live icon when the stream appears.

You can find prior weeks recordings of Tim’s concerts on St Paul’s Facebook page, or on YouTube.

Please Join in Morning and Evening Prayer

Daily Morning and Evening Prayer is being offered on Facebook Live at 730 AM and 5 PM on weekdays.

Thanks to Lisa Laskow, Mary Simmons and Bruce Hagemann for volunteering to officiate at these sacred moments.

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.

"Like" us and turn on live notifications to get a reminder whenever we are offering prayers.
Windows and History

(Resident parish historian Dave Eyer continues his exploration of the history of St. Paul's church windows.)

Another Mystery- Window #18 - The Annunciation of Our Lady

This relatively small but lovely window is located at the Lady Chapel Altar. It was made in 1920 by Phipps, Ball and Burnham.

The upper figure is the Angel Gabriel announcing to the kneeling Mary that she is to become the Mother of The Messiah. Between fifteen and twenty years ago, the writer met Peter Rohlf, owner of the Rohlf’s Stained and Leaded Glass Studio of Mt Vernon, NY in the church. While walking in the center aisle, Peter looked across the pews and said to the effect “That one is different” referring to the “Annunciation” window.

In 2010 we received a letter from the US sales representative of the noted Bavarian stained glass studio, Franz Mayer, & Co of Munich. The letter stated the Mayer studio sold a window to St Paul’s Church in 1891 and hoped we still enjoyed it. That window was installed in the third St Paul’s Church that was destroyed in the 1909 Hurricane.

The Franz Mayer representative was contacted immediately, told of the destruction of the church in which the window was installed and asked the subject of the window. Sadly, he related, the artistic records were lost in the Allied aerial bombardment of Munich in 1943. The commercial records were stored separately and survived. A copy of “The “Golden Cockerel” was also sent in hope a Franz Mayer workman might identify a clue in one of our windows. No further reply was received. Winifred Fryzel told me privately years prior to 2010 it was “legend” St Paul’s had a Mayer window but no surviving record on our part that she could find.

The “Annunciation” window has some important differences in the writer’s opinion. The halo above Mary and the flowers scattered in the scene seem different from other windows. The treatment at the top and bottom of the window is typical Phipps Ball, and Burnham. Is it possible broken fragments from the window were saved and incorporated in the window? St Mary’s Star of the Sea church has only one stained glass window and it is by Franz Mayer studio.

The writer has not made a detailed examination of the St Mary’s window for comparison. The Franz Mayer studio was established by Joseph Gabriel Mayer (1808-1883) in 1860. A branch was opened in New York City in 1888. Other items were rescued from the destruction of our third church including the altar and memorial tablets placed on the north wall of the nave of the church. Why not glass from the only stained glass window? To be continued. 
Sunday school is canceled during the virus emergency.
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