February 18, 2021
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

This Week's News Highlights

Our Service This Week

Holy Eucharist on Facebook and for those in person will be at 8:30AM on Sunday. See below for how to attend by either mode of participation. Please consider the current state of the pandemic in making your decision about attending this service, or any other, in person. Facebook Live continues to be a safe and meaningful way to join in worship each Sunday.
Pledge Campaign Needs You!

Please consider filling out your 2021 pledge form and returning it to the church today. This is a crucial part of our joint stewardship.

You can download this year's pledge form here. Once downloaded you can return the form in one of several ways:


  • Forms can be filled out and mailed to the church office at 401 Duval Street, Key West, Florida, 33040,

  • Forms can be placed in the collection plate at a Sunday service.
As an alternative to filling out the form, members and friends of St. Paul's can have their pledge entered by simply sending an email to the office in which the essential information from the form is conveyed in an email.

For example: "Please enter my pledge for $xxx for the year 2021. I expect that this amount will be donated weekly" [or monthly, or quarterly, or yearly as the case may be.] That's it. No form required.

All pledges are confidential and will not be shared with other members. Pledges are always aspirational and no person is required to fulfill a pledge if conditions change in the person's life.

Search Committee Update

The Search Committee is now looking through resumes and other materials submitted by Rector candidates. It is hoped that they will be able to begin Zoom interviews with candidates soon. Please keep the Search Committee as a body and its members in your prayers. And please pray for our parish itself, as this process will lead to a new Rector who will lead us for many years into the future.
Please Buy A Brick and Build a Legacy

Brick sales are going well! We'll soon place the first new grouping. Please consider joining in this project. You can order your brick(s) here.
Sunday's Service

Join us Sunday for Holy Eucharist at 8:30AM. Sign up in advance to attend in person (see above) or join us 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 may need to refresh the page a few times if the "live" window does not appear promptly at the appointed time.)

Did you know you DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to view the service or visit our Facebook page? Simply use the Facebook page link to go directly to our Facebook page (even if you don't have your own Facebook account). Follow the directions above.

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

This information is important.

Currently, a limited number of people are allowed to attend services in accordance with diocesan protocols. If you would like to attend, you will be asked to sign up in advance. Contact information will be required.

To attend a Sunday please send an email to info@stpaulskeywest.org indicating the following information:

  • Your name and the names of any family or household members who will attend with you.
  • Your email address
  • Your cell phone number

Email is greatly preferred, but reservations can also be made by calling the church office at 305-296-5142. If nobody answers please leave a message with the information.

(Walk-ins will be accommodated if space allows but please pre-register whenever possible.)
Junior Warden's Report
By Greta Philips-Ford
This week’s volunteer project will be to finish organizing the linen closet in the Parish Hall, folding the remaining chair covers and to wash the deck/porch on the Parish Hall. Please join us at the church between 9AM and 11AM on Saturday for socially distanced volunteer fun.
Ken has prepped the Cloister deck/floor for painting—a much needed paint job! It is always amazing what a coat of paint will do!

The Construction team will begin work/set-up on Friday for the Monday morning start on the North East corner of the church to repair the water intrusion issues in the sacristy. (Thank you to those who donated to the building restoration campaign to make this possible.)

The replacement “gingerbread” for the missing pieces on the Historic Rectory have been completed. Ken and his group can then start working on getting the pieces replaced on the porch, and back into safety compliance.

We need a total of 5 (just got word of a new order, make that 3) more bricks to complete our first order for a new set in the memorial garden! Our goal is to have the bricks installed by Easter, so that means our order needs to be completed this week! See above for ordering information.
Don't Miss This TRUE Fund opportunity!

A generous anonymous donor has offered to match donations to the TRUE Fund up to a total of $1,500 in matching funds.

The TRUE Fund is the primary outreach effort by St Paul's church. After diligent investigation, the TRUE Fund manager (Bruce Hagemann) is often able to provide crucial short-term support to locals in need. This is often coordinated with other community organizations. Many times the TRUE Fund is the first stop gap before other organizations can be utilized.
If you would like to assist in this valuable effort in the next week or so, please send a check to the office marked as TRUE Fund or use the church giving page. If you donate electronically be sure to indicate TRUE Fund in the field for "special instructions to the seller".

Although the sponsor of this initiative has chosen to remain anonymous, on behalf of the entire community in Key West, we offer our thanks.
Senior Warden's Report
By Ray Warren

I was overjoyed this week to learn that Charles “Chuck” Hammond may soon be able to come home from a rehabilitation center in Miami. For those who cannot place Chuck merely by name, you will undoubtedly remember him as one of the stalwart ushers (along with Don Curry) for many, many years prior to the pandemic.

Chuck is a Key West and St. Paul’s treasure. In addition to being probably the most reliable and steady usher in church history, he was the lead teller (for counting, classifying and depositing contributions), head of the Damascus Fund, and a former vestry member.

Chuck had a serious fall in his home in January and was transferred to Miami for treatment. Thankfully that appears to be successful. We will all look forward to his return. Please keep him and his partner/companion and co-conspirator in good works (Joseph Lyles) in your prayers.
 
I was also very happy to see another of our long time parishioners for the first time since the shutdown last year. She has received her second round of the Covid-19 vaccine and felt comfortable enough to attend the noon Ash Wednesday service. (The one that featured open windows for full ventilation.) I certainly don’t want anybody coming to in-person services unless she or he is comfortable. But seeing Linda was a reminder that there may be an end to the pandemic – hopefully at some point this year.

Speaking of Ash Wednesday - and open windows, we are constantly looking for ways to provide opportunities for safe worship and connection with the church again. On the one hand our large church structure allows for significant social distancing. (With a few slightly open windows on Sunday, I feel we provide as safe a place for the current Sunday service.)

On the other hand, our very urban location limits us in ways the other churches in the Keys do not encounter. The “fully open window” service on Ash Wednesday was even safer, but between loud motorcycles, airplanes and at least one vehicle intent on sharing its music with the world, parts of the service were completely drowned out.

Having large services outside is not really an option for us as it is for our sister churches on other Keys. In addition to noise, our memorial garden (which does have a very nice outdoor altar) isn’t as large as it appears. Based on proper social distancing guidelines, we could seat far fewer people there than it might seem at first glance. (And, there is the issue of rain.)

I am acutely aware that those who treasure Rite I have been left out in the current situation. I am also aware that some might attend if we can open all windows fully. (This was evident at the noon Ash Wednesday service when several people who do not feel comfortable at the regular service attended.) And, I realize that the weekday healing service was an important part of the life for some.

When the new Rector arrives, the timing of services will be much easier to manage. (She or he will certainly be able to hold multiple services and will not be constrained by equally important duties at St. Peter’s as Fr. Haughton is.) Some of the service offerings will, if the pandemic endures, almost surely include things we haven’t been able to offer in the emergency.

But, in the short term it appears we need to keep the 8:30AM service (with windows only partially open) to reach our Facebook audience. As an interim measure I will be checking with other supply clergy (and with Fr. Haughton) to see if we can supplement that with more open air (windows open) options, perhaps incorporating Rite I and even a weekday healing service. Whether we can do this before the new Rector arrives, know it will surely happen at some point. Please keep the faith in your parish.

Speaking of faithfulness, I am really asking each of you to do two things this week.
A)     Please fill out your pledge form (or simply email the information as indicated above). I know is sounds silly to have to put it into writing when so many have been utterly faithful in their support. But this is how we plan and how we show Rector candidates and the diocese that we are a strong parish.

No, your personal information and pledge amount is NEVER shared with candidates or the diocese. But, in the aggregate, a sufficient number of pledges is a reasonable marker of parish health. It is a way to deciare our allegiance to St. Paul's. I did mine. It was easy and I am glad to have it done. Please join me.

B)     Please consider making a special gift to the TRUE fund this week. Yes, TRUE Fund Sunday is the first Sunday of the month. But a very special donor has made an additional $1,500 available to us on a matching basis. Your gift of $50.00 could become $100.00 immediately. With so much need in Key West, it is an amazing way to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
Contacts:

Sr. Warden Ray Warrenseniorwarden@stpaulskeywest.org

Jr. Warden Greta Philips-Fordjuniorwarden@stpaulskeywest.org

Epistle Editoreditor@stpaulskeywest.org

Church office (and administrator Lisa McCarthy): info@stpaulskeywest.org

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.
A Note From Tim

Remember, you can find prior recordings of past concerts and musical offerings on St Paul’s Facebook page, or on YouTube.
We Pray Each Day

Daily Morning and Evening Prayer is being offered on Facebook Live at 7:30AM and 500PM on weekdays.

Thanks to Bruce Hagemann, Lisa Laskow, Mary Simmons, Samantha Hall, Sarah Hall and Tim Peterson 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.

Please pray this week for healing for

Brittany (Sherri Hodies’ daughter), Beth and Jon Peterson (sister-in-law and brother of Tim), Al (Kitty Robert’s partner), Zane Wruble (daughter of Katleen Bratton), Susanne Woods, Christian Swanson, Crystal Cates, Tom Bond, Chuck Hammond, Joseph Lyles and the Curry family.

We pray for the departed and their loved ones

"Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servants"

(Send your prayer requests to Tim@stpaulskeywest.org for future publication and to be included in the Sunday service. By default requests will be listed for four (4) weeks. But if the need continues, please let us know.)

We celebrate these February Birthdays

E.A. Jackson Morris 2/4
Donald R. Curry 2/6
Niles Noblitt 2/6
Steven Mungall 2/7
Brody McClaughlin 2/8
Rena Mobley 2/11
Liz Kern 2/13
Ronald Acevedo 2/14
Robert Wilcox 2/16
Susanne Schott 2/17
Clare Keller 2/18
Marisa Conaty 2/19
Bob Lamere 2/24
Anthony Sperling 2/24
Kathleen Zuiderveen 2/24
Janette Chalmers 2/25
Sylvia Hicks 2/25
Wendy Holifield 2/26
Nancy Noblitt 2/27

(If your name is missing from this month's birthday list please send a note to info@stpaulskeywest.org so we can add it.)

We Celebrate February Anniversaries

Susan & Brad Hahn Gilman 2/1
Betty & Edward Toppino 2/12
Bud & Sylvia Halldorson 2/14 
Ruth & Bob Lamere 2/15
Larry & Brooke Myers 2/15
Reminders
Sunday school is canceled during the virus emergency.
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