January 7, 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 8:30 AM 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.
Annual Meeting Set for January 31

The Vestry has designated Sunday, January 31, as the date for the annual meeting. Obviously, this is complicated by the ongoing pandemic. Our by-laws do not contemplate electronic meetings.

Therefore, the annual meeting will be held at both the church sanctuary and via Zoom for qualified electors. With luck, we’ll have at least 30 on the premises, while still allowing those who want or need to participate to do so via Zoom.

If you are considering attending in person, please know we will go out of the way to ensure safety. Many of the reports that are usually read will be recorded and available in advance. (We probably won’t read them or play them during the meeting itself to reduce the time together.)

We’ll swing the windows of the church wide open. Though that will increase the noise from the street, it will make the interior space essentially an exterior space. We’ll also have socially distanced seating available on the side porch for those who prefer to listen from outside the structure.

Every annual meeting involves electing three Vestry members, electing Dioecian Convention delegates (if appropriate) and approval of the budget. This year there will also be an agenda item to amend the by-laws to specifically provide for electronic meetings in times of emergency. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, January 31 after the 8:30AM service (approximately 9:50AM) for the annual meeting. 

Please Buy A Brick and Build a Legacy

Please consider buying a personalized brick for the brick paver portion of the Memorial Garden.
The cost of a 4 x 8 brick is $100. Each brick will accommodate up to 3 lines and up to 18 characters per line, including spaces. You may order a Donor Brick with an additional donation of $35; this is a duplicate of the brick being placed in the garden. A certificate can also be ordered to send to an honoree describing the brick to be installed.

(Please note that bricks will be installed over time as orders accumulate to reduce shipping costs. Please order now, but allow some time for the actual installation of the brick.)

You can order your brick(s) here.
Sunday's Service

Join us Sunday for Holy Eucharist at 8:30 AM. 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
As we enter into the new year--it is time to get busy on our projects! We will gather this Saturday at 9:00AM in the parking lot for a brief meeting to determine which project(s) we will tackle. 

  • We will work for about two (2) hours. Everyone is welcome! 

  • We need volunteers to clean and safely store the items kept in the attic area over the sacristy. [Work to repair leaks there will soon begin!]

  • The altar carpet needs a good cleaning.

  • Continue work on the drip board around Holy Innocent Hall--digging out/remove the rotten board.

  • Weed garden beds and pick-up trash around the property.

  • Re-paint the meditation circle in front of the Historic Rectory. [The “Labyrinth”]

  • Re-paint/touch-up the deck/walkway on the cloister.

  • Continue work in the Garden on the irrigation system and fountain. (Funds needed to complete).

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Senior Warden's Report
By Ray Warren

Happy New Year! So far 2021 appears to be channeling its predecessor, but let us hope better days are ahead.

One way you can help your parish, and the tellers who count contributions, is to remember to write 2021 on your contribution checks. Every year several contributors fill out checks with the prior year (for example, “January 10, 2020”). This causes real issues. A check that is, on its face, a year old may not be negotiable and the staff or volunteers have to track down the donor and ask for a new check.

Checks written in the latter part of 2020 are fine. (For example, December checks just arriving for one reason or another.) It is the ones apparently a year old (due to misstating the year) that cause issues.
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Kudos to Wendy Niven, Dave Eyer, Greta Philips-Ford, Tim Peterson and all others who helped get the church back in normal order after Epiphany. It was beautifully decorated and now is beautifully restored to non Christmastide order.
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I strongly urge you to consider attending the church projects day on Saturday as outlined in Junior Warden Greta Philips-Ford above. I confess I've never attended one because I'm usually beat up by Saturday. But I hope to drag myself out of bed to get over to the church.

As we know, stewardship involves both time and treasure. Right now, volunteer labor represents both. These are outdoor activities - socially spaced. You'll be safe. And you'll make a real contribution.
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Please keep in mind that the St. Paul’s community is large and includes locals, seasonal locals, seasonal visitors, and old families that have moved away (but keep their allegiance here).

Each month the staff prepares a list, pulled from our records, of the birthdays and anniversaries. The list is published in this newsletter and the weekly church bulletin. The names for a given week are also highlighted in the Prayers of the People at worship. I think this is an important way to stay connected with one another.

But staff are only human. I know we are going to make a mistake. At some point we are likely to publish a birthday for somebody who has died. Alternatively, an anniversary will appear when one party has died, or the couple has divorced. I fear that every month.

Unfortunately, when a person gets divorced, the “to do” list doesn’t usually include “update marriage information with church database”. Likewise, especially now that many do not attend in person, a death may not be noted unless specifically conveyed to the office.

We are human. We do look at the lists. We do our best. We hope never to make such a mistake. But if we do, please be forgiving, let the office know, and we will make the correction right away.

On the other hand, if you want to add your birthday or anniversary (and are a regular attendee of and contributor to St. Paul’s), send the appropriate information to the church office.

Several stalwart members made important end of the year contributions. I will be getting out personal thank you notes as soon as possible. But, publicly, from the bottom of my heart I offer thanks on behalf of the entire parish. You have made it possible for St. Paul’s to move forward this year and well into the future. Special thanks to John Sangston for assisting in receiving several of the stock transactions.
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Pray for peace and healing in our nation and, please, stay safe. Several members have already received the vaccination. Help is on the way. Let us not let our guard won now.
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 Message from Tim Peterson

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 730 AM and 5 PM 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), Peter Nanos, Al (Kitty Robert’s partner), Mark Simcox, Susanne Woods, Christian Swanson and Cheryl Cates.

We pray for the departed and their loved ones:

Mark Sandground.

"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 January birthdays

Lonnie Gordon 1/01
Faye Graniela 1/01
Mark Whiteside 1/03
PK Lynch 1/09
Phyllis Sweeting 1/09
Nancy Campbell 1/11
Perry Hodies 1/11
Brittany Mariscal 1/14
Virginia Butler 1/15
Bob Hicks 1/16
Sue Decker 1/17
Lew Ann Cahill 1/18
Barbara Poole 1/19
Elizabeth Curry 1/22
Ruth Lamere 1/22
Juliette Hamilton 1/24
Samantha Langdale 1/24
Jeffrey Burnham 1/27
Richard Curry 1/27
Jeff Minalga 1/28
Julie Waters 1/28
Joshua McCloud 1/29
Carolyn Sangston 1/30
Lorraine Zimmerman 1/31

(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 January Anniversaries

Dave and Irene Eyer 1/02
Wendy Niven and Anthony Sperling 1/05
Jerry and Barbara Poole 1/10
Jeff and Janet Carr 1/12
George and Julie Wallace 1/14
Percy and Betty Curry 1/20
Mary and Dexter Simmons 1/25
Denise and Keith Graham 1/30
Susanne and Dean Schott 1/31
Reminders
Sunday school is canceled during the virus emergency.
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