June 25, 2020
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Rector's Message

I Love EfM

I was very happy for St. Paul's to hear of Susanne Woods' interest in starting an EfM group again here. EfM stands for Education for Ministry. It is a program that comes out of the University of the South, Sewanee.

Participants receive an education in Scripture, History, Ethics and Theology. But this is only half of the program. The other half is learning the practice of theological reflection--to think, feel and imagine new possibilities for our communities from the basis of a mature faith.

It is a challenging program. It means learning to take a critical look at the Bible, Church History and Theology. By critical, I mean surveying the best scholarship in place now, including scholarship that at times calls into question the easy answers some of us learned about these topics.

For some, it is painful to have easy answers removed and requires us to make up our minds about what we believe and what are our fundamental commitments. Growth is always challenging. EfM will promote your spiritual growth if you join.

Here is why I love EfM: as people wrestle with these profound questions, participants gain a hard-won spiritual clarity about their own lives and vocation for ministry. Everyone I have known who has completed EfM emerges as a more mature Christian and as a spiritual leader in churches, worksites and neighborhoods. I just can't say enough positive things about EfM.

We are doubly blessed at St. Paul's to have such a capable and "over-qualified" mentor in Susanne Woods. I dearly hope that St. Paul's will fill this group to capacity. The parish and the new Rector will be thankful!
Sunday's Service
Join us Sunday for Holy Eucharist at 9:30 AM on Facebook.

And also on Zoom.

To view the service on Zoom (go to Zoom.com to sign up for a free account) use this link .

If you don't have Facebook or Zoom connections, you can call into the audio part of the service by calling any one of these numbers:

312 626 6799   
929 205 6099
301 715 8592
346 248 7799
669 900 6833
253 215 8782

(Note, if you don't have toll free long distance calling you might incur a long distance charge for these numbers. )

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 .

Education for Ministry Opportunity for St. Paul's
Education for Ministry, or EfM, is a program in practical theology developed for laypeople by the School of Theology of the University of the South (Sewanee). Its purpose is to help laypeople explore their personal ministries as baptized Christians, through studying the Bible alongside basic biblical commentary, church history, Christian theology and ethics, and our relation and response to those of other faiths.

The program involves developing a community of six to twelve persons who meet weekly over 32 weeks for regular prayer and worship, sharing responses to readings, and together developing the skill of theological reflection.

Susanne Woods, who participated in the program at St. Paul’s when it was mentored by Ginger Butler and Wendy Coles several years ago, has now passed the mentor training, and is willing to restore a group at St. Paul’s if there is enough interest.

Although this is an in-person experience, St. Paul’s has always made arrangements to include snowbirds who arrive after classes have begun. This will be made even easier now that we are sure to begin our program online, while hoping and expecting that we will find a way to meet together safely in the winter months.

Please email or call Susanne if you might be interested: Susanne.woods@gmail.com , 305-407-7003. You may also find out more at http://efm.sewanee.edu/about-efm/about-efm . There are fees involved in participating but some financial help may be available for those who need it. Most important is a commitment to the group for at least one year (32 weeks).
Senior Warden Notes
Ray Warren
Getting in touch with Canon Tidy at the diocese to talk about transitions and supply priests will be high on my list this coming week. This is complicated by uncertainty as to whether we'll be able to open again for services or will need to continue worshiping entirely via electronic media.

Our application to re-open is still pending, but as we all know, virus cases in Florida, and even in Monroe County, are now going the wrong way. We will await the decision from Miami and plan for all contingencies.

Speaking of the virus, I beg those of you in Key West this summer to not only mask up, but to stand in solidarity with beleaguered retail and restaurant workers who are seeking to enforce the city and county's legal requirement to do so. Unfortunately, some of those visiting care little for the health of workers and citizens. It is our duty to exert as much unity and community pressure as we can to protect everyone.

Finally, I commend to you the information above about the Education for Ministry opportunity available to each of you beginning in the fall. This is for ministry but not for ministers. It is a lay program, and our parish will be so much the richer if many of you are willing to go the extra mile to become deeper lights and mentors for the future.

Your generosity is keeping St. Paul's afloat during the storm of Covid-19 . Pledges and contributions can be made electronically via the church g iving page . Or pledges and gifts can be mailed to the church at 401 Duval Street, Key West, Florida, 33040. God bless each of you for your support.

If you have questions or concerns or just want to reach out to me my email address is seniorwarden@stpaulskeywest.org
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. 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.

"Like" us and turn on live notifications to get a reminder whenever we are offering prayers.
Next Week's Program

Tim Peterson "From the Organ"

Tim continues his weekly Organ recitals and informational streaming from the organ bench on Thursdays at noon. Next week he will concentrate on the organ works of Paul Manz.

For many years, Mr. Manz Was Cantor and organist at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His musical compositions for the Organ as well as choral are internationally known. We hope that you can join in live on Facebook, Thursday at noon.

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

Know Your History

(From our resident church historian, Dave Eyer.)  

Stephen Russell Mallory (1812-1873

Stephen Russell Mallory was born in Trinidad, West Indies. He came to Key West with his parents Charles and Ellen Russell Mallory, and older brother John, soon after the founding of the city in the early 1820s. His father and brother died soon thereafter.

Mallory was educated in Mobile, AL and three years at the Moravian Academy then located in Nazareth, PA (near Bethlehem). Though he was only able to be at the Moravian Academy for three years, he had only praise for his education there.

It must have been a real adventure for a teenager to do the voyage from Key West to Philadelphia or New York City and then overland to Nazareth. Think of it. His schooling ended at age seventeen in 1829 and he returned home to Key West.

Wiki says Stephen was a lifetime practicing Roman Catholic but this is not true. There was no Roman Catholic church in Key West until 1851. He was listed among 37 other men as a member of what would become St Paul’s Episcopal Church after the first service on Dec 25, 1832. Stephen was about 20 years of age at that time. No women were listed so we do not know of his mother’s situation.

A review by Keith Miller of a book about Stephen Mallory by Rodman L Underwood says that “Throughout these early years, Mallory is presented as an optimistic, energetic, outgoing, self confident and self educated man”. He studied law under Judge William Marvin (1808-1902) and then practiced in Key West. (Note Judge Marvin was only 4 years older than Mallory.)

Mallory married Angela Moreno in 1838. He became a Monroe County Judge, participated in the Second Seminole War, and became Collector of Customs- a Federal position in 1845. In the 1840 US Census, Stephen, Angela and their infant daughter are in Key West as they are in the 1850 census. By that time, the young family had grown to be Stephen R Mallory age 34, Angela age 34, Margaret age 9 and son Francis age 4. The young daughter in the 1840 census had perhaps died or was apprenticed out at about age 11 to another household- a common happening even in well-off families of the time.

(To be continued)
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