May 13, 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. Advanced sign up is no longer required. Masks are still required as is social distanced seating. Congregational singing is not yet permitted, but there will be beautiful music from the organ and our cantor.
Congratulations to Sarah Hall.

Sarah Hall is the daughter of Christopher and Samantha Hall.  Sarah is graduating from Key West High School as a honor student and a AP Scholar.  Sarah will be attending the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Sarah has been a member of St Paul’s from a young age. She was christened, attended Sunday school and took her first communion at St Paul’s. More recently she has been volunteering on Saturday's, helping to maintain the church grounds.

Our prayers and good wishes go with her on the next stage of her life journey.
And Congratulations to Bill Malpass and the EfM program

Last week the Education for Ministry (EfM) semester ended with a graduation ceremony at the home of EfM mentor Susanne Woods on Sugarloaf Key.

Education for Ministry, or EfM, is a program in practical theology developed 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, mentored (led) the group this past year. All of the participants except Bill (Wendy Niven, Lila Whiteside, Kathleen Bratton, Ray Warren, Peter Nanos and Judy Sandground) were first year students. Bill completed his fourth and final year.

The program will start again in the fall. The group hopes to add two or three (or maybe a few more) students for first year studies, while the existing students move on to year two. Stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, if you see Mr. Malpass, congratulate him on his awesome achievement.

Restoring and Preserving St. Paul's One Brick At A Time

A new set of bricks, representing love, remembrances and faith as expressed by parishioners, was recently set in the Memorial Garden. (The latest grouping is pictured.) Please consider joining in this project. You can order your brick(s) here.

Proceeds help preserve our iconic church and grounds for future generations.
Sunday's Service

Join us for Holy Eucharist at 8:30AM on Sunday in person 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.

You no longer need to pre-register to attend a Sunday services. If we do not already have your contact information you will be asked to fill out a contact information form one time (only) to be added to the list of persons for whom we have such information.

Please remember that masks are still required, there is no congregational singing (though there will be beautiful organ music and a solo by the cantor) and socially distanced seating will be in effect. We look forward to seeing you!
Junior Warden's Report
By Greta Philips-Ford
It has been a busy week of solving mysteries at St. Paul's. It started with the removal of the dead Lignum Vitae tree by the entrance of the Historic Rectory. Once the tree was removed for the re-planting of another, we discovered that the hole was filling with water! 

We searched around trying to figure out where the water may be leaking. We called in the plumbers and checked the FKAA meter on the street. Nothing (so we thought) - and could find no other evidence of water except the grass was really lush where the tree was removed. 
Our thought was a leaking cistern.  It was not until the water bill arrived via email that we discovered that the meter was running. We have two meters on the property for FKAA -- still trying to sort out why as only one is listed on the bill. 

Needless to say, a new protocol is in place for FKAA to contact us as soon as we have continuous flow on the property.
All is well that ends well.

The new Lignum Vitae has been planted by the front porch (Duval Side) of the Historic Rectory. The leak has been found and fixed by our wonderful plumbers -- Tony Herce. (They had to crawl under the Historic Rectory to find it!) 

Add another item to add to our "To Do" list -- replace and update the old plumbing in the Historic Rectory.
I look forward to seeing you at the Church on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 to fill in the hole where the tree had been planted and continue to work on Holy Innocents Hall in preparation for our new priest, Donna Mote. 

Don't forget only two weeks left for the May challenge!
Senior Warden's Report
By Ray Warren

A True and Meaningful Homecoming Story

One of the more meaningful and humbling things during my year (almost) as “ecclesiastical authority” has been the interment of ashes in our Memorial Garden. This has happened four times. The first time we had to call on the good graces of our former sexton, Jackie Umbriaco, to show us how to open the niche, dig the receptacle and replace the stone properly.
Of the four interments, twice a clergyperson presided over the interment. But the other times it was just me.
One family did not want any kind of service for the three sets of ashes (father, mother and brother) we buried. But they had properly purchased the niches, so I watched respectfully as the family members read what they had written of their loved ones. After carefully closing the spaces, I hoped it was enough for them to find closure.
Then, there was last Monday when we welcomed home the remains of a Key West native.
The husband had contacted Fr. Larry back in 2018. He explained that he and his wife Marilyn were graduates of Key West High School (class of 1957) where they met. At some point (in the 60’s, I think) they family left Key West in search of employment opportunities. Their daughter was born in Miami and they spent many years in Gainesville.
When Tony Gordon wrote to Fr. Larry, his wife, Marilyn, had been diagnosed with a form of dementia that was robbing her of her memory. But she had always wanted her ashes to be buried at St. Paul’s.
I explained to Mr. Gordon that it was logistically difficult to get a clergy person to Key West during the week to read the service, but I would try. He replied that Marilyn would have been very pleased with a lay led service. So, since the Prayer Book allows it, I read the service for the family. Afterwards, Mr. Gordon gave me permission to share a bit about his late wife.
Marilyn Jane (Foh) Gordon was a thirteen year old girl in Key West. Her father was a Mason and her mother was member of the Order of the Eastern Star. So, young Marilyn joined the Masonic youth group - she became a Rainbow Girl.
At that time the family attended a church of another denomination. That church still exits in Key West but naming it would add nothing to the story. Suffice it to say that the pastor demanded that Marilyn turn over her Rainbow Girls Handbook, something she had been instructed never to do. She refused and the minister advised her that she was going to hell.
Quoting Tony Gordon: “Needless to say she was devastated, came home and told her parents. At this point God intervened, she shared the information with several of her friends who were all members of St. Paul’s. They immediately dragged her down to see the priest. The rest is history. She has been Episcopal ever since. She thrived in the church – vestry member, Stephen minister, EfM mentor, diocesan delegate…and on and on”.
I am glad that when she needed acceptance, St. Paul’s was there for Marilyn so many years ago. I am glad that a relationship born of hurt yielded so much good in Marilyn’s life. I was awed by a husband of over sixty years who was determined to bring her home and who spoke of her with obvious love and abiding affection.
But most of all, I was glad that she had found rest in a place that had inspired her for a lifetime.

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A reminder that the Memorial Service for longtime member and volunteer Charles "Chuck" Hammond will be at 2:00PM on Sunday, May 16. As with other services, masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be in force. You DO NOT need to sign up in advance for this service.

Sr. Warden Ray

Jr. Warden Greta


Church office (and administrator Lisa McCarthy):

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.
Music Archives Online!

Did you miss the organ recital "From the Organ" on May 6th?

Well, remember that you can also find prior recordings of many 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), Peter Nanos, Joseph Lyles, Danny Sweeting, Cari Varela, Carolyn Sangston, Ed Hinkle, Monica (Kitty Roberts’ daughter), Gina, Sandy Highsmith, Carla Harper (sister of Joseph Lyles), Fran Lepine (friend of Joseph)

We pray for the departed and their loved ones

Charles "Chuck" Hammond, Kathryn Heldt (mother of Lisa McCarthy) John Lyon (partner of Joe Lowe, long-time organist at St Paul’s) and Christina Slone

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

(Send your prayer requests to 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 May Birthdays

Jim McCloud 05/01
Tom Valvoda 05/02
Milford Crandall 05/05
Jason Greko 05/05
Charlie Bradford 05/07
Janet Carr 05/08
Gianna Parrish 05/09
Edward King 05/10
Michael McLaughlin 05/12
Susanne Woods 05/12
Janet Staffen 05/16
Barbara Tirman 05/17
Pearl Pope 05/18
Marilyn Helgeson 05/19
Joseph H. Lyles, Jr. 05/19
Noe Nelson 05/20
Patrick Mobley 05/24
Melissa McLaughlin 05/25
Buzz Braley, Jr. 05/26
Cheryle Allen 05/28
Lisa Benfield 05/28
Tom Keller 05/28
Natalie Sweeting 05/28
Dotti Albury 05/30

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

We Celebrate May Anniversaries

Peter & Faye Graniela 05/03
Michael & Sarah Kindinger 05/12
Samantha & Chris Hall 05/18
Wynn & Isabel Steincamp 05/19
Perry & Sherri Hodies 05/20
Ricardo & Caimyn Eage Montano 05/20
Jack & Lorraine Zimmerman 05/20
Kyle & Holle Campbell 05/27
Martin & Joanne Hindsley 05/27
Sunday school is canceled during the virus emergency.
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