May 20, 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. This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the celebration of the revelation of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. Attendees at church are encouraged (but certainly not required) to wear red or a red article to church.

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.
Let's Tell Father Haughton How Much We Appreciate Him!

In July of 2020 St. Paul’s faced a difficult situation. With the pandemic raging, none of the priests who normally provide “supply priest” services to our parish were willing to journey to Key West. We were fortunate to have Fr. Tim Carr from Miami Beach and The Reverend Mercedes Busto celebrate the sacraments with us on several occasions.

But the person who really allowed St. Paul’s to continue to worship was The Reverend Lenworth Haughton.

Father Haughton is the priest-in-charge at our sister church – St. Peter’s. But he lives in Broward County. So, each week, for over ten months, he traveled to Key West to serve both parishes. And serve faithfully he did - Sunday after Sunday, through Advent, Lent and Easter. Fr. Haughton’s sermons and steady presence have been a Godsend.

The diocese no longer encourages the collection of a “purse” for departing clergy. Such donations are not tax deductible and collecting them is problematic for churches. But the Vestry is very keen that we, the people of St. Paul’s, let Fr. Haughton know how much he means to us.

On Fr. Haughton’s last Sunday (May 30) we will present him with a basket hopefully filled with cards from St. Paul’s members. The plan is for every person who has been touched by his ministry to send a card to the office. We will give the cards directly to him.

Inside the card it is suggested that grateful members write a heartfelt thank you note and, if so moved, enclose a gift card or monetary gift. Again, the cards will be given directly to Fr. Haughton. The staff will not open them, so personal notes are greatly encouraged.

Fr. Haughton has been with us when we needed him. Let us thank him! Please send a card, with, if you desire, a gift card or monetary gift enclosed, to:

The Reverend Lenworth Haughton
c/o St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
401 Duval Street
Key West, Fl 33040

If you are in Key West you can bring your card to the office (10-3 on Monday or Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 on Wednesday and Thursday, or on Friday morning.) Or drop them in the offering plate. Be sure to address the card directly to Fr. Haughton.

Please do not write checks to St. Paul’s. Our role in this is to act as a conduit. Your gratitude will flow directly to Fr. Haughton. Also, keep in mind that he lives on the mainland, so Key West specific venues may not be the best gift card choice. Gift cards that he can use anywhere (or at least Broward County) will be most useful.

We’d like to get as many of the cards to give to him as possible by May 30. But we’ll forward any that come in after that to him as well. Please be generous in your expressions of gratitude to him.

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 socially distanced seating will be in effect. We look forward to seeing you!
Junior Warden's Report
By Greta Philips-Ford
The month of May has been a very busy month and flying by way too fast!

The long awaited time has arrived and our new priest, Donna Mote, will be arriving within days. 
The volunteers have been working through the week touching up paint at Holy Innocents Hall. The Riviera Rectory has been cleaned and readied for her arrival. 

This week's group of volunteers are asked to report to Wendy Niven to assist in polishing brass (we have a lot of it) and preparing the altar for Donna's induction by Bishop Eaton and her first service.  To help with this vital project please enter through the choir room door off the side porch at 9:00AM on Saturday.

Don't forget the May challenge! We are so close - less than $200 from our goal!
Senior Warden's Report
By Ray Warren

A Busy and Exciting Time

At the May Vestry meeting, the members elected two new directors for the board of the Damascus Fund. The Damascus fund is one of two endowment funds that help keep St Paul's afloat.

The untimely death of Chuck Hammond and the resignation of long time board member Robert Wilcox created two vacancies. Congratulations to Clare Keller and Tony Willis, and many thanks for their willingness to serve.

Clare, and her husband Tom, are absolutely bedrock supporters of the church. They volunteer whenever possible and are at virtually every service. Clare served on the search committee and I know she will do an outstanding job on the Damascus Fund board.

Tony has been at St Paul's far longer than most of us. He is a genuine Key West original and recently retired from a successful accounting practice. I know his expertise will be greatly appreciated and we are very grateful to him for also being willing to serve.
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The funeral service for John Lyons, the longtime partner of former St Paul's music director Joe Lowe, will be held at the Key West Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. on June 8th. I know that many members of our parish are friends with Joe, and I hope there is a good turnout of St Paul's people at the service.
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I'm feeling a little bit bereft this weekend and into next week because two of the most important people in our parish are out of town. I will, however, take advantage of their absence to tell you how vitally important they are.

You know the incredible work that Greta Philips-Ford has done is Junior Warden. It is largely due to her (along with Sexton Ken Bagge and volunteer Ed Hinkle) that the property is ready for our new priest, including the rectory.

Last week, when we discovered the water leak, Greta not only ensured that it was repaired promptly, she immediately applied for an abatement with the Aqueduct Authority. Today we received notice that the bill had been largely abated. It is a large bill still, but her quick action has saved the parish about $1,400.

Music director Tim Peterson is taking a long overdue, and very much deserved, vacation. Tim is so much more than a music director. During the pandemic he has become an expert on broadcasting via the Internet, the director and creator of the Sunday liturgy and an all-around expert on things far afield from being the director of music. When he was called upon to step up to other things, he did so without complaint.

Our excellent cantor, Dean Warden, will be playing the organ the next two Sundays. We are fortunate to have him as well - and that he is such a multi-talented individual. Dean receives a small stipend for his work as cantor, but he is basically a volunteer and an enthusiastic one, giving far more than would be expected for the position which he formally holds.

When you see these people, please tell them thank you. And please thank God for providing us with them.
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Remember that Bishop Eaton will install our new priest, Donna Mote, on Saturday, June 5th at 5:00PM. Also, “Padre Donna” (as she is accustomed to being called) will celebrate her first service as our priest on Sunday, June 6th. Two red letter days for sure in the life of St. Paul’s.

We hope to see many of you at one or both services. Remember that masks are still required and social distancing will be in force.)

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!

From the Organ” is back again on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at noon on Facebook Live as well as in person at St Paul’s. Masks required. We hope to see you here or online. This month will showcase Tom Scheck, Tom Bond, John Penkoske, and Tim Peterson.

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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