October 1, 2020
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

This Week's News Highlights

Service time has changed

Please Note That Our Sunday Service time has changed to 8:30 a.m. for the foreseeable future. In addition to live services for a limited number of participants, Facebook Live broadcasts of the service will continue.
We Grieve with Father Haughton

We are very sad to learn that the mother of our supply priest (and shepherd in these difficult times) has passed away in Jamaica from Covid-19. As with all things these days, grieving itself is complicated by travel restricti0ns and by restrictions on returning.

The entire community of St. Paul's joins in prayer for Father Lenworth Haughton and his family.

We are working on contingency arrangements should Fr. Haughton need to be away. But for the moment we pause to grieve with our priest.

"We are family" - Part Two

On Sunday, October 18, the Diocese of Southeast Florida will celebrate its 50th anniversary. St. Paul's will not have its own services that day and everyone is invited and ENCOURAGED to log into the 10 AM service led by our bishop, Peter Eaton, and featuring the homily by our presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. This is an incredible opportunity to worship as a connected community with our leaders.

Because we are accustomed to gathering at 8:30 we may put together some sort of program (perhaps a musical offering or a chance to just catch up with each other) at that time. But, please note for your calendar that the worship service for the 18th will be with our bishop and presiding bishop at 10:00 AM online.

Login instructions will be provided in future editions of this newsletter.

Procedures to reserve your space at services

Currently, up to 24 people are allowed to attend services. 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.

To allow for a proper count, and to allow volunteers to prepare for your attendance, please complete your reservation by 2 p.m. on the Thursday before the Sunday you wish to attend. Please remember that you must wear a mask for the entire service and please arrive 10 minutes before the service begins.

Please note that you need to notify us EVERY week you want to attend. We do not currently have a system to automatically roll over regular attendees. So please notify the office each week you can attend.

(Note: We do have some space this week if you want to send your reservation on Friday.)

On the other hand, you do not need to wait until the same week to reserve a seat for an upcoming service. Feel free to go ahead and email your information as soon as you are confident you wish to attend. The sooner we have a good count the better.
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.

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.

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

Junior Warden's Report
By Greta Philips-Ford
The Saturday Morning Volunteer group will gather outside this week to work in the garden on weeding beds; re-planting the planters and general clean-up. Please come join us at 8:30 AM or as soon thereafter as your schedule allows (until noon) ! 
Senior Warden Notes
Ray Warren
This week you will notice that the order of service ("the bulletin") in the link above is in the style of the ones we used when we met in person. Now that we are in the "blended" (part online/part in person) phase of services, it seemed wise to go back to the familiar.

At Fr. Houghton's suggestion, we have also added back the traditional three readings (Old Testament, New Testament and Gospel in addition to the appointed Psalm.) And the readings will be by members of the congregation.

Many kudos to Tim Peterson for formatting the new bulletins. It is one of the many tasks, once performed by others, that he has taken on without complaint and with skill. If you see Tim, do not hug him (we need to preserve his health for the good of all) but give him air hugs and high fives from a distance.

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St. Paul’s has been blessed. We had an outstanding priest for a decade. We had an amazing interim, who did exactly what interim’s do - made us face some realities and ask questions. Thanks to Fr. Steve, we are lean and financially strong.

When Father Steve’s time was over, we were blessed by Fr. Tim from Miami Beach, who graciously came down two Sundays (and sent us a sermon for Morning Prayer on the third). And then, Father Haughton, came to us from neighboring St. Peter’s. He has been a joy to work with. His messages each Sunday have been biblically based and heartfelt, and we are so grateful to the other Episcopal parish in Key West for sharing him with us.

Our priest, even if for a short time, is family, and we lift our prayers for Father Haughton's mother and his family in this difficult time.

But one thing that Covid, the long interim period, and the general uncertainty of the times has shown is that St. Paul’s has a deep bench. We are not a team dependent on one all star player. We are a team of people who pitch in and do what needs to be done. I am constantly amazed at the dedication of our members.

We have a clerk for the vestry (thank you, Holle Campbell). Each week Bruce Hagemann not only does the hard work of vetting requests for help from the limited resources of the TRUE fund, but reads morning and evening prayer online multiple days of the week. He is joined by Mary Simmons, Lisa Laskow and (soon) Samantha and Sarah Hall. When there is a need, people step up.

Dave Eyer makes sure that checks written by our accountant each week are signed by two authorized signers and delivered to the office for mailing. This is not a pedestrian task but it happens every week. But more importantly, Dave is a counselor and a font of institutional knowledge.

And I could go on. Susanne Woods is leading an outstanding class in the Education for Ministry (EfM) program that will provide us with trained lay leadership going forward. Phyllis Pita not only serves as teller (counting contributions and making deposits) regularly, she is also the summer “altar guild.” Brian Wagstaff took the lead as chair of our reopening committee. Greta Philips-Ford has transformed our campus with intelligent and fiscally responsible improvements. Ken Bagge has volunteered (VOLUNTERED!) to be our sexton.

Tropical Storm Sally fried the monitor in our office for our on campus cameras. Without hesitation, Perry Hodies offered to buy us another one. We found a small one that worked, and I was going to tell him, "it’s okay we found something". Then I came into the office to find the bigger, better newer monitor that Perry had bought us. (He will probably yell at me for calling him out, but we are grateful.)

Last Sunday, after church, I found Perry inspecting kneelers. He has some good ideas for making some of them ascetically more appealing. (There are actually two kinds, who knew?) Perry has repaired many of the kneelers without recognition. That is the St. Paul’s way. See something, volunteer.

We are a strong family. We have challenges ahead. But please know, St. Paul’s is more than a beautiful place. St. Paul’s is a community. And we are Keys Strong.

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Thank you for your continued financial support of St. Paul's.

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.

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: 305-296-514

Tim is Taking A Well Deserved Break, But the Magic is Available


Our amazing music director, Tim Peterson, has ended his popular weekly music program to work on other projects. Look for more musical offerings from Tim in the coming months. In the interim, you can find prior weeks recordings of Tim’s concerts 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 Lisa Laskow, Mary Simmons, Samantha Hall, Sarah Hall and Bruce Hagemann 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

Freddy Varela
Betty Curry
Sherri Hodies' daughter, Brittanny
Beth and Jon Peterson

We pray for the departed and their loved ones:

David Ford and Ena Haughton.

Also pray for the soul of Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, a well known, and much loved, Key West local, missed by many in the parish.

"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 October birthdays

Danielle Marsical 10/01
Peter Graniela 10/02 
Betty Topino   10/03 
Edward Cabrera 10/04
Richard Pischke   10/08
Fr. Lenworth Haughton 10/08
Aleida Alexander  10/10
Denise Grahamn   10/11
David Horan   10/14
Kim Grizzle-Malgrat 10/15 
Katherine Ward  10/17
Tom Bond  10/19 
Martin Hindsley 10/20
Julie Wallace 10/20
Ross Neagley 10/21
Frankie Grizzle-Malgrat 10/22
Eric Whiteside 10/23
Terry Garcia 10/25
CloeAnn Garrison 10/25
Shirley Sweeting 10/27
Stanley Kuzmech 10/28
Mary Simmons  10/28
Jan Malpass 10/29
Angela Richardson 10/30

(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 October Anniversaries

Walter & Joanna Schmida 10/17, Tony & Barbara Tirman-Marcussen 10/25 
From Bruce Hagemann About the T.R.U.E. Fund

It is that time again, the first of the month, TRUE Fund Sunday. During this time of financial hardship, the TRUE fund has been able to help many individuals from the Key West.

The TRUE Fund has helped many individuals with rental assistance. This “short gap” assistance is an important bridge until they are able to find a more long- term solution to their housing needs.

On October 1, the PSP government payroll assistance program will come to an end to many businesses in Key West. If you are able to contribute to the TRUE Fund this Sunday, it will be greatly appreciated.

[Editor's note: to contribute to the TRUE Fund (Toward Relief for Unexpected Emergencies) either send a check to the church office (see above) or use our giving page. Please note on the memo line of the check or in the message part of your online contribution that the gift is for the TRUE fund.

This is St. Paul's major outreach to our community. According to our Treasurer, Dave Eyer, The TRUE Fund expended $13,154.98 this year. Continuing at that rate , expenditures will be about $20,000 for 2020, provided funds are available. TRUE Fund contributions are in addition to regular support for the parish. So please maintain your vital regular support as well.]
Reminders
Sunday school is canceled during the virus emergency.
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These communications are currently edited by Senior Warden Ray Warren. Send questions and comments to the editor here.