October 29, 2020
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

This Week's News Highlights

Our service this week

Please Note That Our Sunday Service time has changed to 8:30 AM. for the foreseeable future. In addition to live services for a limited number of participants, Facebook Live broadcasts of the service will continue.
Fr. Haughton returns this Sunday.

Father Haughton will return as our celebrant this Sunday. We are grateful to him for being with us and give thanks for his safe return from Jamaica.

News about the parish profile

Bishop Eaton met with the search committee (via Zoom) this past week. There are still some tweaks to the parish profile to be made, but the committee is working hard on it and we hope to have approval (and move forward with the search process) soon.

Procedures to reserve your space at services

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.

To allow for a proper count, and to allow volunteers to prepare for your attendance, please complete your reservation by 2 PM 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. Please note that this is "fall back" weekend when daylight savings time ends. Be sure to set your clock back on Saturday night, enjoy an extra hour of sleep and join at the 8:30AM standard time for our service.

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. Here is a list of those for whom we have been asked to pray on this holy All Saints Day Sunday.

Junior Warden's Report
By Greta Philips-Ford
We have been blessed with an individual who did volunteer work for the parish recently named Isabel Huete. His regular job is maintenance at the one of the iconic resort properties on the island where he does variety of tasks on the property. 

He has completed many tasks on campus skillfully and has been a great help to Ken on the re-plastering job (see photo below) ; fixing the broken pipe in the irrigation system; and pressure washing the brick pathways.

This past week the volunteer group worked on the irrigation/lighting systems with Ken and Isabel. Ken was able to get it partially functioning, but it appears that we need a new system. The cost will be around $3,500.00 for anyone who would like to donate this item for the gardens. The group is also working on a sensory garden where the date palm stood.

Since the rain has stopped, JoJo’s Painting was able to complete the painting of the Parish Hall Roof. It looks wonderful and should give us another 3-5 years before we must replace the roof!

We can no longer wait for the kind of formal capital campaign we had hoped to launch to address some of our capital needs. There are some items that need immediate attention. So, we are asking those who can to contribute toward these priority projects.
Funds are still needed for the Sanctuary Roof - $25,000; South Tower (the one where the cloister bathroom is located) - $30,000; baseboard around Holy Innocents Hall - $4,500; and the Historic Rectory kitchen foundation - $50,000. The prices listed above are estimates for the projects. 

If you are interested in helping to save and preserve our historic landmark and spiritual home, please send funds with notation in the memo line or email indicating it is for the restoration capital campaign. If you wish to specifically pick one of the projects, please note whichever project you wish to support. Funds donated for these important capital projects will not be used for everyday operating expenses.

In the meantime, thank you! Thank you to the volunteers who have painted, scraped, dug, planted, donated funds and used their many carpentry/plumbing/electrical skills for the benefit of our spiritual community.

This Saturday’s project for the Volunteer group will be planting and weed pulling in the gardens! All are welcome to help! Please join us at the church at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday!

(Photo above. Ken Bagge stands in front of the base coat for temporary repairs to the south tower [cloister tower]. The blue base will be covered with fresh plaster material.)
Senior Warden Notes
Ray Warren
I wish every week did not involve talking about Covid-19, but it is a reality of our time. Considering that, we may have to rethink our response to infection trends.

As the chart shows below shows, cases rose steadily throughout October. That trend appeared to have leveled off in the last week but today brought news of 40 new cases (a daily high in recent months).

Why the increase? Many locals take vacations in September and some business close for several weeks. But October marks the return of seasonal residents and a rise in visitors. There are likely up to 30% more people in the Keys now than at the end of last month.
In addition, the governor essentially voided the local mask ordinance and restrictions on restaurant and bar capacity, and school began. Those factors played a role. But the trend is clear. So, we must ask, what does this mean?

Perhaps it makes more sense to ask which kind of establishments contribute to the infection rate and which ones do not. And, more importantly, is a venue like St. Paul’s a meaningful contributor to risk?

Imagine that 40 local residents went to a bar, sat cheek and jowl without masks and talked loudly for several hours. Now imagine that another cohort of local residents attended the 55 minute service at St. Paul’s - where everyone is seated 6 to 10 feet apart, masks are required and no touching of others (outside of household members) is allowed.

One week later, is there any reasonable expectation that the same number of people will be infected in each venue?
If some venues choose to ignore scientific evidence and common sense, does it make sense to close the places observing best practices? More importantly, will it make any difference in the infection rate?

Should what irresponsible bar and business owners do control our destiny? It is a new way of thinking, but one that may be worthwhile as we head into a difficult winter season.

I'm cribbing from some famous person, but I can't find the reference to offer proper credit. (If somebody knows let me know.) But my thoughts (to paraphrase that famous person) are along these lines:

"Some of my friends are Republicans. Some are Democrats. I stand with my friends."

My own ballot was marked with votes for people from both major parties. But I know this is rare. And, indeed, I voted strongly and enthusiastically mostly for one party. I'm not neutral.

But this is the reality. On November 4, and every day after we will still live in the same country, still worship in the same church and still strive to be Key West strong. We may not understand how in the world our neighbors can vote the other way. But we have to love, respect and live together.

Please vote, but please remember that after the vote we are one country, one island and one human family.
We continue to be distressed by reports that some people are not receiving these newsletters. In this Covid-19 age virtual communication is vital.

A few points. First there is no automatic sign-up. The email list requires on to sign up on the church website. This dates from the time when we had regular services (with announcements and a bulletin most people would see) and an email was not the primary way to convey information. (We are trying to add people proactively who we know are active in the parish now.)

Second, some who are on our mailing list already are not seeing this newsletter in their inbox. This is primarily an issue because certain providers (Hotmail, Gmail, AOL, ETC.) are classifying church emails as "spam" or "junk mail". This is frustrating because if we are not reaching people, we can't warn them to look in their spam folder. Please help us if you hear of somebody who is not getting the email. Please tell them to look in their spam or junk folders. And please ask them to email us to check their subscription status.

But, and this is important, please tell anyone wanting to read the Epistle that issues are posted on our website every week.
Jim McCloud, a former resident who still (thanks be to God) manages our website, posts the Epistle on each Friday. To read the Epistle (including past issues) follow these steps. Go to the church webpage. Click on the box denoted "Our Newsletter". (See above).
Once on the next page, click on the box for "Back Issues". The current and past issues of the Epistle can be found there. If somebody is not getting our emails, please direct them to the webpage to view the newsletter and ask them to write the editor so we can check on their subscription status.

Music Fans Rejoice!
Tune in Thursday

Our music director and organist, Tim Peterson, starts a new monthly organ series starting Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 12 noon on Facebook Live. (Note that this is live only once a month, not once a week, so be sure to tune in on Thursday for the live experience - though you can always watch it after the fact.)

"From the Organ, November Edition", will include Tim and two guests to the organ console. Tom Bond, who is a member at St Paul's, and John Penkoske, organist at Grace Lutheran Church and Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church will be featured. We will have a few hymns for you to sing along with as well. We hope to see you on Thursday on Facebook. (To view the program live, go to the church Facebook Page at noon on Thursday and click on the link when the "live" program begins.)

Remember, you can find prior recordings of Tim’s 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 Lisa Laskow, Mary Simmons, Samantha Hall, Sarah Hall, Tim Peterson 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

Brittany (Sherri Hodies’ daughter)
Beth and Jon Peterson (Tim Peterson's sister-in-law and brother)
Mickey Malgrat

We pray for the departed and their loved ones:

Genevieve Sylvis and Ena Haughton.

"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 November birthdays

Jane Burchett 11/04
Mike Benfield 11/05
Ashley Cyrillien 11/06
Brian Howard 11/13
Charles Hammond, Jr. 11/14
Michelle Garcia 11/15
Nathaniel Harris 11/16
India Hall 11/18
Lorilee McDaniel 11/18
Jeff Hillard 11/19
Wally Senney 11/21
Lilla Whiteside 11/23
Manuel Acevedo 11/26
Shirley Albury 11/26
Joan Sammy 11/26
Sandra Highsmith 11/27
Sheri Sampson 11/27
Kristy Smith Callaway 11/30

(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 November Anniversaries

Ronald & Sabrina Acevedo 11/01
Harvey & PK Lynch 11/08
Tim Peterson and Brian Wagstaff 11/09
Billy & Pamela Albury 11/17
Kip Colligan and Tiffany Hendry 11/22
Laurence & Alona Marius, Sr. 11/29
Lilla & Mark Whiteside 11/30
Dave Eyer is conducting research. His history column will return.
Sunday school is canceled during the virus emergency.
Back issues of The Epistle available here.

These communications are currently edited by Senior Warden Ray Warren. Send questions and comments to the editor here.