The Story of a Saint
Greetings!

Many thanks to everyone who showed up for our first gathering for the Story of a Saint! I know I enjoyed learning more about Queen Liliuokalani, and it was wonderful to hear the experiences people shared about the connections between her story and our communal life here at St. Gregory's. Next week, we will continue the series with a focus on Fyodor Dostoievski.

The Story of a Saint is one way we are trying to encourage deeper connection to the physical space of our sanctuary, even as we can't all get back together on Sunday mornings. For adults and youth alike, we hope that we can find new ways of going even deeper with our sacred space while at a distance. If there is a saint displayed in our sanctuary that especially interests you, please let me know - I'm happy to take suggestions - and I'd love it if you feel like stepping up to lead by sharing a reading about your favorite saint!

Join us any Sunday at 4pm at this link (PW: Story) for the half-hour service. 

Peace,

Peter
This Week at St. Gregory's
This Sunday, August 9 - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
  • Online Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Join in the worship using Zoom. If you are asked for a password it's nyssa1978.
  • This week we will take a special offering for the work of Night Ministry. You can make your gift here.
  • Coffee hour will convene after the service as a time to be in community and fellowship with SGN friends. Stay in the zoom worship room to get connected.
  • Icon Painters Group is meeting Sundays at 2:00 via Zoom (PW: Painting). Contact Betsy Porter for more info.
Next Sunday, August 16 - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
  • Online Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Join in the worship using Zoom. If you are asked for a password it's nyssa1978.
  • Coffee Hour will follow the service. Stay in the zoom room to enjoy this time of community.
  • Icon Painters meets at 2:00 PM. See above.
Our Shared Life
  • This week we pray healing for Terry Johnson, and we give thanks for the recovery of Richard Anderson.
  • East Bay Evensong will meet online on Thursday, August 13th at 7PM. Please contact Leesy Taggart for more information.
  • The Contemplative Prayer Group meets weekly on Thursdays from noon to 12:45 on Zoom (password: Nyssa)
  • The lunchtime book study of "The Universal Christ" meets Wednesdays at noon in Paul's Zoom Room. No password needed.
  • The draft parish re-gathering plan document is available here.
  • Notice where you see God at work in the world, take pictures and share them - we'll post your photos in the newsletter.
Engaging with Membership
St Gregory’s Membership and Connection Committee is looking for great ideas and helpers! During this difficult, unprecedented time, how do we stay connected with each other? How do we start connections with people in our community who might want to join us in worship, who like us could use God’s reassurance, but they can’t walk in our doors? 

Our next meeting is Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 pm. Please reach out to Linda Hall for the link. If you have suggestions, or are able to assist and can’t attend, please reach out to Linda or Holly. Meeting attendance is optional. 

What have we done so far? We’ve been writing cards and emails to the relative newcomers to our church. To engage the community, we hosted the Community discussion with the Food Pantry which we advertised via Next Door. Come join us! Where will the Spirit lead us next?
Announcements from Friends and Partners

  • The Food Pantry continues as a neighborhood pop-up pantry. Pre-packed bags of food are distributed on Saturdays from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM or when all food has been given away.

  • AA will hold a Big Book Meeting at 10am Saturday via Webex or phone (1-650-215-5226) with access code 142 421 659

  • NA will hold online meetings during this time. Visit the SFNA website for a list of meeting times.
One Last Thing...

Family Connections Center (5016 Mission St) has been hosting online programs focusing on children and their caregivers, Latinex and Chinese family groups, and case management and family advocacy. For more information, visit their website or check out the August Schedule of Events.
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