Indoor Worship and Holy Communion

Holy Communion will be available at All Angels this Sunday. 
The last time we had communion, it was March 29th. There will be a lot of differences, however, so please watch this video to see how it will be administered to keep everyone safe.
The summary is this - we will receive bread only, at the end of the service, outside by the angel fountain.
Holy Communion will be available at both the 7:45 am and 9:15 service. 
Like last week, you do not need to register in advance for the service, but it is first come first serve. 

If you attend in-person worship , please note:

  • Masks/mouth coverings are required indoors. 
  • The service will be about 45 minutes. 
  • At this time there is no coffee hour afterwards. 

Drive-in Church - drive up, tune your radio to 107.5 FM
Walk-up Church - bring a chair/bike/beach blanket, stay six feet from your neighbor in our garden and grassy area, and listen to the service live.
Live-stream - go to AllAngelsLBK.org, click on the listen live button, and you will be routed to our YouTube channel. 
Zoom - go to  https://zoom.us/j/5955701807 and watch and listen live. Be sure to stick around after the service for our coffee hour chat-with-your-neighbor time. 

The bulletin can be found on the All Angels Website: AllAngelsLBK.org
or at the following link: Bulletin for Sunday, July 26
ECW News
After months of no news from ECW, I am pleased to tell you that we have sent another installment of $1000 to Our Little Roses in Honduras. As you recall we set aside $2500 as a result of our fundraising efforts and your generous contributions. Because of the pandemic and unrest in Honduras we sent $1000 in the spring. It got there and was much needed. I found out that there was a dollar for dollar match if monies could be received by July 15. We met the deadline and your $1000 became $2000.
If you would like to see what your contribution is doing to help these girls go to Our Little Roses Foreign Mission Society: ourlittleroses.org

Gail Clay
Gift from a Parishioner

Recently, All Angels received a $2,000 gift from a parishioner to be used for meals for children during these difficult times. The Outreach Commission elected to provide $1,000 to Children First and $1,000 to Meals on Wheels of Manatee County with a request that these gifts were to be used for meals for children.
Online Giving
All Angels now has an electronic offertory plate! You can find the online giving link on our All Angels website by clicking the link below:
Men's and Women's Discussion Groups
The Men's and Women's Discussion Groups are now
on-line. If you are interested in joining, please email
Centering Prayer
 Centering Prayer invites you to pray with them, every day,
at 8 am, wherever you are. When you enter into prayer at 8 am (Eastern), you will know that others are praying at the same time. 
Thank You of the Week
Many thanks to Rev. Maggie who is leading us in prayers during this tumultuous time in our country.
Her patience, humility, and great faith helps all of us lift our hearts and our concerns and praises to God.  

Prayers for our People

We pray for the sick, injured, and dying; for the troubled, confused, lonely, or despairing; and for everyone who struggles with the tribulations of this life.
We pray for Downs IV, Holden, Heidi and Cynthia.
We pray for healing and recovery for Pearl, Susan, and Tom.
We pray for those going through cancer treatments, especially John, Victoria, Andres and Ginny. We pray for all who are under the care of skilled nursing, especially Bob, Ruth, Timothy, Don and Barbara.
We pray for all who are in hospice care, especially Ward.
We pray that the Holy Spirit comfort those who cannot visit their loved ones, and for those who cannot be visited, and we pray that the wisdom and love of the Holy Spirit descend upon those who care for the sick.
 
All previous services, discussion group readings and Bible study classes may be found on our website:
Reflection
Call me Al

They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. For clergy, it’s both what and who you know. Experience matters a lot in my vocation; so does knowing people who have been-there/done-that and are willing to share their experiences. As such, I am proud and thankful that I know The Rev. Dr. Al Stott. 

Tall, barrel chested and handsome, I met Al in 2012 when I started at Saint John’s in Chula Vista. The church and school had gone through tremendous upheaval. Sunday services were lovingly held together by its two retired pastors, known affectionately as the Jack and Al show. Fr. Jack Tolley is a retired Episcopal priest from the San Francisco bay area and Al is a retired Lutheran pastor. Jack and I went to the same seminary and have many things in common. Al, however, is different because, as mentioned, he is a Lutheran pastor who helped save an Episcopal church. But, there is more to it than that. In addition to being a reverend, a professor, and a counsellor, he retired at the rank of captain in the Navy. A Vietnam combat veteran, he, as legend has it, singlehandedly changed the protocol for chaplains in the conflict to be allowed to wear a sidearm. As the story goes, traveling between bases in Vietnam, a roadside bomb flipped his Jeep. He and his driver survived but had one weapon between the two of them and found themselves pinned down under fire until, as he said, “the Calvary arrived to save this sailor and his frightened Army driver.” After the Navy, Al started a counselling service in Japan – in a culture that, at the time, thought very little about talk therapy. And, last but not least, he likes muscle cars and has owned multiple vehicles for most of his life. 

Prior to meeting him, I had heard of his background and his various titles. When we first sat down together, I asked him what I should call him. He thought about it and replied, “You should call me… when you need to talk; I’d like to be a pastor to you, someone to listen and occasionally offer advice, but, most of all, I’d like to be your friend.” And then he said with a smile, “Call me Al.” He was each one of those people to me – a pastor, a friend, and someone who gave me great advice. 

I was with him when he went through heart surgery and when he celebrated 50 years in ministry. We would have lunch just about every month. He always ordered an open face steak sandwich, rare – very rare; barely warm, as he would call it. And, this is not an exaggeration, he’d go through nearly an entire lemon in wedges with his iced tea. Every year he would invite the men’s group to his house for Octoberfest which always featured plenty of meat, beer, desserts and the occasional vegetable. He could robustly sing in German, tell jokes, and, listen with a well-trained ear to hear the whisper of God in depths of a saddened and battle-weary soul. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was told that he had a very bad case of pneumonia, non-Covid related, and was on a ventilator. Last night, he passed into glory. There are not many people like Al in this world and I am very glad that I got to have him in my life. The last thing he said to me is that God grant me fair winds and following seas. And now, with tears in my eyes, I say to him, Bravo Zulu sailor, Bravo Zulu.
 
- Fr. Dave