Indoor Worship and Holy Communion

Holy Communion will be offered at both services this week.
Seating is available on a first come first serve basis.

If you attend in-person, please note:
Masks are required indoors - please wear the mask over your mouth and nose. 
The service will be about 45 minutes.
After the service, feel free to stick around outside and welcome those you have not seen in a while.  

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. 

All Angels' 10 am service will begin with the lighting of the altar candles. If you are participating at home, you are invited to light a candle with us to create a sacred space of worship at home. 

The bulletin can be found on the All Angels Website: AllAngelsLBK.org
or at the following link: Bulletin for Sunday, November 1
Flower Guild News

Announcing the return of live flowers for the Christmas season. Red poinsettia and live Christmas flowers will come again to All Angels.
As you know we had to suspend flower memorials before Easter, but for the Christmas holiday we will once again be asking you for your special offering which will be published as a special insert in the bulletin.
You will be receiving an email or letter shortly with an explanation about how you can give for flowers, music, or a special Christmas offering and to whom you wish to remember or give thanks. Look for a special edition of the Tidings as well. These special times require special ways to communicate as in person is now not always possible. So by letter, email, or electronically look for information so we can celebrate Christmas through flowers and music.
Veteran's Day Event

The Rotary of LBK is hosting a pandemic- sensitive “drive-by” veteran recognition on Veteran’s Day, November 11, at 1100 in front of Temple Beth Israel. And, the Rotary is conducting a fundraising campaign in support of these three local non-profits who help veterans: Turning Points Yellow Ribbon Project, the Fisher House Foundation, and SRQ Vets. There is a matching gift up to $10,000. To join the “Support those who Served” campaign visit the Rotary’s website, www.longboatkeyrotary.org, or send a check to Rotary LBK Charitable Fund, P.O. Box 8351, Longboat Key, FL 34228.  
November Birthdays

1 Mike Resanovich
4 Elenor Maxheim
7 Brooke Dixon
7 Kim Bradshaw
8 C.J. Nager
13 Mary Ortiz
14 B.J. Bishop
14 Jack Denison
14 Cathie Wilt
16 Brian Rushton
17 Marge Stapleton
20 Christi Marshall
21 Beverly Sinclair
November Anniversaries

5 Bob & June Granger
25 Don & Lou Getz
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:
Discussion Group Readings

Thanks for another very interesting week of discussions. One of our discussion members shared this video with us about happiness.

As it turned out, I wrote about happiness in my reflection for this week. The sermon this coming Sunday will most likely focus on the Epistle reading from John's 1st letter about being God's children. Little did I recognize that the Gospel lesson for this Sunday features Jesus' words that begin with, "Happy are they who..." Synchronicity is all I can say.  
Attached is the reading for next week. From the WSJ, the article is about hope - why it is important for mental health, how to shape it, and increase it. 
Blessings to you,
- Dave

Here is the website address for the discussion group: 

Book Study

On Wednesdays at 10 am, we will be studying the book

The weekly class will be available on Zoom:

The video of the sixth class can be found below:
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. 
Prayers for our People

Bring your glory especially: Downs IV, Holden, Heidi, Cynthia, Nikolai, Jean and Brian. Grant healing and recovery for all who have gone through surgery especially Jim and Brandon. Give peace and strength for those going through cancer treatments, especially John, Victoria, Andres, Ginny, Alex, Colleen and Jack. Visit and comfort all who are under the care of skilled nursing, especially Bob, Ruth, Timothy, Don, Barbara and Mike. Be near to all who are in hospice care.
 
Jack Denison has entered into Hospice care. Please hold Jack and his family in your prayers for peace and comfort. 
Thank You

To our diocesan convention delegates —
Joan Sherry, Scott Wuesthoff, and Bob Erker.
Gallery Artist

The artist for November is Linda Loen. Please stop by and enjoy the work of this talented artist.  

All checks should be written to "All Angels by the Sea."

All previous services, discussion group readings and Bible study classes may be found on our website:
Reflection
Lift a Cup

The theme of the discussion groups this week was happiness. The article we discussed was written by Arthur Brooks, a Harvard Business School professor, who opined that when it comes to happiness, we are measuring the wrong indicators. Typically, American household happiness is measured by how large our houses are, which have increased by 1,000 feet since the early 1970’s; disposable income in relation to how often we eat out; available and use of technology – over the past two decades the availability and use of the internet has increased from 52% of households to 90%. Yet, the General Social Society, which has been measuring social trends among Americans since 1972, shows a long-term, gradual decline in happiness – and a rise in unhappiness – from 1988 to the present. Apparently we are measuring the wrong indicators.

What is happiness to you? How would you define it? The cynic in me says that if we shrank the average size of homes, removed the internet, and ate out less, our happiness would not increase. So, what then is happiness? Is it even measurable?

Water generally makes me happy. Drinking water, boating, swimming, ice in my drink; I like water. After watching Hurricane Zeta, and the other hurricanes this year, slam into the north Gulf Coast, too much water can bring lots of unhappiness. Does happiness come down to balance? No internet would generally make me unhappy. Too much internet time would probably make me unhappy too. Probably. St. Benedict and his rule of life would say that struggle is a part of happiness. We need to labor at something, to work and struggle at something, to find happiness. Although this might blend satisfaction with happiness, there certainly is an element of struggle and balance when defining happiness.

Many find happiness in golf. At the same time, golf is a struggle. Others find happiness in tennis, which, at the same time, is a struggle. Working on a puzzle brings happiness to others but there has to be a balance – it cannot be too easy nor to difficult. The same applies to crossword puzzles and reading a good book.

The happiest moments captured in the Gospel for Jesus is when someone answered a question correctly, when he was blessing children, and, frankly, when wine was involved. Jesus gave great praise, and seemed to have a smile on his face, when wisdom was hidden from the intellectual in society but when children knew the answer. I can see the smile on his face when he said, “Let the children come to me because to these has been given the Kingdom of Heaven.” When his mother, Mary, approached Jesus at a wedding they were attending in Cana, and said, “Son, do that thing you do.” I can see Jesus smiling when he said to the servants, “Fill every pot and bucket you have with water and watch what happens.” I also think that Jesus finds happiness in surprising people. His post-resurrection appearance in the locked room, the two disciples who didn’t recognize him until he sat at a table and broke bread in front of them (and then subsequently immediately disappeared), and on the shoreline calling out to the disciples, “You haven’t caught and fish, have you.” I think he was happy in each case of surprise.

During none of these happy times was Jesus indoors, on the internet, or eating take-out food. Instead, he was involved in connections with others – through conversation and wine. Maybe he was reminding us to find happiness with each other when he lifted up the cup and said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” I think that means that we can find happiness indoors, on the internet, and ordering take-out food if we are doing it in connection with God and others. Even if that cup is on the golf course.

-Fr. Dave