Indoor Worship and Holy Communion
Holy Communion will be available at both the 7:45 am and 9:15 service. 
You do not need to register in advance for the service, but it is first come first serve. 
Recently, we filled each of the double seats. Bob, Ethan, and Dave have added four sets of double seats. Although this has increased our seating, we are within the diocesan guidelines because there is still six feet of separation and the number of people near the altar and in the choir section is less than we had originally planned. 

If you attend in-person worship, please note:

  • Masks 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, September 6
Service Time Change Coming
 
Starting September 13th, our service times will be 8 and 10 am. 
September Birthdays

5 Gail Clay
5 Bill Smith
5 Russ Callahan
9 Carolyne Starek
10 Barb MacLean
13 Claire Cooper
18 Christina Resanovich
21 Graham Toft
23 Beverly Henry
24 Daphne Walker
28 Elyse Rogers
September Anniversaries

24 John & Ann Williams
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
Discussion Group Readings

One thing we can say about the pandemic is that it is making us reimagine life. Many are seeking what is beneficial and important instead of material gains or societal status. This article from the Wall Street Journal asks the question, what makes for a good life? The editor asked subscribers what does a good life mean to them. It has been an interesting read to hear what others think. Both the article and the responses are included here.
If you are unable to be a part of the discussion this week, I'd like to hear from you. What makes a "good life" to you? Let me know if it is okay to share your response. 
May God bless you and our nation,
-Dave

Here is the website address for the discussion group: 

New Book Study Starting Soon

Starting Wednesday, September 23rd at 10 am, and running for six Wednesdays through October, we will be having a book study. The book is St. Benedict's Toolbox. In the sixth century when the Roman Empire was breaking apart and politics, cultural life and even the Church were in disarray ― tumultuous times not unlike our own ― Benedict of Nursia designed what he termed “a little rule” that showed people the way to peace as they learned to prefer Christ above all things. The Rule of Benedict offers timeless and practical tools for living this Christ-centered life today. 
Fr. Dave will take sections of the book and have us study what tool in Benedict's toolbox will help us in our faith life. To purchase the book, click here: St. Benedict's Toolbox
The narrow section we will cover each week will be available to you; but, to get the most out of the study, it is recommended that you have your own copy. 
A sample of our first class is available here. You will notice it has three tools. For the class, we will discuss tool #3. However, you are encouraged to review the other tools too. 
The weekly class will be available on Zoom. If you have any questions, please email or call Dave. 
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. 
Diocesan Questionnaire

The diocese asked for one person in each congregation to answer a set of questions and provide a photo. Here is the submission from All Angels. 

Thank You of the Week

Many thanks to Pam Toft for her work in completing the diocesan questionnaire about All Angels for the upcoming convention. 

Prayers for our People

On our prayer list is Andres who is undergoing cancer treatment. Here is his business website that details his battle with cancer and what he is doing now.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
Graciously answer the prayers of everyone who calls upon you for help, especially: Downs IV, Holden, Heidi, Cynthia and Brian.
Grant healing and recovery for all who have gone through surgery, especially Carlos, Virginia, Pearl, Susan and Tom.
Give peace and strength for those going through cancer treatments, especially John, Victoria, Andres, Ginny, Alex and Colleen.
Visit and comfort all who are under the care of skilled nursing, especially Bob, Ruth, Timothy, Don and Barbara.
Be near to all who are in hospice care, especially Ward. 

We pray for those who have died, especially for the repose of the soul for John
Williams’ brother, Victor. 
All previous services, discussion group readings and Bible study classes may be found on our website:
Reflection
Virtually Blessing Pets

I sat near the sidewalk along Bay Isles Road on October 3, 2019 and blessed pets as they walked by. Several folks stopped by to ask what in the world I was doing. “Blessing pets,” I’d reply. A volunteer at the Temple heard my answer and replied, “Why?” I explained, “The Episcopal Church blesses all sorts of things – cars, bikes, glasses, jewelry, relationships, businesses, churches, houses, driver’s licenses; really, anything you can think of we bless; so, why not pets?” In reality, we didn’t start it. St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was known to have great love for animals and the environment. Every year around the anniversary of his death, October 4th, it is traditional to bless animals as a reminder of the love that God has given us through these special creatures and, we take time to reflect on our roles of stewards of God’s creation. My question for this year is how are we to bless animals during a pandemic?

This past week, our discussion groups tackled the topic of uncertainty. One thing we are certain of is that uncertainty can be a catalyst of innovation and creativity. I was reminded of that fact when I found myself researching and then adjusting the bit rate of our main church camera from 5,280 bps to 2,500 to match YouTube’s new encoding and metadata protocol. For those watching YouTube on Sunday, you undoubted noticed that about halfway through the service the video paused/buffered. Unfortunately, the audio didn’t buffer which resulted in the audio signal being 40 seconds ahead of the video. It’s been fixed and I never imagined I’d know how to do it. For the other complications, we had a visit from our a/v installation company. Like a car tune-up, our system is now running better than before. During the pandemic, YouTube, Zoom, and every other company and church in the modern world has had to make adjustments. By comparison, in St. Francis’ life, he saw the invention of the blast furnace and wheelbarrow. Can you imagine a world without a wheelbarrow? My kids ask the same question about the internet.

Back to the question – how to bless pets during a pandemic – we believe that when two or three are gathered together in Christ’s name, he will be with us. I believe that gathering in Christ’s name can happen both in person and on-line. Fred and Diane in Maine and Linda in southern California are gathered in Christ’s name through All Angels and the help of the internet. Is Christ with them even if they are not gathered under one roof? I believe so. After all, God’s roof is much bigger than we can imagine. Likewise, with blessings of pets, do my hands need to touch each pet? Of course not. St. Francis blessed birds, yet he did not touch them. Were they blessed? I believe so because it’s God who does the blessing.

Here is what I am thinking about pet blessing:

  • Bring your pets, in person, Thursday October 1, from 2 to 3 pm in front of the bell tower.
  • Gather your pets on-line, Sunday October 4, at 10 am on either YouTube or Zoom.
  • Bring your pets in person to either Walk-up or Drive-in Church, Sunday, October 4, at the 10 service.

May God bless us as we strive to bring his love and mercy to those inside and outside the church. 

-Fr. Dave