The A-Blast of News and Events from the
Church of the Annunciation
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 2, 2021


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Note: At the beginning of the pandemic, we started linking information about accessing our liturgies online at the top of the Annunciator, in addition to the general information for the week that we placed at the end of this email. Beginning today, you will find this information consolidated at the end. This week's article includes new information on how to access the livestream.
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A butte in Arches National Park in Utah known as "The Organ."
Photo by the Rev. Matthew Grunfeld
From the Rector:
Livestreaming Update

Dear People of Annunciation,

It had a wonderful week exploring many of the National Parks and Monuments of the Four Corners region.  As one who grew up among the heavy humidity and dense trees of Georgia, the vistas of the American West always come as a surprise.  The diversity of God’s creation is truly inspiring and breathtaking.  The documentary filmmaker Ken Burns was right when he dubbed our National Parks as America’s Best Idea.  After driving a poorly-maintained Interstate 17 from Flagstaff to Phoenix in the dark, where one descends a mile in elevation over about 115 miles, I am glad to be home in Florida again!

Now that I have returned, I am working on more fully transitioning us to the Boxcast livestream platform that I set up before I left.  As a benefit of our Boxcast membership, we received an external microphone that seems to have improved our sound quality in tests I have conducted, as well as this Thursday’s Midweek Eucharist.

There are also now two ways you can access the livestream of our liturgy.  I have set up Boxcast to post a copy of our livestream to Facebook, so you can continue to access our liturgies through that platform as you have over the past year.  Several of you have used the “share” function of Facebook to share our services with your friends on social media, which is a wonderful and easy method of digital evangelism.

There is now an additional way you can access the livestream, which is through the Boxcast site itself.  This is a great option if you are not a Facebook member and do not want the hassle of defeating Facebook’s attempts to sign you up when you just want to watch the service without a hassle.  You can go to our Boxcast page through this website https://boxcast.tv/channel/j6jjjntnn5oo6l4mvvbu (you might just want to copy and bookmark this web address for future use).  If you are unable to watch us live, the Boxcast page will contain archives of our services for up to 90 days. The information regarding our Livestreams will now be posted at the end of the Annunciator, along with the information about our weekly liturgies.

It is wonderful to see more of you in person as you are getting vaccinated.  While there are many benefits of continuing to livestream our services, I hope it does not serve as a deterrent to physically coming to church as it is becoming more safe to do so.  Christianity is not a solitary experience but one to be lived in community.  If we have not seen you among us since the beginning of the pandemic, I hope we will soon.

Blessings,
Matthew+
Updated Prayer List
It has been over a year since we have refreshed our prayer list, and it is becoming lengthy. So it's now time to start anew. Please contact the church office, by email, phone or just a note and let us know who you would like to be placed on the prayer list, including those who might currently be on it. We will start using the updated list starting Sunday, May 9th.
The Florida Department of Health has updated the Vaccination Screening and Consent Form being used at state-run vaccination sites. The current edition of the form is available on the information table of Lowe Hall.
2021 Bishop's Appeal
The Bishop's Appeal is a diocesan-wide effort that supports two funds, one for outreach programs in Southwest Florida and a second for the camp and conference center DaySpring Episcopal Center.

Episcopal Charities is the funding support organization for parish-based community outreach and special needs ministries. The DaySpring Endowment Fund enhances DaySpring for future generations by supporting essential maintenance.

Zoom Coffee Hour
Join us for our virtual coffee hour and check-in on Zoom on Sundays at 1:05 p.m.

Call the Church Office for ID and Passcode.
Zoom via Telephone
The best way to join a Zoom meeting is with a computer with a web-camera, smartphone, or tablet. This will allow you to see and hear everyone in the meeting. You can also join audio-only via telephone. (If you are having problems with your computer audio, you can login with your computer for video and dial-in for audio). Here are phone numbers to join via telephone:

United States: +1 301 715 8592
Canada:   +1 647 374 4685

Once you have dialed in, you will be asked to key in the Meeting ID and Password.
THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Sunday, May 2, 2021

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PDF Copy of the bulletin for Sunday, May 2, click here.

Holy Eucharist for the Fifth Sunday of Easter in Lowe Hall at 8:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist for the Fifth Sunday of Easter from the Nave (live-streamed) at 9:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist for the Fifth Sunday of Easter at the Memorial Garden altar at 10:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Midweek Eucharist from the Nave (live-streamed) at 9:30 a.m.

If you are not regularly attending church in person and would like to do so, please call the church office at 941-778-1638 or send an email.