A WORD FROM THE RECTOR
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, 

I would like to thank those who worked to make our Annual Parish meeting go smoothly, especially Andy Quintana and his team of excellent cooks. The food was great, as usual. Also, thank you to Linda Kaip, who arranged for some plumbers to come on a Sunday morning, when our bathrooms were not working, due to work that the city was doing down the street! At the meeting, the following were elected to serve on our Vestry (Board): Ben Bass, Julia Beauchamp, Susie Schneider, Maggy Smith, and Tom Beeman. I gave my report as a sermon during our two Sunday services, which you may find here . Finally, here is a corrected budget for 2019. We had put all the salaries together, which did not reflect how much money is spent on each ministry. Thank you to all who came and participated!

The Women's Retreat is this coming weekend! You may register online or in the Welcome Center. This is an opportunity to connect with other women in fellowship, worship and teaching. We hope that you will be able to attend!

David Crowder, who is an active member of our church and a reporter for the El Paso, Inc., wrote an article about our Refugee Ministry. Unfortunately, there were a couple of things that were probably based on miscommunication. When I told him that I had "warmed" to the ministry, I meant that I had done so when we were first evaluating the ministry over two years ago, after the vestry heard the details about it. Once I understood that we were providing help to those (mostly women and children) who: 1) had applied for asylum; 2) had been detained and granted temporary legal status; 3) were on their way to sponsors; 4) that we would have the opportunity to share Christ with them; 5) and that the ministry would bear its own costs, I have supported the ministry. Also, those who organized the ministry did make a presentation to the vestry on two occasions, and after prayer, it was approved unanimously. 

In the last week or so, our nation has become aware of legislation in Maine, and proposed legislation in other states, legalizing abortion in the third trimester, and some even authorizing refraining from medical care after a child has been born. Our Archbishop, Foley Beach, addressed this subject in a recent letter to all our churches. You may find it here . Abortion is a tragedy for both the children that are killed in their mothers' wombs, and for mothers (and fathers) who somehow are deceived into thinking that their unborn children are not made in the image of God, and may therefore be discarded. There are serious physical, psychological and spiritual consequences for those who have had abortions, including increased rates of depression, addiction, and suicide. Many only find relief from overwhelming guilt through confession, prayer and counseling. Please pray for women who have had abortions, for their healing, as well as for our nation, as we are faced with the challenge of a secular culture's ever increasing devaluing of human life. 

In His Mercy, 
 
Bill Cobb+
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6

 8:30 AM
WOMEN'S WEDNESDAY
BIBLE STUDY

 9:00 AM
ENGLISH SPEAKING CENTER

 CENTRAL:
February 6, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.
at David & Jen Kaufmann's
2611 Altura. Please RSVP
to jenkaufmann@gmail.com
Childcare at St Clements

6:00 PM
YOUTH GROUP
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7


12:00PM
PRAISE BAND


7:30 PM
CHOIR PRACTICE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9



5:00 PM
WORSHIP SERVICE
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10


8:30 AM
TRADITIONAL
SERVICE


10:45 AM
CONTEMPORARY SERVICE

10:45 AM
REY DE PAZ
SPANISH SERVICE
12:15 PM
YOUTH LUNCH
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11
9:00 AM
ENGLISH SPEAKING CENTER
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12


 11:00 AM
PRAYER AND FASTING
VESTRY PRAYER
5:30 PM
IN THE
MAYFIELD ROOM


 6:00 PM
PRAISE BAND
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
& UPCOMING EVENTS