Apalachicola, Florida
June 11, 2021
Notes & News From Your Rector
Last week a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM) distributed the Bread while I wiped down the communion rail between each group of recipients that received the Body of Christ. I was asked about this by more than a few and once again I’d like to explain this action.
 
First, we are all servants of the same Lord; and second, LEM’s are permitted, by the canons of the church, to distribute the Sacrament in both kinds. Also, since the LEM’s have not been able to perform their ministry for 15 months, I wish to allow them to exercise their ministry. Secondly, in keeping with the spirit of Maundy Thursday wherein our Lord instituted the Holy Eucharist and demonstrated servant leadership (see below), I wish to demonstrate to all who are participating in worship, the example of our Lord.
 
From the Book of Occasional Services:

“Fellow servants of our Lord Jesus Christ: On the night before his death,
Jesus set an example for his disciples by washing their feet, an act of
humble service. He taught that strength and growth in the life of the
Kingdom of God come not by power, authority, or even miracle, but
by such lowly service.

Therefore, I invite you who share in the royal priesthood of Christ, to
come forward, that we may recall whose servant we are by following
the example of our Master. Come remembering his admonition that what
will be done for us is also to be done by us to others, for “a servant is
not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one
who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

Since we have been mask-less, some parishioners have contracted an upper respiratory infection either from being around town or from their children or grandchildren (they are all just petri dishes); therefore, as a service to you and our Lord, I will continue to wipe down the altar rail during the reception of communion and have the larger surfaces of the church cleaned after we worship.
 
Returning to normal… whatever that may be.
On July 4, we will return to worshiping on Sundays indoors, with music, acolytes, LEM’s, etc. The Vestry will give me their advice on Monday (June 14, Flag Day) as to their preference for the worship times and I will tell them of how the parish questionnaire was answered. After the Vestry meeting, you will receive a special email as to what has been decided and an outline of what our new normal will look like.

With that being said, until the Bishop allows us to receive the Wine, we will not distribute it. This does not mean however that LEM’s, acolytes, choir, etc. are not needed. As we ramp up, we will need persons to assist in the worship service and to host a limited coffee hour after our late Sunday service. It is my hope that each of you will remember the words of Paul who calls every member of the Church to use their gifts for the building up of ministry.
 
Monday School returns on Monday, July 12 at 10 am in the conference room. Thanks to the gift of a television, we will be viewing and discussing the series, "The Chosen". No reading, just an open mind and discerning heart required. From Rotten Tomatoes reviews, “The Chosen is must-see, even if you're not into Christian or historical programming or particularly religious. It's an extraordinarily created piece and a labor of love in motion.”

Eric+
Readings for June 13, 2021, the Third Sunday after Pentecost
Readings for June 20, 2021, the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
AROUND THE CHURCH
Myra Ponder Memorial Service
A Memorial Service & Eucharist will be held for Myra Ponder on Friday, June 25 at 10 am at Trinity. A reception will follow in Benedict Hall. The Rev. Martha Harris will conduct the Liturgy of the Word and The Rev. Eric Zile will celebrate the Eucharist. Although Myra died on May 25, 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic precluded a memorial gathering of her family and friends at that time. Please join in the celebration of Myra's remarkable life on June 25.
Who is Ready to Return to Coffee Hour?
As we make small steps toward returning to our in-person community life at Trinity, it will be helpful to look ahead and make some decisions about our traditional coffee hour. As soon as the Vestry approves a new policy regarding face coverings, we might want to return in some way to enjoying fellowship after the Sunday morning service. If one person would step forward and then gather a group to form a committee, we can make decisions on how our “new normal” might be, at least during the rest of the summer. 

If you would like to explore the possibility of assuming a leadership role in this important ministry, please send an email to info@trinityapalachicola.org; email/call Carole Brazsky at carolebrazsky1069@gmail.com) or 850-899-1969; or, call Joy Tracy at 229 881-2610 . Carole and Joy will be happy to note your suggestions as well as take names of those who are interested in helping to reinstate this popular Trinity tradition.
The Trinity Vestry will hold its monthly meeting on
Monday, June 14 at 5 pm in Benedict Hall.
Married during the pandemic last year, Rick & Martha Watson recently celebrated their wedding with a community Fiesta at El Jallisco.
Ralph Wagoner celebrated his 83rd birthday with Susie & Amanda Wagoner, life-long friend Butch Fell, & Kathy Rushmore.
Kirk Hadaway & his granddaughter Michaela enjoyed a post-pandemic visit the Nashville Zoo on Memorial Day.
Faye & Brooks Jones Win Art Show Awards
“A Feast for the Eyes — The Art of the Table”, the current show at The Joe Center for the Arts in Port St. Joe runs through June 18. Trinity’s own Brooks and Faye Jones won awards for their oil paintings. Faye’s painting, “Natural Light,” won 2nd Place and People’s Choice; Brooks’ painting, “Tequila Mockingbird” won an Honorable Mention.
   
The second exhibit on display consists of 12 panels from Tim Gagnon. As a Theologian and Artist, Gagnon has intertwined Art & Theology to create accurate portraits that explain the nature of angels and their purpose as referenced directly from Judeo-Christian scripture.

On June 11 from 6-7:30 pm, Mr. Gagnon will talk about the inspiration, creation, and implementation of his work at The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Ave. in downtown Port St. Joe.
"Natural Light"
by Faye Jones
Second Place & Peoples Choice
"Tequila Mockingbird"
by Brooks Jones
Honorable Mention
Willis Barnum Coker McCarty
1930 - 2021
The Rev. Willis Barnum Coker McCarty, a Priest who served Trinity from 1956 to 1959, died recently. He was born in Jacksonville, FL in 1930, and earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of the South, and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by the university in 1997. Rev. McCarty served in several parishes in Florida before being called to St. Mark’s in Jacksonville in 1971, where he served until his retirement in 1995. (Rev. McCarty Obituary)
 
While at Trinity he performed the marriage ceremony of Dorothy (Dot) Green Porter to Wallace Hill on October 13, 1957.
OUR GREATER COMMUNITY
LAY MINISTRY SCHEDULE
June 13, 2021:

First Lector & Psalm -- Dee Crusoe
Second Lector -- Paul McAbee
Prayers of the People -- Dee Crusoe

June 20, 2021:

First Lector & Psalm -- Rennie Edwards
Second Lector -- Patti McCarthy
Prayers of the People -- Susan Galloway
Services at 5 pm Saturday & 10 am Sunday, Eastern time

Church address: 79 6th Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Office address: 76 5th Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Mailing address: PO Box 667, Apalachicola, Florida 32329

Phone number: (850) 653-9550