Apalachicola, Florida.......................................................April 4, 2020
How do We Sing a Song
of the Lord in a foreign land?
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Psalm 137 asks, “How do we sing a song of the Lord in a foreign land?”

As captives of the Babylonians, the people of Israel were compelled to sing their songs as their captors were celebrating. Right now, we are being held captive by COVID-19 and I have wondered, how are we to sing our songs in this foreign land? It is difficult and we cannot be forced to do it; however, I think that singing brightens our point of view and enlivens our hearts.

Do you remember that the Gospel tells us that on the night that Christ was betrayed, he sang with his disciples? Do you recall that Paul and Silas sang at midnight while incarcerated in Philippi? And, If African Americans could sing while suffering the cruelties of the lash and the horrors of slavery, then why shouldn’t we, the faithful, sing in our current situation.

Every generation must remake those old songs and hymns their own. What does it now mean to read Psalm 137 (which was a song after all) now that we are in a foreign land? We can now feel this psalm in a deeply personal way. As we strive to celebrate what God has done through Christ, especially as we head toward Easter, let the poetry of the psalms and the promises of God and Christ come into our hearts so that we can once again feel like singing.

This week I was blessed to meet with Leslie McWilliams and others to see that they are making close to 1200 masks for our local hospice. Members of Trinity are sewing, donating fabric and material, and working diligently so that the hospice caregivers are protected. While taking photos of these masks at Holy Family, my heart sang and when I got home, I sang the Doxology. Even in this foreign land, there are times where God breaks through and reminds us of God's loving kindness. Praise God for all of you who donated your time, talent, and treasure to this ministry.

I will be celebrating the services of Holy Week and hopefully have them put online. The diocese has put out a resource of how to celebrate Holy Week at home . This Sunday I pray that those of you who have access to the internet, the hymnal, or a good memory will search these resources for the hymns “All Glory Laud and Honor”, “Ride on Ride on in Majesty”, and “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” and sing along. And then next Sunday, after you’ve had your coffee, sing out, Jesus Christ is Risen Today”, and then shout out with glee, “Alleluia, Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed!”

Let your emotions and new understandings of these hymns, psalms, and poems filter through your mind and heart and into your soul and give you a new understanding of what it means to be Resurrection People.

Wishing you a blessed Holy Week, I am Your Servant and His,
Readings for Sunday, April 5, 2020 , Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday
Readings for Sunday, April 12, 2020 , Easter Day
Threads of Grace from Pat Horn - The Sunday of the Passion, HOSANNA!
The Trinity Tradition of Palm Crosses
“Ride on! Ride on in Majesty" is the familiar processional for the Liturgy of the Palms. We Episcopalians love to shout Hosanna as we celebrate and remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem just a few days before he was crucified. This year we are unable to gather for this event but we can, nevertheless, celebrate with one another in spirit.

A meaningful tradition at Trinity is handmade palm crosses for Palm Sunday. Rennie Edwards and Gary Niblack will make them for us. The crosses will be disinfected and put in plastic bags by gloved hands. They will be in a box on the lower steps of the front of the church from 8 am to 11am on Sunday.

Also on the church steps will be a large glass container where you may drop in your personal prayers for people you would like to be remembered. Please bring your names when you come to get your cross. 

Hosanna in the highest. 
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.  

-- Matthew 21:9 
How can we let the world know that we are entering Holy Week? Here is one answer: attach
some palms to your porch
or front door.

Making Masks for Our Beloved Community
Volunteers are busy cutting, stitching, and delivering masks for local hospice volunteers and others who need this protection. (Clockwise from lower left) : Liz Fitzhugh; Susan Bachrach; Susan, Leslie McWilliams, Molly Hill, Josh Fitzhugh; Willie Williams, Eric Zile, Valentina Webb. More cotton fabric, elastic, and sewers are needed - contact Leslie: lesliemc@bellsouth.net or 423-667-5259.
UPDATE: T and Dave McLain's daughter, Mary Katherine, was hospitalized
with COVID-19 but has been discharged as of Wednesday night.
Martha "Jo" Toland Heslin
Photo credit - Debbie Hooper

On February 26, 2020, Martha “Jo” Toland Heslin passed away peacefully at the age of 82. A daughter of the late Keron and John Toland, and brother of the late Jack Toland, she was a friend to many at Trinity and in the Indian Pass community.

The Rev. Martha Harris recently conducted a memorial service with members of Jo's immediate family.

Her friend Debbie Hooper composed a poem, "Jo Heslin, Our Angel!" in tribute to Jo and her vibrant life.

Landy & Nancy Luther  offer us a peek into their Hawaiian adventures ,
along with some  photos  of their experiences.
During this time of social distancing, when we cannot place
our monetary offerings in the Sunday Plate, The Episcopal Diocese
of the Central Gulf Coast is providing the option
of making your donations to Trinity online.

select "Apalachicola, Trinity",
and complete the electronic form.

We appreciate your generosity at this troubled time.
These Days, How Do You Spend Your Days?

Social Distancing and stay-at-home directives in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 have changed our daily lives. Meetings, special events, dinners out, and even worship services are paused for now.

What are you doing, instead? Send your comments, photos, drawings, other musings, or even just a single word to kaycarson@outlook.com or text to 617-388-8598 by Wednesday, April 15 so they can be shared in the next edition of our Bay View .
Hello Friends of ECCC --

So much has changed in our fragile world. We hope that this finds you and your loved ones healthy during this unprecedented time. 
We do not know what the future holds. However, we at ECCC are committed to continuing to fill in the gaps in services to seniors in Franklin County. We are providing groceries for people to make lunch at home since we are unable to serve daily lunch at the Center. Several generous donations of boxed meals from local restaurants have been distributed.  If you know of someone over age 55 in need, please call us at 850-370-0116 so we can get them on the distribution list and help everyone stay safe and taken care of in their homes.

We welcome you to get involved and partner alongside of ECCC as it strengthens the mission throughout our community. Here are a few suggestions if you would like to make a donation:

  1. Donate food that has already been cooked and served up individually. If it has not been prepared we can freeze it and use at a later date. 
  2. We are in need of food such as sandwich meats, cheese, boiled eggs, tuna, chicken in the can, chips, drinks, peanut butter, pudding or jello, fruit cups, cookies, and bread for bag lunches for the entire week, distributed on Sunday afternoons.
  3. Items such Lysol disinfectant, gloves, face masks, bleach and household cleaner, toilet paper, and paper towels.

Monetary donations can be made by clicking  Donate Here  to link to ECCC's Pay Pal account or go to  www.ecccfranklin.org  and click on donate. You will receive a thank you note/receipt for your tax deductible donation. Or send us a check: ECCC, PO Box 335, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

We thank you for being part of ECCC! We could not do what we do with the support of people like you and we need your help to continue our efforts to reach out.  Please don’t hesitate to email us at  ecccfranklin@gmail.com  or call Val Webb, President of ECCC, at 850-370-0116 to let us know how you can help.
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