Sunday Service on Facebook Live
Join us again this Sunday in the continuing adventure of bringing our Spiritual Communion with Holy Eucharist Rite II to you on Facebook.
Sunday Scripture Study
If you haven't yet joined our Sunday Scripture Study Zoom class, but would like to participate or even just check it out, contact Chris Schaefer at 501-454-6815 and she will hook you up. Their is no need to "catch up" on previous weeks' studies. Each class is a discussion of that week's lectionary scriptures.
Come in your pajamas! Come with your coffee! Come Zoom with us!
Every Sunday from 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
2 More Christian Study Opportunities
ORDER OF THE ASCENSION: A Benedictine Community
Fr. Lowell has invited us to join with Sister Michelle Heyne in a free online class focusing on "how to be at home in all circumstances". The following explains more about the class if anyone would like to join the group. You must pre-register. The deadline is September 5. Please contact Sharon Moravits to register asap.
To make ourselves at home: A three-session opportunity to reflect on the spiritual dynamics of "making ourselves at home in all circumstances," including in times of isolation and loneliness, division and polarization, illness and death.
September 10, 17, and 24, 2020
12:00 PM Central
Will last between 50 and 75 minutes.
The invitation is being extended to all parishes in which a Professed Member, novice, or associate of the Order of the Ascension is involved. For St. Theodore's that would be Fr. Lowell Grisham. A few other parishes have also been invited to participate.
No later than September 5, 2020. Send names and email addresses of those who have signed up to .
There is no fee!
We will gather from parishes across the country on Zoom.
You'll be asked to read two or three pages before each session and to consider the issues and questions offered in the reading. The readings will be made available six days before each session.
EACH SESSION INCLUDES
- An exercise in which you consider the theme (see more on the theme and focus below) in relation to your life
- Small group sharing (share only what you want to share)
- A presentation with conversation and Q&A
- To increase my understanding of the spiritual dynamics
- To learn a few traditional methods of the spiritual life
- To learn a broader spiritual map
BACKGROUND & THEME FOR THE SESSIONS
On the Feast of the Ascension, members of the Order of the Ascension, a dispersed Benedictine community, gathered on Zoom for prayer and conversation. Our Presiding Sister, Michelle Heyne, OA offered a quote from Father Richard Benson, SSJE.
We must be as religious, cherishing a habit of at once jumping into our place and finding ourselves at home in it, just as much at home there as anywhere else. ... The religious life is not to be a dreamy dissatisfaction with the present state of things, it is not to be a mere not knowing what to do next, because things about us are as they are, but it is the consciousness of being able to make ourselves at home under all circumstances and able to turn everything that happens to account. This is what the religious should be — ready; ready but not fussy. Fr. Benson, SSJE
Fr. Benson is of course correct that one of the tasks of those of us in the Religious Life is "to make ourselves at home in all circumstances." And to turn that to good account. It's also the task of every Christian.
The idea for this program emerged after about a month into the nation’s (the world’s) efforts to cope with the pandemic. We noticed an increase in people talking about feelings of loneliness and hostility. For some who lived alone there was an increase of anxiety and depression; for others it expressed itself in excessive drinking or suicidal thoughts. For people who lived with others there was too much togetherness. Both conditions set loose feelings of anger and resentment.
And the impact of the pandemic came on top of an already existing decline of close friendships and a growing increase of political polarization. Then came an economic recession and protests over policing and race.
We begin with hostility because it may be the easiest force to see. We all experience hostility. Hostility within ourselves. Sometimes expressed toward others. Hostility directed at us. In these times it may seem that the hostility is on the increase.
The relationship among loneliness, solitude and hostility in my spiritual life. How as Christians we can "make ourselves at home under all circumstances"--including in times of isolation and loneliness, division and polarization, illness and death.
- Participants need to access the session through a Zoom invitation that will be sent out at least one day prior to each session. You need to have both the video and sound active. We want to be able to see all the participants and have them see one another.
- The meeting site will be open about 5 minutes before we begin. Please be on time. We will close the meeting at 5 minutes after the hour.
COFFEE & TEA
Made just as you like it, by you, at home.
Michelle Heyne, OA & Robert Gallagher, OA. Click the following link to find out more.
The Order of the Ascension a dispersed Benedictine community of the Episcopal Church, founded in 1983.
EfM: EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY
Greetings! I wanted to let you know that we'll be wrapping up EfM registration for our group at All Saints' within the next couple of weeks, and we have space available. If you have anyone at St. Andrew's or St. Theodore's who would like to participate, feel free to send them our way!
The Rev. Sara Milford
All Saints' Episcopal Church
PO Box 528
Bentonville, AR 72712
Just in time for storm season we have filled and are ready to send 12 clean-up buckets, but they still need a ride to the Ferncliff collection point. If someone is going to Little Rock, please contact Sharon Moravits for directions if you can help.
There are still 9 more buckets that need some additional items to be completed. The following items would help send these 9 additional buckets on to the areas affected by the recent storms.
- 5 sets of 6 small sponges
- 6 large sponges
- 4 packs of 18 Handi Wipes
- 6 bottles laundry detergent - 50 oz. or two 25 oz.
- 7 bottles household cleaner (Lysol) 12 to 16 oz. non-aerosol
- 5 packs of 5 dust masks
- 6 pairs heavy duty work gloves
- 5 packages 24-28 heavy duty trash bags - 30 to 45 gallon
- 7 bottles insect spray - 6 to 9 oz. non-aerosol
Message from the Sr. Warden
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing it doesn’t belong in a fruit salad.
This quote is attributed to Miles Kington, a British journalist of the 20th century. He makes a very good point. We all absorb knowledge all day whether it be by way of reading classic literature, attending a lecture or watching the six o’clock news. Information is everywhere! You can run but you can’t hide from it. Sticking your fingers in your ears and shouting “La la la la la” doesn’t stop it from coming.
You will learn something today, like it or not. Some of it is valuable, perhaps even lifesaving. Most of it, however, is of much lesser value and even less appeal. Thanks to social media, we now know what people we barely know had for lunch yesterday, how to determine the name of your next lover based on what you order at McDonald's, and what kind of potato you were in your previous life. (Pretty sure mine was Couch, but I digress.) I’m not making this up! These are actual quizzes you can take online. And OH! The insight you will gain! Positively life-altering! Yeah, right. Whatever.
We have small, hand-held devices that can connect us to the Information of the Ages in a nanosecond, yet we become obsessed with whether the dress is blue or gold. We have surely grown in knowledge yet seem to have fallen short in our quest for wisdom. I am more than happy to share with you my newly acquired knowledge of how to weave a small basket from pine needles but am less likely to share, and you are less inclined to ask for, my advice or wisdom regarding how to cope with a world that seems to be spinning out of control or a myriad of other issues that may keep you awake at night. Why is that?
Shouldn’t the pursuit of wisdom be equally or more important even than the pursuit of knowledge? What good is knowing everything if you don’t know how or when to use it? Asking for information is easy if one is needing an immediate solution to a pressing problem. But asking for advice or someone’s wisdom in a situation requires humility and the willingness to admit that someone else might have a greater understanding of a situation than you. It’s taking the risk that a different point of view might cause you to have to rethink yours. It’s acknowledging that a different perspective may be as accurate as your own and possibly more insightful. That understanding itself is the beginning of wisdom.
Proverbs 4:6 tell us...
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you. Love her, and she will watch over you.
Don’t be content with acquiring knowledge. Seek wisdom. A Google search will get you lots of information but "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking." (James 1:5).
In addition, seek the wisdom of those around you that may have faced similar circumstances and have discerned an answer. Grow in your own wisdom and understanding by taking all you have experienced and ask yourself, “what have I learned from this”? Filter it for the nuggets of wisdom you have gained. File it away for future reference or spread it around like pollen on a windy day. Either way, it will add to the Wisdom of the Ages and the world will enjoy more delicious, and accurate, fruit salads.