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Parish Announcements & Message from the Sr. Warden 8/27/20

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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. 

Service Leaflet 8/30/20 Prayer Requests 8/30/20


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.

Join via Zoom

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. 

THE PROGRAM
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.

DATES
September 10, 17, and 24, 2020

TIME
12:00 PM Central

EACH SESSION
Will last between 50 and 75 minutes.

PARTICIPANTS
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. 

REGISTER
No later than September 5, 2020. Send names and email addresses of those who have signed up to .

FEE
There is no fee!

ZOOM
We will gather from parishes across the country on Zoom.  

ADVANCE WORK
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 

  • Prayer
  • 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

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  1. To increase my understanding of the spiritual dynamics
  2. To learn a few traditional methods of the spiritual life
  3. 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
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 THEME
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.

EXPECTATIONS

  • 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.

PROGRAM LEADERS
Michelle Heyne, OA & Robert Gallagher, OA. Click the following link to find out more.

Learn More About the Leaders

 The Order of the Ascension a dispersed Benedictine community of the Episcopal Church, founded in 1983.

Learn More About the Order of the Ascension

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!

 
 

Peace,
Sara
--
The Rev. Sara Milford
All Saints' Episcopal Church
PO Box 528
Bentonville, AR 72712
(47) 802-0302


Clean-Up Buckets

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.

  1. 5 sets of 6 small sponges
  2. 6 large sponges
  3. 4 packs of 18 Handi Wipes
  4. 6 bottles laundry detergent - 50 oz. or two 25 oz.
  5. 7 bottles household cleaner (Lysol) 12 to 16 oz. non-aerosol
  6. 5 packs of 5 dust masks
  7. 6 pairs heavy duty work gloves
  8. 5 packages 24-28 heavy duty trash bags - 30 to 45 gallon
  9. 7 bottles insect spray - 6 to 9 oz. non-aerosol
Thank you for any help you can give,
Al Addington

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. 

Sharon Moravits

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