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Parish Announcements & Message from the Sr. Warden 9/10/20

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Sunday Service: Streaming on Facebook Live

Join us again this Sunday on Facebook for Holy Eucharist Rite II and Spiritual Communion. The Psalm will be sung every Sunday beginning this week unless there's a scheduling issue with one of our cantors. The singers enjoy adding to the service in this way, and the reactions from the congregation have been positive, so here we go with a new streaming service tradition.

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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 Zoom Meeting

Come in your pajamas! Come with your coffee! Come Zoom with us!

Every Sunday from 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Lectionary Study Guide

Comfort Food

Unknown to many, there seems to be a shortage of Mason and Kerr canning jars in our Comfort Food supplies. We want to ask you to check your shelves and try to return any empty jars you have AND, as usual, we invite you to drop by the church and pick up any soups you may need or may want to share with others. Enjoy, please, enjoy.

Hurricane Laura Relief: How To Help

For the past few years, our Outreach and Missions Ministry has given financial gifts to Episcopal congregations that have suffered major damage from natural disasters. We also contribute to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) with a special designated check.

I have spoken to Rev. D. Seth Donald, the rector at St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana. They are reeling from Hurricane Laura. Their church facility sustained major damage. No members were lost but many are hurting. We will be sending Fr. Seth a check to use at his discretion. 

If you would like to contribute to this gift of love, please mail your contribution to the church, marked FOR HURRICANE RELIEF. We will be sending our gift in two weeks. Thank you for sharing your gift of love and hope with those who need it. God bless. 

-- Sharon Moravits

Another Move

Nancy Christensen is moving September 12th. Nancy is going home to be near her mom, two daughters and sons-in-law, five grandsons, a sister and a ton of nieces and nephews. She will miss St. Theodore's terribly, but hopes to be able to continue to be part of the Ladies' Tuesday Zoom Morning Prayer and Scripture Study.

Please contact the office if you waould like her temporary address in MN.

Message from the Sr. Warden

My beloved team, the Kansas City Chiefs, begin their football season tonight as Super Bowl Champions. I truly did not expect to live long enough to see the day when my Chiefs would be on top, yet here it is. I truly believe in miracles. The right combination of coaches, talent and hard work has finally produced a winning team. Who knows how many games they may get to play in this pandemic season but rest assured, I will be watching every one of them. (Please do not call me unless it's halftime, and then you only have 10 minutes. Make it snappy. Dire emergencies only, please.)

It is so much fun to cheer for a winning team for a change. Many times, while watching a professional sport you will hear an announcer say that a team isn’t playing with much heart. They will say that the team or individual is not playing to win but rather, playing not to lose. There is a huge difference. Much of the following are the words of someone else but no citations were given so I can’t give credit to the author but the message is important.

Playing to “win” is different than “playing not to lose.” The actions you would take to win are different than the actions you would take to “not lose.” If you are playing to win, you do whatever is necessary to move things forward. You aggressively try to put points on the board. You’re not reckless, but you’re certainly not passive. When you play to win, you make the call that you fear. You have the difficult conversation. You deal with the tricky issues that may put your outcomes at risk if things go south on you. If you are playing to “not lose,” you’re cautious. Probably overly cautious. You want to avoid mistakes, so you hold back. Instead of doing what you know you need to do, you wait to react. Instead of using all of your power to tilt things in your direction, you wait. You don’t make the call. You don’t act because you are fearful that anything you do will put your goal at risk. Trying not to lose is not the same thing as trying to win. Trying not to lose is reactionary. It’s prevention. Most of the time it prevents you from winning. Worst of all, it starts with the belief that you should focus on “not losing,” which gives the idea of losing too much power. “Playing to win” begins with the belief that you can and will win. It’s empowering. The belief that you can win and the desire to do so allows you to take initiative, to be resourceful, and to take the necessary actions that will better your chances of winning—even if taking those actions comes with a particular risk. Are you “playing to win?” Or are you playing to “not lose?” What would you differently if you changed your intentions?

What would we be doing differently at St. Theodore’s if we truly, aggressively played to win? Are our intentions at St. Theodore’s to win more people to Christ, to spread the Good News to those who have yet to hear, or simply to not lose what we have? Are we more about maintenance or growth? Is what we have good enough or should we be doing more? Like all teams, we have suffered setbacks. Will we let that crush our spirit or will we push through adversity and come back stronger than before?

Our Come and See program and our Outreach and Missions ministry are designed to get us excited to win! We win when we get in the game, step out of our comfort zones and invite people to join us in The Winner’s Circle. What we have at St. Theodore’s -- our sense of family, of belonging to a body of Christ that worships, rejoices, teaches, grieves, supports, loves and inspires us -- is a wonderful blessing. Don’t we want that same blessing for our friends and community?

The Great Commission tells us to “go ye therefore into all the world, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. In my bible, the rest of that verse says, “and invite them to church and ask them to sit next to you.” (It’s right there, in the book of 2 Sharon: verse 9. Look it up!) Although we are not currently able to sit with them in a pew, we can still invite everyone to join us in worship online, multiple times per week.

Perhaps watching our services from the comfort of one’s home will be a way to ease a new person into our ways of worshiping, so it won’t be completely unfamiliar to them when they join us in person. And they WILL join us some day! We WILL be back in physical communion before long. Until then, maintaining what we have is certainly necessary and we must always minister to each other. But think about how you can prepare yourself to be an MVP on the winning team! Think of this current time as Spring Training so we will be ready to field a team with a renewed focus until they are all won. And until we are all One.


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