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Weekly Parish Email July 20 – July 27, 2017

Dear friends:

My mother was a consummate gardener. My family have legends galore of her “pinching” a shoot from some plant or other, whether in a public garden or mall, taking it home, putting it in a small pot of soil with a pinch of a mysterious substance she called “rooting powder” – and low and behold, in no time at all, the plant had taken root in her garden. Alas, I did not inherit my mother’s “green fingers.” I cannot tell a weed from a flower, and in my garden am as apt to pull up the latter as nurture the former.

This Sunday, the lesson from St. Matthew’s Gospel is about weeds and wheat, good and evil, and end of times, and whose job it is to tell the difference. But more than anything, Jesus’ parable about the Weeds among the Wheat is about God’s patience and toleration in the face of our imperfections. Jesus ends his parable by saying to the disciples: Let anyone with ears listen! So, come listen as I offer my reflections on the parable of the Weeds among the Wheat.

And while at church, come and join Adult Forum as I continue my leisurely journey through the well known and lesser well known thinkers in the Anglican tradition. This Sunday I shall be talking about Nicholas Ferrar and Lancelot Andrews, two people who had a lasting in effect on the church. Lancelot Andrews was the principle translator of what would become known as the King James Bible; Nicholas Ferrar as the founder of a small community at a place called Little Gidding, in Cambridgeshire, England. Both would influence the American/Anglican poet and play write, T.S. Eliot. Come hear more!

I hope to see you this Sunday.


Fr. Stephen+

The Food Pantry is in need of the following:

Canned Fruit
Chicken Noodle Soup
We donated 228 lbs of food in June. Many thanks to all!

The Knit Wits are taking a “summer break” for the month of August. Please look for notices after Labor Day!

Please check the website and the announcement bulletin starting this weekend for more information on many events that are starting to come together during August, September, and October as follows:

St. Edward’s Picnic: Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 9th starting around 12 Noon for our Annual church Picnic. We will be holding it at our old location of Ironville Park. It is a great gathering and fellowship time with good food and fun, so please join us!

Social Outreach School Supplies Drive: Commencing this Sunday through August 13th the Social Outreach Committee will have supplies and monetary donation boxes in the narthex for school supplies. A list and details will be on the website and announcements.

Sunday, October 1st we start our Basket and Silent Auction leading up to our Fundraising Dinner Event on Saturday, October 28th. Mark your calendars as this year we are planning something new and exciting! We will be looking for volunteers to sign up for baskets starting this Sunday so please see Bev or Michelle if you would like to create a basket (we will have a list to help you with ideas!)

Coffee Hour: 8 AM: Jerry and Julie Hoff 10:15 AM: Buddy and Liz Yeager, Mary Snyder, Rose Dixon

Altar Guild: Julie Hoff, Rose Dixon, Michelle Bentley


8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
LEM/Reader: Mark Jakiel
Greeters: June Klemm and Janet Rumer
Ushers: Herb Johnston and Paul Gschwend

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II
LEM: Ted Cardwell
Readers: 1st: Ray Trythall 2nd: Jamie Alton
Acolyte: Server: Seth Hake Crucifer: Ted Cardwell
Ushers: Mary Snyder and Carter/Thomas Ishler
Greeters: Arch and Dolly Cross

6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing