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COLLECT FOR THE WEEK

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
 
 
 

September 19, 2021
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture Readings

First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31
The Psalm: Psalm 1
The Second Reading: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
The Gospel: Mark 9:30-37

Eucharistic Lectionary Year B
Office Lectionary Year 2
Book of Common Prayer and Bible
Flowers given by Steve and Libby Price in memory of Sharon Murry.

 

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Notes from Fr. Ray
Dear Members and Friends,
If you find you can spare a few dollars, there are many opportunities to support people in need.

The people in Haiti are still trying to recover from the devasting earthquake and many people in the US, especially in Louisiana, are suffering from damage caused by Hurricane Ida. You can donate to either of these causes through Episcopal Relief & Development: https://www.episcopalrelief.org

Or you can donate directly through the Diocese of Louisiana: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=CgoXWw

You can also donate to help refugees from Afghanistan through Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM):
https://episcopalmigrationministries.org/donate-afghan-allies/?mc_cid=dd6ad3d39bmc_eid=b7ea8f6d0c

There are, of course, ways to help other than financial. I hope you will prayerfully consider these needs or others.

  As I mentioned in church this past Sunday, I had formed a committee to advise me on actions we should take to provide protection to our members during this latest surge in the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee consists of Richard, our Bishop’s Warden, Pam, as head of the Altar Guild, and Linda, our Music Director and a practicing health care professional. After prayerful consideration of community statistics and the demographics of the congregation, especially with regard to vaccination status, we decided to implement the following policies:

Masks – We strongly encourage everyone attending the service to wear masks. Other than vaccination, masks provide our best option for limiting transmission and providing protection. It was also decided that the Celebrant and Chalice Bearer will wear masks during the Eucharist, because they will encounter everyone in the congregation during administration of the bread and wine.

The Peace – Until further notice, we will not move from our positions in the pews, shake hands or hug others outside of our family units. We will try to observe a reasonable social distance at all times.

The Eucharist – Rather than come to the altar rail, members will come to the Chancel area via the center aisle (following, not too closely, those seated ahead of them, beginning with the side on which the Celebrant is standing), take a wafer from the Celebrant using their fingers, intinct in the Chalice (if desired), consume the wafer and return to their seat via the outside aisle. This allows for better distancing and less time in close proximity to others.

In addition to the above changes that we began on Sunday, the committee also decided that we should implement the following changes temporarily:

Second Sunday – The luncheons that occur on these days will be suspended until conditions improve. The Parish Hall will remain open and coffee will be available before and after church. However, we strongly encourage members to observe distancing and wearing masks to the extent possible. If you have not been vaccinated, please do not use the Parish Hall.

Blessing of the Animals – Because of the uncertainty of the duration of the surge, the low percentage of vaccinations in the local area coupled with the overcrowding of hospital facilities for treating severe cases, we decided to postpone this event to the spring (after Easter). (I am looking for a way to store things you have been saving for the yard sale. Hopefully, information will be forthcoming soon.) We will, of course, continue to offer participation in worship via Zoom. So, if you are uncomfortable with the changes, do not feel well on a particular Sunday, or feel that you may have been exposed to someone with the virus, please use this option to join us. We will be monitoring conditions closely and will inform you of any changes to these recommendations. Thank you for your patience and your consideration of others.

May we continue to be spared from the worst outcomes of this pandemic, Ray

At Christ Church, all baptized Christians are welcome to partake in communion.

Remember our Nation and all those affected by the 9/11 attacks.

Pray for our Nation and its leaders.

Safe travels for CEC-M parishioner Dwayne, Milinda E.

Happy Birthday to CEC-M parishioner: Kayla White (9/12), Layla James Fuentes (9/15)

 


 

SEPTEMBER
Birthday Cake with Candles
September
Jere Smith (8/30)
Brett Fewell (8/31)
Leslie Avery (9/01)
Radell Williams (9/09)
Kayla White (9/12)
Layla James Fuentes (9/15)
Janet Bagby (9/29)
Helana Barmore (9/30)
Happy Anniversary Medallion
September
Thom & Terri Byrne (9/05)
 

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