Dear Church Family,
We have some important news that couldn’t wait until tomorrow, so I decided to send all of your updates for January 7 through January 15 today:
Bernard Chandler passed away last night. Several parishioners as well as Pastor Don had visited him over the last few weeks of his life, so he surely knew how much we all loved him. No decisions have been made yet about a service, but be assured that whenever details are known, they will be shared with everyone in the parish. A special thanks to all of you who ministered to Bernard in the hospital, including our dear Friend of St. Paul’s, Amanda Stimson. Please keep Bernard and the Chandler family in your prayers. What an angel of a man!
Regarding the Stimsons: From Pastor Don, a special update on Fred Stimson:
Most of us know that our dear brother in Christ, Fred Stimson, has been seriously ill for some time. Fred has asked me to communicate on his behalf with his beloved family in faith at St Paul's, and he has approved this message.
A Brief Summary of Fred's Condition: Fred's kidneys are leaking protein, which is causing edema (a swelling of tissues) and elevated blood pressure and cholesterol readings. This is a relatively rare condition. It can be life-threatening, and, unfortunately, the cause is unknown and there is no known cure. Fred says he is receiving excellent medical care and he is being told that in the long run there is a reasonable hope that the effects of his condition can be significantly reduced.
He is on a severely restricted diet, but the most important thing for him right now is total, absolute, complete rest. If you know Fred, you know that is almost impossible for him, but he says he is really trying.
A Loving Request to Loving Friends: Fred is profoundly grateful for the outpouring of love he has received and continues to receive. Friends (including several from St. Paul's) are inundating him with cards and telephone calls, and he knows he is being lifted up in prayer by many. He deeply appreciates the love and concern being showed to him, but with as much love and appreciation as he can express, he feels he must request that we not telephone him at this time. Fred being Fred, is incapable of being totally passive even when he reads a card or a note, much less during a telephone call.
"Please tell them: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! and I love them, and their love and their prayers sustain me.
-In Christ. Fred Stimson-"
Lou Ann Carter is recovering from knee surgery this past Monday at French Hospital, and has already started physical therapy. She hopes to be moved to SLO Transitional Care sometime Thursday.
Monthly food distribution: Tomorrow (Thursday) volunteers will bag and distribute food for the needy beginning at 2:15 pm at Santa Rosa Catholic Church. Please help with your time or donations whenever possible.
Stewardship message: Joni Michel wishes to thank everyone for making the 2015 Stewardship effort a success. 100% of our members participated, which is wonderful. For those who requested pledge envelopes, Joni will have them available on Sunday, January 11th. Joni thanks you sincerely for your support while she served as your Stewardship Chair these past several years.
Diocese of El Camino Real- Office Change of Address:
Mailing: EDECR, PO Box 689, Salinas, CA 93902
Street: EDECR, 154 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93902
Phone remains the same: 831-394-4465
FAX remains the same: 831-394-7133
Greenspace Lecture Series: One of our parishioners, Connie Gannon, recently became the director of Greenspace. The organization is sponsoring a lecture on how to reduce one’s carbon footprint, a great New Year’s resolution! The event is scheduled for January 25th at 3 pm. For more info regarding the cost, program specifics and more, please call 927-2866 or contact Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you peace,
St Paul's Episcopal Church
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