August 1, 2015
Dear Church Family,
After a couple of weeks of mechanical hiccups caused by the electrical storm not long ago, we are about 80% up and running in the Parish Office, with Father Brian nearing that. Please be patient with us as we try to get his email access back up in his office, and some final issues in my office worked out as well. Here are your updates for the week:
Sunday, August 2: Single service at 9:30 am. It is also “Last Chance Sunday” for the monthly food distribution program which will occur Thursday, August 6, and we will also hold our monthly birthday celebration at coffee hour. Did you know it is Father Brian’s first birthday? Well, at least in the sense that it is his first birthday as part of our church family (Birthday: August 3). Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating August birthdays: Father Brian, Huntley Lewis, Sue Johnson and Connie Helps!
Harmony Hikes in August!
The next SLO Deanery Harmony Hike is scheduled for Saturday, August 15, 2015 on the Johnson Ranch Loop Trail. We will meet at the trailhead on the east side of Ontario Road by Highway 101 exit 198 at 12:45pm and begin walking promptly at 1pm. All ages are welcome. This is a fairly easy walk through open spaces and oak groves. The walk includes communion. For more info contact The Rev. Barbara Miller at 805-712-0650 or at email@example.com .
Laudato Si Thursdays at 10am for six weeks: August 20–September 24 , St. Benedict’s Los Osos.
“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs”. Those are the opening words of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. You’ve heard the media’s take on it. This class is an opportunity for us to go beneath the hype in order to consider what the Pope is saying and how it relates to our own understandings of the challenges facing humanity today. The class will be led by the Rev. Caroline Hall and others. Topics include:
• What is happening to our Common Home?
• The Gospel of Creation
• The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis
• Integral Ecology
• Lines of Approach and Action
For more information, contact the Rev. Caroline Hall at Caro@stbenslosos.org
Bible Study- Each Wednesday at 6 pm, in the Chapel at St. Paul’s.
Prayer Requests: Please let me know if your name can be taken off the congregation’s prayer request list, announced each week during the Intercessions on Sunday.
Volunteer Schedules were emailed earlier this week. Copies of each are posted in the Parish Hall for your reference, with limited copies available below the bulletin board.
Fire and Rain: Please pray for rain, not only to nourish our earth but also to help firefighting efforts throughout California.
Enjoy this wonderful weather!
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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