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The Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
Click here: 10/17/21 9:oo a.m. bulletin
This Sunday is the Twenty first Sunday after Pentecost. We continue our Old Testament readings with lessons from books attributed to Solomon and other readings from the Wisdom Literature part of the Bible. This week we begin a series of readings from the Book of Job, which is one of the major wrestlings with the problem of good and evil in the Hebrew Scriptures (aka the Old Testament). We also hear another Gospel lesson from the Gospel according to St. Mark about greatness in Christ's Reign (we sort of go back and forth between St. Mark and St. John from now until November).
We will hold in-person and live-streamed worship. The schedule for our Sunday worship remains the same, at 9:00 a.m. The instructions for you to take part via livestreaming are in this message.
Worship Changes Implemented
The participants in the liturgy will process in and out at the beginning and conclusion of the Liturgy. The Priest will greet parishioners at the door following the Liturgy. (Smile, wave, elbow and/or fist bump, handshake--it's up to you. Make your choice clear.) We made some changes for the fall, including returning to our usual pattern of hymns during the liturgy. A decision about the worship schedule will be made on a month-to-month basis after consultation between the Priest and Vestry each month.
Pledge Payments Returning to Normal; More Progress Welcome
Pledge Payments, which typically fall behind during summer, are returning to normal levels. More returning to normal levels is needed and will be welcome.
Pre-School Opens with Combined MWF Class
Our parish pre-school has opened September 8 (next week!) with a combined class of 3- and 4-year-olds held from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. For more information, contact our Pre-School Director, Dawn Viscusi, at the Church Office.
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Masks and Church: Highly recommended
The Bishop has not (as of my writing this) issued any changes to his directives about masking in Church. However, the CDC has moved Delaware County into the group of counties with a "substantial" rate of community COVID transmission. Combined with the recent news that fully vaccinated people can transmit COVID as readily as the unvaccinated, this moves me as priest-in-charge to suggest that each of us evaluate anew the question of remaining masked during worship. No mandates (yet), but please consider the CDC's recommendation that all people, vaccinated or not, wear masks at indoor public events.
Worship changes made recently will continue and be augmented Other than offering Communion in one kind (i.e., bread only) as directed by the Bishop, most aspects of worship will move to what once was normal. This week we make some changes for the fall, including returning to our usual pattern of hymns during the liturgy. A decision about the worship schedule will be made on a month-to-month basis after consultation between the Priest and Vestry each month. The Vestry meets this coming Monday.
Food Pantry Ministry Evolving to Meet Changing Conditions
As the needs of the hungry in our area change, and the best way to help the food pantries we assist changes along with that, we are adjusting how we ask for your support. We will continue gratefully to accept offerings of money from parishioners, but we will be adding an option to make a food donation at the Church as well.
Starting now, our Outreach Coordinator, Leigh Oppelt, will make known particular items we are asking be donated for a particular month [e.g., for August, those items are pancake mix, maple syrup, and boxed cereal. For September: Pasta and spaghetti sauce. Any items donated are accepted with thanks, but we will be concentrating on the "Items of the Month."
Fr. Wand Moving But Not Going Away
As announced last Sunday, Fr. Wand and his wife will be moving this fall from Phoenixville to the Ambler area. This will not affect Fr. Wand's relationship with this parish.
Coffee Hour is back!
Parishioners are taking turns preparing beverages (hot coffee, cold water and soda) and light refreshments to share as we all get a chance to chat face to (not too close) face. We are developing a list of volunteers to share this ministry. Fall sign-up is available in the Narthax and Undercroft each Sunday! We will also be offering profound thanks for those of our forebears who installed air conditioning in the Undercroft.
- Communion after the service will be administered on the first Sunday of each month. (Next Date: November 7).
How to Donate to the Parish Every Time You Order from Amazon!
Our parish is listed as a charity that is eligible for a donation of 0.50% of the purchase price of all the items you buy on Amazon. All you have to do is shop at Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) and choose our parish as your designated charity. If you already have an Amazon login, the next time you shop, go to smile.amazon.com to make your purchases. When you first login to Amazon Smile they will prompt you to select a charity. We will be listed as Resurrection Episcopal Church Rockdale for you to find and select our parish. Any items that you find on the regular Amazon site are also waiting for you on Amazon Smile. We have just received our first check from this program! Pass this information on to family and friends. On a quarterly basis, Amazon will deposit the funds collected from all of your purchases directly to the church bank account.
Readers/Intercessors Needed for Worship Services With the installation of the new camera, audio, Internet, and streaming equipment, worship is no longer a solo by the Priest celebrating. Parishioners are needed to read lessons and lead prayers--two per service. The needs for help with this will double this fall. If you can help, please leave a message at the Church Office.
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore."
[II Cor. 13:14]
(The Rev.) Thomas C. Wand
Resurrection Episcopal Church, Rockdale
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- Rite I 8 AM
- Rite II with music and Sunday School 10 AM
Summer Service (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
- Rite II with music 9 AM