Month: June 2015

Prayer for Charleston, SC, tonight

Diocesan Prayer Vigil Called

Dear Clergy and Laity of the Diocese:   Bishop Grote is out of the country on vacation. Given the magnitude of the tragic shootings at the Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and how they have touched our Reformed Episcopal family especially in the Diocese of the Southeast, I felt it important to write to you as Coadjutor. For your information, the wife of one of our own Reformed Episcopal Presbyters was actually one of the victims. Her name is Myra Thompson, wife of The Rev. Anthony Thompson. Myra was leading the Bible study and lost her life with the other eight souls, including the pastor of the church. She was actually a member of the AME congregation and Bible teacher there. We are stunned, saddened, and grieved over such a horrific loss.   Not only did I want to make you aware of how this senseless massacre has taken the life of one of our own clergy wives, I’m writing also that you might know of and join in a prayer vigil that is taking place in the Diocese of the Southeast at 7pm EDT, Friday night, June 19. I have called for a prayer vigil at the same time in our time zone at St. Matthias Cathedral (Katy) and Holy Communion Pro Cathedral (Dallas) at 6pm CDT. I also ask that all of our Rector’s, if possible, have a prayer vigil in their parishes inviting parishioners to join in prayer as they can. I realize that many may not be able to come to their churches and pray; so, I ask that we all stop briefly at 7pm EDT (coordinated with whatever time zone we are in) and use psalms and prayers from the burial office as well as any other appropriate prayers from the prayer book, and in particular one prayer composed by Bishop Daniel Morse, Ordinary of the Diocese of the Central States, REC (See Below). We should pray for all of those violated by this incident, in particular Myra, Rev. Anthony, the other victims, their families, the Diocese of the Southeast, Charleston and our nation.   I ask you especially to pray for The Rev. Anthony Thompson. Mrs. Bonnie Abboud has sent out the details for those who desire to send a card or letter of sympathy. Rev. Thompson’s address is P.O. Box 574, Charleston S.C. Please assure his family of our prayers. Also, I have spoken and prayed with Bishop Gadsden. He will be in a position to speak words of comfort to the families and the community in the upcoming difficult days of memorial services and funerals. Please pray for him as well as all of our other clergy and brothers and sisters in the Diocese of the Southeast who will have opportunity to minister to such deep wounds in their community.   Should you have any need, or if I may be of assistance until our Bishop returns from his vacation, please let me know. Thank you for lifting up Rev. Thompson in your prayers as well as Bishop Gadsden, Bishop William White (Suffragan), and all of our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of the Southeast.   Sincerely in Christ, The Rt. Rev. Ray R. Sutton, Ph.D. Bishop Coadjutor     Prayers:   O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples and races of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and those who are near:  Grant to those who have lost loved ones your hope, comfort and peace, especially The Rev. Anthony Thompson; grant to those members of Emmanuel AME Church a sense of your presence; look with compassion on the whole human family in Charleston and across our nation; show us how to respond to one another’s hurt and suffering;  shed abroad your Spirit on those who have lost faith, hope and trust in You and one another; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that in your good  time all peoples and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  

O Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ did weep at the grave of Lazarus his friend: Look, we beseech thee, with compassion upon those who are now in sorrow and affliction; comfort them, O Lord, with they gracious consolations; make them to know that all things work together for good to them that love thee; and grant them evermore sure trust and confidence in thy fatherly care; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  

Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of thy great goodness in past years, and in the sure expectation of joyful reunion with those they love; and this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

 

Prayer for Charleston, SC

From our Bishop Dan Morse:

The horrific shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC is a tragedy beyond words.  I see Jesus weeping over Jerusalem, weeping before Lazarus’ tomb, and weeping now at the doors of Emmanuel AME.  Let us join with our Older Brother and the family of God in mourning, and in pleading with our Father to intervene with comfort, justice, and transformation.

 

Prayer for all involved would seem the primary thing we can offer at this point:

 

  • For Emmanuel AME
  • Their members
  • The injured
  • The families and friends of those killed
  • The community, as it responds to this tragedy
  • Law enforcement, for a speedy apprehension of the person responsible
  • Protection from those who would attempt to exploit this crisis
  • Restraint of further violence in response
  • For the Church… to be a witness in the midst of this tragedy… to redeem it

Bp. Dan

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples and races of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and those who are near:  Grant to those who have lost love ones your hope, comfort and peace; grant to those members of Emmanuel AME Church a sense of your presence; look with compassion on the whole human family in Charleston and across our nation; show us how to respond to one another’s hurt and suffering;  shed abroad your Spirit on those who have lost faith, hope and trust in You and one another; break down the walls that we separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that in your good  time all peoples and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Piano for the Church

We have been given a piano by the Evanhoes to augment our music ministry.  Now we are looking for a vehicle and several strong people to move it from their home to the church….any volunteers?  Please contact Anita by email (verbalchild@gmail.com) or phone or Facebook.  Thanks very much!

Summer Sunday School Schedule

June 21 — Eppinga

June 28 — Carolyn Herman/Isabelle Gangloff/Stephanie Burns

July 5 — Ruiz

July 12 — No Sunday School (originally scheduled for Eppinga)

July 19 — Gangloff

July 26 — TBA

August 2 — Taylor

August 9 — Taylor

August 16 — Roberts

August 23 — Ruiz

Service Possibilities

We are looking to add some additional acolytes and are seeking interested people — of any age.  If you are interested, please let Dss Candy know and we’ll see that you get the training.

We also could use one or two additional people for the summer who can be trained to run our sound board and slides…again, let us know if you’re interested and we’ll see that you get training.

 

Enjoy Your Morning Cup of Coffee?

After months of faithful service coming to church early to make our coffee, Michael Evanhoe must give that up to someone else because he has a job that prevents him from being with us.  We are seeking someone to take over this job immediately.  Instructions are quite simple and are posted by the coffee maker.  It requires coming in about 8:45 to get everything in readiness.  If you could serve the rest of your parish with this, we would be most grateful.  Please let Dss Candy know if you can help.  I hope to get enough volunteers that it could be a once-a-month service…just let me know.  I will plan to come in for your first day and help walk you through the process, too.

And Michael — everyone thanks you!!!!

Hog Roast Saturday!

Come out and enjoy a great family style meal including smoked pork, potato salad or baked potato, cole slaw and baked beans — along with iced team, lemonade and water with awesome desserts!

WHAT:  A fund raiser for The Brick Oven, a new ministry getting started in Riverside

WHEN:  Saturday, June 13 (this week) from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Riverside VFW Post 657, 637 Spinning Road

COST:  Donation

(For planning purposes, a group of us will be going there about 6:00 — hope to see you there!)

(The Brick Oven is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization and will give you a receipt for anything over the cost of the meal.)

Employment Opportunity

Zepernick Landscaping is seeking a full-time crew member with landscaping experience for its growing business! The ideal candidate will enjoy being outdoors in all weather, works skillfully with garden tools, loves hard work and is physically capable of everyday strenuous labor. All applicants must have a valid driver’s license, no criminal record and be at least 18 years old. Please reply to this ad by sending an email indicating your interest with a good phone number to reach you to: richzepernick@gmail.com.

 

Camping Trip Cancelled

The camping trip to Lake Loramie scheduled for this coming weekend has been cancelled.  Looking forward to the day hike to Hocking Hills on July 11 and the overnight to Germantown Twin Creek in August.  See Duane Veley for details on these trips.