Announcements for the week beginning September 24, 2017
Nursery – A Nursery for children 4 years and younger is available in Conkey House on Sundays from 8:15 am through the 11:00 am service, and on Tuesdays from 5:45 pm during the Taizé Eucharist. For more information, please call Ann MacVicar at 982-4447, ext. 119.
Children’s Chapel – All children 3½ through 11 years old are invited to Children’s Chapel in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for Bible stories, prayers, singing, and art projects. Children will process into the Nave at the Peace to join their parents for the Eucharist. If you are a family with children you are encouraged to be seated in the first four rows reserved especially for you.
Hospital Notification – Holy Faith Parishioners admitted to the hospital are encouraged to contact one of the Holy Faith Clergy. Due to HIPAA restrictions, hospitals are not authorized to release patient information, and therefore our Clergy are often unaware when a parishioner has been admitted to the hospital. We take our pastoral responsibilities seriously and want to bring the ministry of prayer and healing to our parishioners.
Episcopal Relief & Development Responding to Hurricanes – In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Episcopalians are asking how to respond. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with our partners in the region to reach the most vulnerable. Give to our Hurricane Relief Fund and help people recover. This fund will support affected communities in the Caribbean and the US devastated after hurricanes and tropical storms. Your donation will help meet urgent needs by providing critical supplies such as food, water and other basics and offering long-term assistance as needed. Go to http://www.episcopalrelief.org/ for more information and to donate.
A Spiritual Pilgrimage to England and Wales – Fr. Robin will lead a pilgrimage to England and Wales from August 10-23, 2018, which includes visits to St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol Cathedral, Malmesbury Abbey and Gardens, Clifton, Bath, Wells Cathedral, Tintern Abbey, St. Davids Cathedral, Ramsey Island, Stonehenge, Salisbury and Oxford. The price including airfare from Albuquerque is $5,995. Brochures with registration information will be available in the parish office beginning the week of May 28.
United Thank Offering – The UTO fall program concludes with an Ingathering on September 24. This is a special year because our ingathering marks the 165th birthday anniversary of Julia Chester Emery, the founder of UTO and a fierce supporter of women’s ministries. Please share her philosophy of gratitude and grit by giving generously. Every penny contributed goes directly to grants supporting children’s ministries, community programs, and schools in the US and worldwide. UTO envelopes and boxes for giving are in the back of the nave and in the chapel. Please support this important ministry. For more information, contact Chris Frenk at email@example.com.
Olivewood carvings – On September 24 between the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services Suhail and Seham Hannouna will be at Holy Faith selling carvings crafted by Holy Land artists and made from trimmings from olive trees. Some 600 Bethlehem families depend on their olivewood art as their main source of income.
Harvest Festival with the Bishop – Seniors in the Northern Diocese are invited for a fall fiesta with Bishop Michael Vono on Friday, September 29, at the Bosque Center, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This annual get together with the Bishop continues to grow in popularity and the Bishop and his staff look forward to spending time, once again, with our beloved seniors. Please RSVP to Toye Robertson at 505-881-0636.
Blessing of the Animals on October 1 – Join us at 4 p.m. in the St. Francis garden of the church with your pets. Following a brief prayer service, we will bless dogs, cats, and other pets on leashes or in carriers (please). Pets will receive special “cookies,” a signed certificate with their name and a prayer for the year ahead. Dr. Brent Parker will once again be at the “Ask the Vet” table. There will be refreshments for all their human friends, as well as special activities for families.
Bible Study Groups – Wednesday afternoon Men’s Bible Study and Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study are finishing the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. Starting the first week of October, both groups will begin reading St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. To guide the discussions, we will be using The Story of Romans: A Narrative Defense of God’s Righteousness, by the Rev’d Dr. Kathy Grieb, Fr. Robin’s New Testament Professor at Virginia Theological Seminary. The book is available online through Amazon. In addition, a new Evening Bible Study will be offered on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning October 2. We will also be reading Romans and using Dr. Grieb’s book. All are welcome!
Mark Your Calendar for October 8! – Enjoy an afternoon of song and storytelling by Austin singer-songwriter John Henry McDonald. His one-man show, “A Guru Named Frank”, benefits Feeding Santa Fe, an all-volunteer organization committed to alleviating hunger in our midst. The concert begins at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4:30) in Palen Hall. Tickets are $15 at the door; sponsorships are available. Go to feedingsantafe.org for advance ticket sales. For more information please contact Elaine Coleman at 983-9747.
Scheffler Lecture and Quite Morning with Sr. Donald – Sr. Mary Donald Corcoran, O.S.B. Cam, will give the talk “Truly to Seek God” on Friday, October 27, at 3 p.m. in Palen Hall. She will explore what monastic and Benedictine spirituality can teach us about living in today’s world, and how we can live the Mystery of Christ creatively. A reception follows her talk. On Saturday, October 28, we offer a Quiet Morning to pursue the themes raised by Sr. Donald in her address. The morning begins with a continental breakfast, followed by Morning Prayer at 9 a.m., a series of meditations by Sr. Donald interspersed with periods for silent reflection, and concluding with a Eucharist at noon. To register for the Quiet Morning, please contact the parish office at 982-4447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for Seminarian Ryan Jordan – We are so grateful to have such a supportive and generous parish family. Thanks to all of your ongoing prayers and support for Seminarian Ryan’s financial needs at Nashotah House. As you read this, please pray and consider contributing to what God is doing in His Church by raising up new leadership formed in prayer. You can donate either by contacting Donna at the parish office or by visiting nashotah.edu/support and selecting Ryan Christopher Jordan.
Twice Blessed Welcomes Donations – Please remember Twice Blessed as you do your house cleaning. We gladly accept a variety of household items, such as small appliances, kitchen and tableware, decorative pieces, and Christmas decorations, as well as jewelry and clothing in good, clean condition suitable for consignment. We cannot accept VHS tapes, cassette tapes, CDs, books, televisions or electronics. Donations are tax deductible and the proceeds fund a variety of local nonprofits and church activities. This year’s Twice Blessed sale will take place on December 1 and 2, in conjunction with the 135th annual Saint Nicholas Christmas Bazaar. The deadline to make donations is November 1. For more information, please contact Betty Lou Dent at 913-1779.
Exploring Sabbath Retreat – The Women’s Ministry of the Diocese of the Rio Grande invites all women, lay and ordained, to the Exploring Sabbath Retreat on November 17-18 at the Bosque Center. The Rev. Monica Whitaker, formerly of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, and now rector of St. Andrew’s, Sedona AZ will be the retreat leader. Registration, including 3 meals, is $30. (Some 1/2 scholarships are available.) Single rooms at the Bosque Center are $52/night and must be reserved when you register. Register HERE. Contact Cindy Davis, Coordinator of Women’s Ministries, for more information.
The Holy Faith Library – In our classic book study, on Tuesdays, we have been delving deep into the Rule of St. Benedict. We learned that the daily reading of Scripture lies at the foundation of each day’s work. Reading and prayer as work is a way of living not many of us adhere to today. The Holy Faith Library has recently acquired The Saint John’s Bible, a modern version of the ancient Bible used by the St. Benedictine monks. We also acquired Illuminating the Word: The Making of the St. John’s Bible by Christopher Calderhead. Both The Saint John’s Bible and Illuminating the Word were commissioned by the St. John’s Abbey and University, Collegeville, Minnesota. The Making of the Bible describes lectio divina, the unique method the Benedictine monks used to read the Bible, in which the Scriptures come alive through the power of imagination. It explores the challenge of creating new images for ancient stories. Both the St. John’s Bible and The Illumination of the Word are now in our Library waiting for you to come and see what our contemporaries have created …. J.Cinader
Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving – The Missions and Outreach Committee is selling greeting cards which benefit organizations chosen as part of Holy Faith’s charitable outreach. They each say, in part, “a gift has been made in your honor … to help those in need in the community of Santa Fe and beyond.” The card is appropriate for giving any time of year, to recognize a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or other special occasion, or perhaps to honor the memory of a departed friend. This all-occasion card pictures the beautiful Good Shepherd stained glass window in the church. The photo featured on the card is the work of Holy Faith’s very talented Alexandra Ward. Cards are $10 each and may be purchased in the parish office or by contacting Mitzi Barker (955-8395). Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to honor your loved ones while helping others!
Additional Parking on Sundays – First Citizens Bank, a 2-minute walk from Holy Faith, is graciously allowing parishioners to use its parking lot Sundays. The bank is at 700 Paseo de Peralta. Its lot is at Marcy and Cienega streets. Parishioners should enter the lot off Cienega Street, opening an unlocked gate. The bank asks that parishioners always close the gate after them. Parishioners also can use the Peyton Wright Gallery parking lot, which is accessed off Paseo de Peralta.