Announcements for the week beginning April 5, 2020
Nursery – Cancelled Until Further Notice – 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.
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.
Kids Sunday Adventures – Cancelled Until Further Notice – Children meet each week in the Library right after the 8:30 service. We begin with healthy snacks and then tell stories, sing songs and do activities to learn more about the story of God, God’s people, His Church, and His love for us. Please join us.
Announcements for the bulletin and eblast are due by noon on Wednesday of each week. You can email them to email@example.com or call the parish office at 982-4447. Announcements may be subject to editing due to limited space.
In Response to COVID-19 – In compliance with Governor Lujan Grisham’s directive to close all non-essential businesses, the parish office and entire Holy Faith campus are closed until further notice. While Holy Faith is a religious community and not a business, and “churches, synagogues, mosques or other places of worship” are exempt from the directive, it is important that we model for our community the best practices in a situation like this, in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones, respect others in the community, and ensure that our health care system and other essential services are not overwhelmed.
It is our intent to offer a live-streamed Eucharist each Sunday at 10:00 a.m., available on www.holyfaithchurchsf.org, without an in-person congregation present. Your clergy and staff are working remotely and are available by telephone and email. Please be in touch if you need anything.
Please pray for one another, for all those affected by the coronavirus, and for a speedy end to this pandemic.
Yours faithfully in Christ,
A Prayer for Quiet Confidence (BCP p. 832)
O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Palm Sunday – As is our custom, we are delighted to have our bishop, the Rt. Rev’d Michael Buerkel Hunn, as our Celebrant and Preacher this Palm Sunday, although there will be no Ecumenical Blessing of the Palms on the Plaza this year. While the bishop will bless palms as part of the liturgy, the palms will be made available at a later time when we are all able to come back together. To join in the spirit of the day, consider wearing red in your own home as you watch the Palm Sunday service on Holy Faith’s website either as it is live streamed at 10:00 a.m. or afterwards as a recording. You may also want to consider looking around your property for any green branch (it doesn’t have to be a palm) that you can hang on your door to mark the beginning of this holiest of weeks. A tip of the biretta to The Deacon’s Bench for this beautiful idea for Palm Sunday. https://thedeaconsbench.com/a-beautiful-idea-for-palm-sunday/
Children’s Chapel via Zoom – This Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Children’s Chapel will be offered by Mother Pam in a Zoom format. Please look in your email for the invitation. If you don’t receive an invitation and would like to join us please contact Mother Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome always.
Morning and Evening Prayer – Holy Faith will offer Zoom Morning Prayer at 9:15 and Evening Prayer at 4:30 most weekdays from Monday, March 30th. If you are interested in participating, please email the parish office at email@example.com. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Holy Week & Easter Services to be Live Streamed –
Coptic Icon Painting Workshop at Holy Faith – Celebrate the Easter season with a five-week icon painting workshop led by Bonnie Hardwick. Participants will each write a Resurrection icon in the Ethiopian Coptic tradition. The experience will include an introduction to Coptic icons, instruction in technique, community interaction, and prayerful painting. No previous art experience is required. The icon is estimated to take 15 hours, so the first session will be Monday afternoon, April 20, 1-4 p.m., and then for four consecutive Saturday mornings, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., from April 25 through May 16. Sessions will be in the Youth Room. Cost will be $100: $50 to cover the cost of most materials; a $50 donation to the Holy Faith library for the purchase of much-needed Coptic icon books. Space is limited to 10. To register, contact Bonnie Hardwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 982-8505 by April 10.
Beware of Gift Card Scam – This scam continues to target churches across the country. Scam emails designed to look as though they have been sent by the rector or bishop requesting “a favor” prey upon the loyalty and generosity of church members. Do not be fooled – legitimate emails from Fr. Robin always originate from email@example.com. Fr. Robin will never email you asking for a gift card. The only email address that Bishop Michael will use for DRG business is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycle for Sight and Hearing Aid Recycling Program – The Capital City Lions Club collects used eyeglasses and hearing aids for distribution to those in need. If you have old or no longer needed eyeglasses, sunglasses or hearing aids, please donate them in the collection box that is near the back entry to Palen Hall or phone Sylvia Stevens at 946-0473 for more information. “Where there is a need, there is a Lion.”
Remember to use Amazon Smile for your Shopping –Holy Faith is part of the Amazon Smile program, through which recognized charitable organizations receive 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases. To sign up, visit http://smile.amazon.com. Once there, you will be asked to identify your favorite charity. In the search box enter “Church of the Holy Faith.” You will see a list of possible matches. Select the one that says “Church of the Holy Faith” with the information at right that says “Santa Fe” and “Incorporation Year 1863.”) You will now see the Amazon Smile logo in the upper left corner. The rest is easy. Just start shopping. Once you’ve selected your charity everything in Amazon behaves the same way you have been used to. Remember to use smile.amazon.com each time you shop. You have to think about it the first few times you return to Amazon, then it will come naturally. If you don’t hit smile.amazon.com, and you don’t see the Amazon Smile logo, then we will not get credit for your purchases. Remember to SMILE rather than WWW. If you already use smile.amazon.com and want to change your designated charity to Holy Faith, log on to smile.amazon.com, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Under “Pick Your Own Charitable Organization,” type in Church of the Holy Faith and click on the Search button. More than one option will appear, so make sure to select the one that says “Church of the Holy Faith” with the information at right that says “Santa Fe” and “Incorporation Year 1863.”)