Announcements for the week beginning October 18, 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.
Daughters of the King – The Frederick B. Howden Chapter of the Daughters of the King will meet using ZOOM at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20. We will be continuing in “Love as God Loves” by Ute Stalford. Irma Gutierrez will be leading the discussion of Chapter 2, “Accept People as They Are”. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us so we can send you the Zoom instructions.
Upcoming Forum – On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2 p.m., Fr. Jim will continue his series on the parables of Jesus with a Zoom forum on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. On Friday, Oct. 23, Zoom links automatically will be sent to everyone who has attended a previous forum. If you haven’t attended but wish a link to this forum, email Fr. Jim at email@example.com.
Communion – Those who are not ready to return to Sunday services at Holy Faith but would like Communion brought to them may request a visit by contacting Fr. Jim Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Message from the Rector –
Thank you for your patience during this time when in-person worship was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you also to those of you who gave valuable input via personal conversations, written comments, and participation in the scheduled Zoom meetings about your views regarding reopening the church and what resumed worship services should look like. Following the diocesan guidelines concerning partially reopening and the governor’s public health orders, your Vestry has decided that Holy Faith can once again offer Sunday services, effective September 27.
Because of the diocesan guidelines and state health orders, Sunday services at Holy Faith will necessarily look different than before the pandemic. Only two Sunday Eucharists will be offered, at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The nave will be cleansed and disinfected after each service. To limit the time we are gathered together, the 8:30 Eucharist will be spoken with no singing. The 11:00 Eucharist will be spoken, with a cantor chanting the psalm and singing an anthem. To maintain social distancing, a limit of 48 people will be allowed in the nave, seated every other pew and alternating between the ends and the middle of the pews. After being checked-in, seating will occur from the front to the back in the order that the registered worshipers arrive so as not to cross paths. The rest rooms in Conkey House will be available, and it is advised to use them upon arrival because no one will be readmitted to the church once seated. Single use orders of service containing the entire printed liturgy can be taken; there will be no Prayer Books, hymnals, or Bibles in the pews. There will be no Gospel or offertory processions, but offering plates will be available at the doors. Passing of the Peace among households will be long distance only. Communion will be distributed in one kind only, the consecrated bread, with the sole priest present bringing the Sacrament to the people in the pews and placed on outstretched hands. Worshipers are encouraged to dress warmly because door and windows will be open to increase air exchange.
A reservation system will be used to facilitate attendance for the Sunday Eucharists. Reservations for the following Sunday can be made between 10:00 a.m. Monday and Friday noon, or until the particular Eucharist has reached the 48-person capacity, on the Holy Faith website or by calling the parish office. To make a reservation, the attendance guidelines that appear on the reverse of this letter must be agreed to.
At Holy Faith, we are commanded to love God and to love our neighbor. Your safety and the safety of others are important to us. We cannot eliminate all risk from worshiping in person, but we understand the desire of many to be able to receive the Sacrament, and want to do our very best to ensure that this can happen in as safe a manner as possible. We encourage those who are deemed as being a part of a vulnerable population, those who have underlying medical health conditions, or those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms as described by the CDC or Health Departments to refrain from attending in-person services at this time. We invite you to view the liturgies on the Holy Faith website, as both the 8:30 and 11:00 Eucharists will be live streamed and then available on Holy Faith’s YouTube channel.
Plans are underway to continue to offer on Sunday mornings Children’s Chapel via Zoom, but moving the start time to 8:30, and to offer Sunday School for older youth also via Zoom at 9:45. More details will be forthcoming. We also plan to hold our annual Blessing of the Pets on Sunday, October 4, at 4:00 p.m., in cars socially distanced in the parking lot, to celebrate our Patronal Feast of St. Francis. Once we evaluate how in-person worshiping on Sundays is proceeding, we will release details about the reopening of the parish office and the resumption of in-person Daily Offices and weekday Eucharists.
I look forward to the time when we can all worship together again. In the meantime, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch with me.
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.
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.
Children’s Chapel via Zoom – This Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Children’s Chapel will be offered by Children’s Chaplains in a Zoom format. If you would like to join us please contact the parish office for a Zoom invitation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Fr. Robin will never email you asking for a gift card. The only email address that Bishop Michael will use for DRG business is email@example.com.
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.”)