August 01, 2015

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness;
and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen. Collect for August 30

The dog days of summer… August is upon us.

July was full of activity, and August is kicked off with the Homecoming “Mass in the Grass” and Picnic. Preparation for Homecoming included Saturday clean up day and completing the parish hall painting. Cokie was instrumental in painting the parish hall – she is ready to come help clean up, too – bunnies beware.

Our Homecoming service at 10:00 will include blessing of backpacks, students, teachers, parents, and all of the collected school supplies for donation to the Douglas/ Elbert County Task Force. So… please bring your donations on or before Sunday!

August is the time for the last chance get-a-ways of summer before fall comes, and Ron and I will be among those who head for a family reunion. Ours is in Ohio, third week of August. I assure you I did not choose the date! Hot, yes, it will be hot – but it will be good to see family, so I will remind myself of that when I am hot and grouchy. Throughout August, as we face some heat here, too, I will keep hours at the office W-F, 9:00 am- Noon. Wednesday Noon Service will continue, and I can be at the parish hall by ap- pointment, but generally, mornings at the church will be the rule.

Ending August, August 30 the last Sunday of the month, is our Open Forum Meeting with the Bishops Committee. We will take a look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. It’s a great day for our Forum ~ it will mark our one year anniversary together – my first day at St. Philip’s one year ago was the last Sunday of August, August 30, 2015. So, we can do a year in review and take stock of all that St. Philip’s has done, as we prepare to begin a new year… we will be heartened, for we have been busy!

Come and share your thoughts, hopes and dreams for the year ahead. And take heart! God has given us important work to do here in the valley and the world. Together we will make our plans to bring forth the fruit of good works God has planned for us, and to do so with joy and thanksgiving.

Mission Statement

To share the joy and acceptance we find in Jesus Christ by offering warm hospitality, per- sonal prayer, healing ministries and worthwhile service to the wider community.

Announcements:

Backpack Supplies and Blessing Believe it or not, it is nearly time for school to resume! SO- it is time to bring school supplies, backpacks, etc for delivery to the Task Force to help all children go to school with new supplies. Bring them to the narthex, and put supplies in one basket, food in the other. Also for School – we will do a Back to School blessing, and send off backpacks, the students, teachers and parents at the August 2 Homecoming Service – Come and pray for a challenging, life-filled year for all.

Altar Servers’ Training – Saturday August 15, 10:00 at the church- if you have served or are ready to be trained to serve as Acolyte, Chalice Minister, Lector/Reader, Usher… this is for you. Please let me know if you can come on the 15th, and if that day and time is not good for you, suggest an alternative, and we’ll do two trainings. Thank you for serving!

Planning for fall – School coming means fall and the new church program year is coming up as well. If you are willing and able to help with programming and care of our youth and children as summer comes to an end, please step up – you are definitely needed.

The New Directory is coming – your input is needed. Please check out the draft that shows what information the church has and edit that info as needed: the second draft is in the Parish Hall – ready for review. As last week, please take a few moments to check out your name – if it’s not there, please add it!  And, write legibly any changes or additions or corrections, and fill in any missing info.  And stay tuned – a new photo directory with accurate and up to date information will be coming this fall!

Hooper Memorial Bench- Just as you enter the Parish Hall, there is a collection box for donations for a bench to be placed at the playground in memory of Helen and Murrell Hooper. Please check out the bench, and if you can, donate to help make this happen.

End of Life Issues – If you have interest in helping, planning is underway for a session on end of life issues, and for grief support. You are most welcome to add your thoughts. Stay tuned for more information.

Grief Group Coming: New Century Hospice grief support group will begin this fall. It will be a six-week grief support group meeting on Wednesday evenings from September 23 through October 28 at the New Century Hospice office in Castle Rock. The group is offered free of charge as a service to our community. The group is kept intentionally small (maximum of 10 to 12 people) in order to allow for the best group process. If people are interested in attending the support group, they may contact our Bereavement Coordinator, Dr. Steve Fehl, at 303-660- 6107 for more information.

Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object to your senses.

C.S. Lewis in The Weight of Glory

Vicar Janet