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July 22, 2020, 1:26 PM

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

 

A most blessed Feast of St. Mary Magdalene to you. At the end of this email is a lovely poem by Malcolm Guite, a priest in the Church of England and Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge.

 

Immediately following our 10:00 service this Sunday we will place the ashes of Morris and Ina Knapp, Carolyn Hough's parents, in the Memorial Garden. All are welcome to participate in this brief service.

 

We are again hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive, this time over two days--Wednesday, July 29th and Thursday, July 30th, from 10:00-4:00 both days. All donors will be tested for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies. You must have an appointment to donate; please click this link to schedule, and feel free to share the link with your friends, neighbors and coworkers. Only 7 slots remain for Wednesday, but 30 are still open for Thursday Thanks to everyone who volunteered at the blood drive last month, and to those who have volunteered to help next week; if you'd like to help too, please let me know which day(s) and time(s) you're available.

 

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. I am keeping a close eye on the numbers for Anne Arundel County, and I hope that we will be able to continue worshiping in person. Let me remind you of a few practices we all need to maintain in order to stay safe:

  • Please do not attend services if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has been diagnosed with the disease.
  • We all need to remain at least 6 feet apart from people not in our households at all times, including when coming forward for Communion. The green worship guides mark the places where you can sit and maintain that distance from others. I would prefer to avoid having to put tape down on the floor and pews, as other churches have done; if we can all follow this guideline, we won't need to mark up our worship space that way.
  • Masks must be worn at all times unless you are serving as a Cantor, Lector, Intercessor or Celebrant. If you leave your mask in the car, just grab one from the basket (and don't put it back).
  • Only the Cantor will sing the hymns and the service music. The rest of us may hum along, but wearing a mask doesn't begin to offset the increased risk of infection that singing presents versus normal breathing.
  • In order to avoid passing diseases along with the offering plate we ask you to leave your offering in the basin by the font as you come into church.
  • At the conclusion of the service please exit the building immediately so that we can minimize everyone's exposure. Some of us have been staying after the service for an outdoor coffee hour; feel free to sit at a picnic table or bring a chair, and be sure to keep 6 feet apart from people who aren't in your household.
  • In the event you test positive for COVID-19 please advise Fr. Jason immediately so that we may advise everyone else who was in church with you. The Ushers are keeping track of who is present at each service; these records are destroyed after 2 weeks.

Even as we are able to gather in person, we continue to live stream our Sunday service at 10:00 am via our Facebook page, our YouTube channel and our website. The bulletin, children's bulletin and Prayers of the People for this Sunday are attached to this email.

 

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address the needs of hungry people in our community. Our June Healing Sunday offering of $440 was given to Centro de Ayuda, an organization providing food aid to needy immigrants in Anne Arundel County. We have already collected well in excess of $600 for our July Healing Sunday offering, which will be given to Arundel House of Hope. You may make a special gift to the Healing Sunday offering by making a note on the memo line of your check or your electronic gift.

 

The Rector's Discretionary Fund is a means of enabling me to work on the church's behalf to care for those in need in our community. I am always glad to receive gifts to this fund (either electronically or by checks made out to St. Andrew's with Rector's Discretionary Fund on the memo line), especially at this time when need is increasing significantly. If you are facing job loss or a reduction in your income please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally.

 

Bishop Sutton has authorized clergy to hear confessions by phone or Zoom as well as in person. I am also once again permitted to anoint the sick in person. Please contact me either by email (priest@standrewspasadena.com) or phone (410-241-4838) to arrange for these pastoral services.

 

--Fr. Jason

 

 

St. Mary Magdalene

 

 

Men called you light so as to load you down,
And burden you with their own weight of sin.
A woman forced to cover and contain
Those seven devils sent by Everyman.
But one man set you free and took your part,
One man knew and loved you to the core.
The broken alabaster of your heart
Revealed to him alone a hidden door,
Into a garden where the fountain sealed,
Could flow at last for him in healing tears,
Till, in another garden, he revealed
The perfect love that cast out all your fears,
And quickened you with love’s own sway and swing,
As light and lovely as the news you bring.

 

--Malcolm Guite (2012)