Saint Paul's Episcopal Church


Thomas and A Street - Altus, Oklahoma

Priest's Reflections


Dear Parish Family,
It appears that fall is about to arrive and our October Calendar of Events is a busy one.
The first major event will occur on Sunday, October 7, at our worship service with the visitation of The Rt. Rev. Wallis Ohl. Bishop Ohl is a retired Bishop chosen by our own Bishop Edward Konieczny to assist with annual visitations. This will be the first time Bishop Ohl has ever been to St. Paul's so we certainly want to give him a warm welcome. At this time we have no persons to be confirmed or received so it will be a regular worship service. There will be a covered dish luncheon after the service so that all will have the opportunity to visit with him and he will have an opportunity to get to know us. The Vestry will provide the fried chicken, rolls, and dessert. You are requested to bring your favorite casseroles, vegetables, salads or other side dishes. There will be a sheet in the parish hall for you to sign up and let others know what you plan to bring. Please sign up so that there might be a minimum of duplications. It is extremely important that everyone mark the date and be present on that day, OCTOBER 7.

The second major event will be the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday afternoon OCTOBER 14TH at 3:30 pm on the church lawn. This always takes place around the feast day of perhaps the most popular and well known of all the saints, St. Francis of Assissi. He was born in Italy around 1181 or 1182 and after a wild youth and a brief career as a soldier, Francis had a conversion that inspired him to renounce his family's wealth and devote his life to God. He is the patron saint of all animals and the environment and the saint that launched a million birdbaths, hundreds of thousands of statues, and the "occasional service" of the Blessing of the Animals in the church. This will be the 10th year that we have held such a service at St. Paul's. On the 14th we will honor and bless those special beloved members of our families who have fur, feathers, fins, or scales,---and more often than not---more than two legs! Yes, it is that day that we celebrate and give thanks for our pets. It is always great fun and sometimes even a little chaotic. There will be non-allergenic treats for the pets. Each pet and human companion will be individually blessed and each animal will receive their own special medal and certificate. All you need to do is bring your pet on a leash or in a crate and join the fun. If you don't have your own pet, come and enjoy those of others---and yes---we have even been known to bless special Teddy Bears and favorite stuffed animals. Please invite your neighbors and friends and their pets and come to be a part of this joyous occasion. Mark the date: OCTOBER 14TH, 3:30 PM.

The third major event is our annual Stewardship and Commitment Campaign. Each fall we see the farmers harvesting the fruits of their labor in preparation for the winter as the leaves begin to fall from the plants and trees. It is a time for reflecting and giving thanks for all the blessings which God has bestowed upon us this past year. And it is the appropriate time for us to prayerfully reflect upon the portion of our time, talent and treasure which we wish to return to God for His work in His church. In early October you will receive a letter with a special sheet upon which you may tell us what Commitment you wish to make. The various areas of service within the church will be listed for you to mark as well as a place to make your financial commitment. Please note that the financial amount is seen only by you, God, and the pledge clerk, it is strictly a private matter. It is important that all the people of St. Paul's complete this so that your Vestry may plan for the coming year of 2019. On SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, we will have our "Ingathering" of these commitments. On that day, during the offertory, each person or family will personally come forward to place their Commitment in the alms basin on the Altar. Then the Commitments will be blessed and we will continue the service with the Holy Eucharist.

Yes, October will be busy and the blessings great so be present and participate.

God's blessings to you always,










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