Saint Paul's Episcopal Church


Thomas and A Street - Altus, Oklahoma

Priest's Reflections

Dear Parish Family,

I received a message on Facebook that has helped me to cope more effectively with this very challenging time in which we find ourselves. I have even placed a copy on my refrigerator where it serves as a daily reminder. May you also find it to be a helpful reminder.

"Sometimes I just want to stop. Talk of COVID, protest, looting, violence, brutality, and vitriolic political commercials. I lose my way. I become convinced that this "new normal" is real life. Then I met an eighty-seven-year-old man who talks about living through polio, diphtheria, Vietnam protest and yet is still enchanted with life.

He seemed surprised when I said that 2020 must be especially challenging for him. "No," he said slowly, looking me straight in the eyes. "I learned a long time ago not to see the world through the printed headlines, I see the world through the people that surround me. I see the world with the realization that we love BIG. Therefore, I choose to write my own headlines. "HUSBAND LOVES WIFE TODAY". "FAMILY DROPS EVERYTHING TO COME TO GRANDMA'S BEDSIDE." "MY CHILD CELEBRATED HIS BIRTHDAY TODAY." He patted my hand. "OLD MAN MAKES NEW FRIEND."

As we move into fall, we will begin to provide several small group opportunities at the church. Most will take place in the Parish Hall where there is adequate space to have proper social distancing and we will wear mask. We will begin a study of the gospel of Mark on Wednesday, September 16th, at 6:00 p.m. At the first meeting the group will help determine how long we will meet time wise.

On Sunday, October 4th, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have our traditional blessing of the Animals on the church lawn at 3:30 p.m. You will be hearing more about this event as plans are completed.

Bishop Poulson Reed will make his visitation to St. Paul's on Sunday, December 13th, the third Sunday of Advent. In preparation for this visitation we will begin a Confirmation Class in October. Final plans will remain in limbo regarding a meal due to COVID. Time will tell.

During the month of September, the "Food Basket" will be present in the narthex to collect food items for the Operation Care Food Pantry. There is a great need in our community and this is our opportunity to be generous and help those who are struggling economically.

Take note that we have started a "No Coffee Fellowship Time" on the front lawn after the worship service on Sundays.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Be a Good Neighbor. Keep the faith and together we will get through this!

Blessings always,
Mother Suzanne









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