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Worship online at 10 am
Sunday 21 June 2020
The Third Sunday after Pentecost

https://www.ststephensth.org/live  
Lessons-Proper 7A

 

Your prayers are asked for:


Sheila Carl, Sally Newlin, Ray Snyder,
Linda Hegedus, Robin Rolt, Megan Price,
Richard Hillier, Jonnee Western,
Terry Persinger, John Bonner,  Lane Clark, 
Martha Hafner, Ellie Thomas, Mike Hayden, 
Jason Paradowski, Ashley Richey, Joe Kuhn,
Justin Mendoza, Aaron Campbell

Gene England (6/22), Douglas Carl (6/23),
Margaret Bruning (6/24), & Patricia Armstrong (6/25), 
celebrating birthdays

Ellie & David Thomas (6/20), 
celebrating their marriage anniversary 

Joanna Benskin, our postulant

Centenary United Methodist Church,
Central Presbyterian Church,
United Campus Ministries,
Second Christian Church

Waycross Camp and Conference Center,
its Director, Camp Counselors, Staff and Campers;
St. Alban’s, Indianapolis, The Rev. Debbie Dehler;
Dioceses of Brasilia, Haiti, and South Sudan

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion),
The Most Revd Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba,
Metropolitan & Primate of all Nigeria & Bishop of Abuja

 

Bishop Jennifer will be with us 

next Sunday, June 28,

for online worship at 10 am,

virtual coffee hour at 11 am,

and will meet with the Vestry at Noon. 


From the Rector
  
Dear Friends in Christ,

In mid-May, the bishop sent guidelines for the process of locally deciding about in-person gatherings. Revised guidelines were released two weeks ago. Our congregation has begun the process within those guidelines. You may find the guidelines here.

I wanted to outline some of the primary pieces:
All congregations in the Diocese of Indianapolis are permitted, with approval, to begin to have in-person worship. To receive that approval, the congregation must submit a proposed action plan that demonstrates it is prepared for the significant impact the COVID pandemic will have on any public gathering.

Conditions for Approval
The congregation must be located in a county that has declining infection rates. It also must demonstrate that the county health department is able to test all people.

Expectations
The congregation must ensure social distancing and the following of health guidelines. It is our responsibility to ensure that every person wear a mask, every person be known so that in a case of infection the state could trace contacts, and that the people in our charge be kept safe. Those over 65 are strongly encouraged to remain at home.

Impacts
The direct impact of these expectations is that opportunities to share and be in each other’s presence would be significantly limited. Points of contact–things that people touch, like light switches and door knobs must be limited. As is access to the building. Anyone without a mask will not be allowed in the building during worship.

For us, that would mean that you may not be able to sit in your favorite spot, there would be no coffee hour, and use of any part of the building (even the bathroom) would be essentially emergency use only.

Friends, it is achingly difficult to be apart like this. And yet our Bishop has offered us a very prudent, thoughtful, and decent roadmap for reentry. It is both based in evidence and ethics. Our desire to be together is not the only factor, nor are the decisions of our neighbors. The Bishop has a moral responsibility to keep all of us safe and her counsel is wise.

You will be hearing shortly from our task force. I wanted you to be aware of the current expectations and guidelines from the diocese.
 
Grace and Peace,
Drew

Treasurer Table Talk
Right about now, I could use a donut, a cup of coffee, and good conversation at a round table. How about you?  St. Stephen’s could use your pledge dollars!
The month of May was financially challenging as our basic needs exceeded our pledge income by $10,000. Please use any of the three methods below to catch up on your pledge.
I’m looking forward to our new normal together. Peggy Allen 

Here are three ways you can do that:
1) Mail a check to the church.
2) Use online banking to have your bank send a check directly.
3) The diocese is now processing online gifts on behalf of the
church. So you may go to https://onrealm.org/indydio/-/give/covid19 
and your pledge will come to St. Stephen's.

While the church building is dark, there is light still shining. 

Manna From Seven is still distributing food and some hygiene items on Fridays.  They are still providing laundry services and putting food in our blessing box. 

They could use our help.  How?  By sending them either a check or a Walmart gift card to help purchase needed items.  Your monetary donation is tax deductible. 

Please make checks payable to Manna from Seven, Inc and mail to their treasurer:  Mike Cahill, 9730 Conner Cr, Terre Haute IN 47802

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Deby Veach at
217-251-7239 or dveach53@yahoo.com    Thank you

Diocesan Newsletter for June 17
Revised Diocesan Reopening Plan

Our church building is closed for until further notice. 

Drew and Dennis are available by phone and email 
see below. 
Dennis will check mail periodically 
and deposit offerings at least twice a month. 

Bread for the World's Offering of Letters

The loss of jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic is behind a troubling increase in food insecurity in our community. Bread for the World is a Christian advocacy group urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Congregations all over Indiana are participating in the Bread for the World letter-writing campaign to encourage legislators to support nutrition programs. 

"It may not seem like much, but your contact can make a big difference," says the Rev. Fatima Yakubu-Madus, missioner for community engagement. "Legislative staff people tell us that if a lawmaker gets 10 letters on a topic, many of them start doing research on the issue. So, my goal is to contact and equip at least 100 letter writers."

Yakubu-Madus asks congregations keep track of the number of letters they send and email her with this information. "We can use those numbers in conversations with our lawmakers," she says.
Download a Bread for the World letter writer's toolkit

Concerned about what's going on in your
community and country?

Do something! 
Join forces with the
Episcopal Public Policy Network!

Click the link at the bottom to sign up and make your voice heard.
 
   
The Episcopal Public Policy Network is grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to "strive for justice and peace" through the active ministry of public policy advocacy. The Bible calls us to "speak up for those who cannot" and "defend the rights of the poor and needy." (Proverbs 31:8-9)  As seekers of justice, we can answer this call through public policy advocacy.  It takes us beyond the avenues of Christian charity to the work of justice.
     The Office of Government Relations plays a key role in carrying out the mission of The Episcopal Church by bringing the experiences and values of our faith into decisions about our nation’s public policy.
     The Office of Government Relations (OGR) represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. and helps to shape the discussion of political issues throughout the Church. OGR aims to influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally. All policy positions are based on General Convention and Executive Council resolutions, the legislative and governing bodies of the Church.
  • Creation Care: As we are called by God to care for creation, The Episcopal Church supports policies that protect the natural resources that sustain all life on Earth. We advocate for policies that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable energy and the safe and just use of natural resources, and support communities impacted by a lack of environmental stewardship.
  • Racial Reconciliation: Racial reconciliation is a core component of our work, guiding and informing advocacy engagement. The Office challenges long-established policies that perpetuate systemic racism and injustice and strives to change legislation that continues to harm communities of color. The Episcopal Church aims to bring a perspective of transformation to public policy in order to heal communities that have been the most marginalized and discriminated against.
  • Ending Poverty: We advocate for policies that will eliminate poverty and help people live with dignity, both in the U.S. and internationally. We advocate for federal programs that provide development assistance and humanitarian relief, including education and healthcare initiatives, as well as support for social safety net programs, care for veterans, and other U.S.-focused anti-poverty initiatives.
  • Migration, Refugees & Immigration: As a Church, we are committed to advocating for policies that respect the dignity and worth of every human being- including protecting asylum, advocating for Dreamers & TPS holders, advocating for alternatives to detention, and urging long-term protections through comprehensive immigration reform. We work to protect the human rights and safety of refugees by supporting the refugee resettlement work of Episcopal Migration Ministries and advocating for robust refugee resettlement policies.
  • Human Rights & Peacebuilding: The Church supports legislation and policies that protect human rights and prevent atrocities, promote gender justice, and build peace. We partner with non-U.S. Episcopal diocese and provinces throughout the Anglican Communion to work towards justice. 
     We are one of a group of offices that make up the Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church team. Through collaboration with the other three offices, building on knowledge, relationships, and skill sets, our advocacy grows richer and more effective.
     Additionally, the Office of Government Relations works to educate, equip, and engage Episcopalians through the Episcopal Public Policy Network. As a Church, we raise our voices to ensure that U.S. government policies are in line with our values as Episcopalians and Christians. 
EDUCATE
Explore EPPN resources to better understand current public policy issues. Learn more about official church policies that support our advocacy positions.
EQUIP
Build relationships with elected and government officials with guidance from the EPPN. Learn how to have the greatest impact on issues that matter to you.
ENGAGE
Sign-up for strategically-timed action alerts on critical legislation and policy initiatives at the federal level. Alerts provide instructions for contacting government officials, as well as sample letters or call scripts.
We engage in advocacy because federal government legislation and policies affect Episcopalians, our brother and sister Anglicans around the world, and the most vulnerable among us. Together, we can help our nation's legislation and policies to become more just.

Opportunities to get involved:
Get to know your neighbors/community and what keeps them up at night
Episcopal Relief and Development
Partner with Faith in Indiana, Moms Demand Action, Indiana Bread for the World, Indianapolis JCRC, and other Organizations supporting our priorities
Signup for EPPN alerts: https://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/theEPPN
Commit to Vote and register others to vote
Call, write, and visit your legislators
We invite you to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @TheEPPN.


St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
215 North Seventh Street
Terre Haute, Indiana 47807-3103
Phone: 812-232-5165
Web site: www.ststephensth.org
Worship times: Sunday at 8 & 10 am; Thursday at 12 noon

The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of Indianapolis
The Reverend Drew Downs, Rector — rector@ststephensth.org
             Rector's cell phone — 770.755.8067
The Reverend Deborah J. Veach, Deacon — deacon@ststephensth.org
Dennis Dieken, Organist/Choirmaster/Secretary — officeadmin@ststephensth.org

 
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