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QUOTE OF the Day

“My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.”

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— Aristotle (384 B.C.-322 B.C.)

UPCOMING: Advent, Christmas, Annual FESTIVAL

Dec. 15: 3rd Sunday of Advent

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This Sunday is Advent 3, Year A.

The Gospel verse from Matthew this Sunday has the verse where Jesus, speaking of John the Baptist, says: “Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” One commentator has noted that Jesus was saying that whatever the level of holiness one may achieve on earth, one needs to attain grace to be a member of the kingdom of heaven.

The lector this Sunday is Kay and the altar guild is B.T. See the vestment colors, the altar colors, the Bible readings and the liturgical calendar by clicking HERE and selecting the date. Note that a date’s color is the vestment and altar color for the day.

Christmas Schedule

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December 24, 7 p.m.: The Festival Holy Eucharist (Christ Mass).

December 25, 10 a.m.: Christmas Day, The Holy Eucharist.

Our Annual Celebration

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Jan. 19, 2020: The Annual Meeting. If you are on the vestry, please do a small (one-half page or so) report of the year.

IN THE NEWS: InnovaTionS on a Budget

Harry Potter Day at San Francisco Cathedral Combines Fun, Magic and Theology

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Based on the number of excited children who showed up to Harry Potter Day at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral on Nov. 16, 2019, you might find it hard to believe that the last book in the series was published 12 years ago. About 80 children — far more than the cathedral staff initially expected — from around the Bay Area came to make wands, play Quidditch and learn how prayer can fend off scary feelings. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

PHOTO: About 80 children participated in Harry Potter Day at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, on Nov. 16, 2019. Photo: Matthew Woodward.

Western Massachusetts Backpack Ministry Offers Supplies, Support for Women Released from Jail

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A small Episcopal congregation in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts is helping female prisoners adjust to life back in the community after their release with backpacks full of supplies and expressions of support. In three years, the “Love in a Backpack” ministry at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ashfield has assembled and distributed more than 100 backpacks for women released from a local jail and a women’s prison. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

PHOTO: Backpacks filled with supplies await distribution to women being released from prison. Photo: Diocese of Western Massachusetts, via video.

Diocese of Fort Worth Evangelism Campaign Seeks Out Those Wounded by the Church

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In October, the Diocese of Fort Worth in Texas launched an evangelism initiative “aimed at the unchurched, the dechurched, those wounded by the church, and those who sometimes are told that God hates them,” with a website as its centerpiece: godlovesall.info. The website is the brainchild of the Rev. Kevin Johnson, priest-in-charge at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Texas. Read the full story HERE.

PHOTO: Members of the Diocese of Fort Worth hold up banners at the Tarrant County Gay Pride Parade on Oct. 5. Photo: Diocese of Fort Worth.

In the News: The cost of Caring

“Yes in God’s Backyard”: California Churches Use Land for Affordable Housing

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Faith congregations across California are responding to the state’s housing crisis by sharing their parking lots with people living in their cars, providing mobile showers for the homeless and joining their neighbors in calling for rent control in their communities. According to a January 2019 report from the Public Policy Institute of California, the median home price in California is $552,100. The median rent is $2,800. Read the full story HERE.

PHOTO: An artistic rendering of the future St. Paul’s Commons in Northern California. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek would like to open its affordable housing complex in December or January. It’s called St. Paul’s Commons, and it will be a mixed-use development with community spaces operated by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. It will include 45 affordable apartments. Credit: Resources for Community Development.

Diocese of New York Establishes Reparations Fund, Adopts Anti-Slavery Resolutions from 1860

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At its annual convention on Nov. 8 and 9, the Diocese of New York established a task force to examine how it can make meaningful reparations for its participation in the slave trade. It committed $1.1 million from its endowment to fund the efforts the task force recommends. It also passed four resolutions condemning slavery, which had first been introduced by John Clarkson Jay — grandson of founding father John Jay, governor of New York and first chief justice of the Supreme Court — in 1860. Back in 1860 the resolutions were met with fierce opposition from the clergy and laity, many of whom were still profiting from the slave trade, and they had been tabled indefinitely until now. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

PHOTO: Wayne Kempton, archivist and historiographer for the Diocese of New York, displays the journal of the 1860 diocesan convention. Photo: Diocese of New York.

The Diocese of Georgia recently committed 3 percent of the its endowment to racial reconciliation and healing. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

Mississippi Churches Continue Support for Families Impacted by ICE Raids

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Almost four months after 680 people were arrested in the United States’ largest immigration raid in at least a decade, churches in central Mississippi are still caring for families who were separated when their loved ones were detained. Families have lost not only family members (detention or deportation), but paychecks. Local churches have launched various efforts, like the Morton United Methodist Church, which has collected over $100,000 to pay bills for people affected by the raid, and a Presbyterian church is collecting Christmas presents for the children. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

PHOTO: Federal authorities conduct a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement work site enforcement operation in Canton, Miss., on Aug. 7. Credit: Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

What does “Episcopal” mean?

The Episcopal Church is “Protestant, yet Catholic.” Episcopal means “of bishops.” The Episcopal Church traces its bishops (its ministers and clergy) and its origins back to the Apostles (the early followers of Jesus) via holy orders, which are a direct line of succession back to the time of Jesus.

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wikipedia.com, dictionary.com

For more of our rich history, click HERE or HERE. For a video tour of a typical Sunday service, with subtitled explanations, click HERE. For a simple textual outline of our church history back to the Protestant Reformation, click HERE.

About Us

Our Partners and Affiliates

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HANDY LINKS

Day Care

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We have leased space to Community Action Council to provide a daycare. Contact Melissa at (859) 233-4600 x 1208, or see their website by clicking HERE.

News and Views

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Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, recently generated new interest in the Episcopal Church at the Royal Wedding. See the story HERE. See Bishop Currys sermon HERE. See the “Saturday Night Live” spoof of Curry by clicking HERE.

Advent’s Building, Bell and Organ

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Read more about our Gothic revival building and history by clicking HERE and HERE. Curious about the bell in the tower? Click HERE. Read about our Jaeckel tracker organ HERE. Why red doors? Click HERE.

The Book of Common Prayer

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The BCP (our prayer book) can be found by clicking HERE for the PDF version or HERE for the text version (faster to load). The book’s history can be found HERE.

Our Hymnal

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Our hymnal is online, too. The 1982 version can be found by clicking HERE. It's a beautifully organized site.

Which Color? Reading? Saint?

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Scripture readings and vestment colors (the clergy clothes) for any day of the week, and the Saint of the Day, can be found HERE or HERE. On the altar guild? Check out floral designs HERE.

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