WEEKLY SERVICESJoin us ONLINE for our services during this time of physical distancing.
YOU'RE INVITED TO COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONJoin with the St. Augustine Community at one of two virtual 'get-togethers' each Sunday. Each Coffee and Conversation will be offered via Zoom and will take place at 10am (prior to the 10:45am service), or 11:30am, (following the service). The casual socal meetings will last under 40 minutes, and offer a chance to say hello to friends, get to know each other better, and stay connected during this time of physical distancing. To participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link and password. You must be able to access Zoom from your home computer or Zoom app on your tablet or phone. We can't wait to see you this Sunday!
ZOOM BIBLE STUDYOn Wednesday, May 6th at 11:00 a.m. we will reconvene our Wednesday Adult bible study through the means of Zoom. During the four Wednesdays in May, we will take a critical look at the book of Malachi. This minor prophet is the last book listed in the canonical ordering of the Old Testament, and it is assumed that its name derives from the Hebrew word “my messenger.”
A separate link connecting you to Zoom will be sent out next Wednesday. If you need help downloading a Zoom app or getting connected on your phone or computer, please contact Ryan Garrett at: 405-751-7874 during office hours, or by email email@example.com.
As we all struggle in some way with our new "COVID reality," we find that many have a new struggle: to put food on the table. According to officials at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, those already facing hunger have been hit especially hard, but they're also seeing more first-time pantry visitors than ever. With the Food Bank's own ability to raise funds and make use of volunteers severely hampered, they are experiencing a 25% increase in average monthly distributions.
The Easter season - a time of new life, rebirth, and renewal - is an ideal time for us to work together to support the efforts of the Food Bank as they meet the needs of hungry men, women and children - our neighbors. In order to do this they have asked for monetary donations and The Vestry has agreed to match personal contributions dollar-for-dollar, with a goal of collecting $5,000 to be matched by $5,000 from the church budget - a total $10,000 contribution by Sunday, May 31st.
You can help relieve hunger in Oklahoma by making a tax-deductible contribution. Send your check to St. Augustine (14700 N. May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73134; Memo line: Food Bank) or by logging onto the Tithe.ly app and contributing by credit card. (Further directions for logging onto Tithe.ly can be found HERE.)
Financial commitments are vitally important to the ongoing work of our congregation. Continue to support the church financially in one of these ways:
NOONDAY SERVICES Join with the St. Augustine community via Facebook Live from the church Facebook page every Tuesday and Thursday at 12 noon for a brief 10 minute service. This will be led by rotation of clergy and lay people. A reminder will be sent out that morning with a link to our Facebook page and a link to the bulletin so you can follow along! You do not need a Facebook account to participate, our page is open to the public. You can access our Facebook page on your phone or computer and look for the live broadcast using the following link:
SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE Join us ONLINE this Sunday, April 26, the Third Sunday of Easter, at 10:45 a.m. on our YouTube channel. Click HERE for direct access to the service. Bulletin will be available with a link in our Friday announcement. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for notifications on when we are live broadcasting and post new videos!
YOU'RE INVITED TO COFFEE AND CONVERSATION Join with the St. Augustine Community at one of two virtual 'get-togethers' each Sunday. Each Coffee and Conversation will be offered via Zoom and will take place at 10am (prior to the 10:45am service), or 11:30am, (following the service). The casual social meetings will last under 40 minutes, and offer a chance to say hello to friends, get to know each other better, and stay connected during this time of physical distancing. To participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link and password. You must be able to access Zoom from your home computer or Zoom app on your tablet or phone. We can't wait to see you this Sunday!
OFFERING Financial commitments are vitally important to the ongoing work of our congregation. Continue to support the church financially in one of these ways:
Join with the St. Augustine community via Facebook Live from the church Facebook page every Tuesday and Thursday at noon for 20-minute service. The services will be led by rotation of clergy and lay people. Use this link to take you directly to the bulletin and follow along. You do not need a Facebook account to participate - our page is open to the public - just go to https://www.facebook.com/St.AugustineofCanterburyOKC/ on your phone or computer and look for the live broadcast.
SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
Join us ONLINE for the Second Sunday of Easter Morning Prayer this Sunday, April 19, at 10:45 a.m. Click HERE for direct access to the service. Bulletin will be available with a link in our Friday announcement. Subscribe to our channel so you can catch our next live service!
LENTEN OUTREACH PROJECT
Thank you for your generous donations this Lenten season! We were able to provide 1000 bottles of water, over 100 loaves of bread, 35 lbs of meat, 1044 slices of cheese, 925 bags of chips, and 410 apples. The Jesus House was appreciative of the donations shared with them!
A word of thanks goes to all who helped make our Holy Week services a meaningful experience during this time of "physical distancing." Special thanks goes to: Scott Chard, Karena Van Horn, Guy Nembhard, Randy Polk, John Potter, Chris O'Leary, Paige Dillard, Darin Herndon, Ryan Garrett and Fr. Joseph for developing and producing the many services. We are appreciative of the efforts of: Maridale Vanek, Claren Denning, Renee Lewis and Fr. Joseph who helped to create the glorious liturgical environment. We also would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all who have been watching and attending our virtual services.
Remember that your financial commitments are vitally important to the ongoing work of our congregation. If you are not able to make your offerings in person, you can mail them in or give electronically using our Tithe.ly app. Click HERE for a direct link. If you need any assistance with Tithe.ly or would like someone to personally process your payment email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Dear Family and Friends of St. Augustine,
It’s my prayer that this letter finds you safe, well-stocked, and comfortable. These last weeks’ unprecedented developments have brought us to a place that feels bewildering — like we’re strangers in a strange land -- even though we’re amongst the most familiar surroundings.
In talking and praying with many of you, I’ve found comfort in the fact that we are truly all in this together — and that our hearts and minds are constantly drawn together in the Spirit.
I’ve recently been thinking about our worship services during Holy Week and Easter. Of necessity, we won’t be able to walk through these days in our customary ways, or to experience specific rites that are precious and meaningful to us. However, new approaches to worship during these Holy days can bring new meaning to us.
I’d like to offer the following suggestions so that attendance at our “virtual” worship in the days ahead so that you can participate, rather than simply observe the services:
First, if you can, prepare a personal space for reverence. Our lives are incredibly compressed right now; in whatever way and to whatever extent it’s possible, I’d recommend determining where you’re likely to worship at home this week and making that place a little more holy. I wholeheartedly believe — and our scriptures bear out — that worship should be physical and sensory as well as intellectual and spiritual.
Make sure your seat is clear and comfortable. If it’s your custom to kneel during confession or prayer, have a pillow handy and space to take on that posture.
Place a candle or two in view and light them before services. Set a favorite icon or cross nearby. And don’t forget your nose — if you have incense, flowers, or herbs at the ready, incorporate them into your worship space, as well.
Special measures for special services: I encourage you to engage in the following particular ways to prepare for this year’s services:
Palm/Passion Sunday - If you are able, collect some sign of life, hope, growth, or renewal from your home or neighborhood this week: a flower blossom; a small branch from a tree; a leaf or sprig or frond from a houseplant. These will be the branches we raise for a blessing, and to celebrate the triumph of life in Christ, our ever-present hope. On the glorious day when we are able to reunite physically at St. Augustine’s, you will each be able to receive one of the palm fronds we are blessing on Palm Sunday.
Maundy Thursday – Our service will include the “Tasting of the Passover Foods” as part of the sermon. If you are able to assemble the following items, you can experience, as well as observe, this special tradition: a piece of matza bread, a hard-boiled egg, horseradish sauce, a bowl of salt water, a sprig of parsley or celery, a tablespoon or two of chunky applesauce, a piece of gyro meat (lamb), and a glass of red wine or grape juice.
Our Maundy Thursday service also customarily includes the rite of foot-washing, reminding us of Jesus’ lessons of holiness of humility, vulnerability and service. Because we will not be able to participate in this practice, I invite you to attend this service bare-footed.
The Feast of the Resurrection: Easter Day - It has been said that worship at SAC, can be boisterous at times. Continuing in the spirit and vein of that worthy compliment, I would encourage you find any bells, instruments, or noise-makers that you might have around your house, and play them joyfully on Easter, whenever you hear the word “Alleluia” said or sung in our worship.
Those of us who will serve at the church next week through recording and/or live broadcast will be keenly aware of your physical absence. However, we are uplifted by the sure knowledge that the same God who bridged the distance between heaven and earth “draws like cords around our hearts.”
Until we meet next, in “virtual” worship or in person, know that you are loved — by me, and all of St. Augustine’s clergy, Vestry, and staff -- and by the God who is our help at all times and in all circumstances.
Blessings to you and yours,