Ministering to the Northeast Area of San Antonio for over 50 years
 


OPPORTUNITIES

May 4, 2020


 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
This week's Events… 
  • EFM via Zoom - 7 p.m. - Monday May 4
  • Online Bible Study of 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus (The Pastoral Letters) - 10:00 a.m. - Thursday May 7
  • Online Worship - 9:00 a.m. - Sunday, May 10.
 
FOR A FULL CALENDAR OF THIS WEEK'S EVENTS CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR CALENDAR
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

RESTRICTIONS ON IN PERSON WORSHIP EXTENDED. Bishop Reed has extended the restrictions concerning in person worship through May 10. He has invited the active clergy to a Webinar this Tuesday (May 5) to discuss a strategy for reopening our churches. We will keep you updated.

FR. CHRIS IS WORKING FROM HOME.  For the time being, Fr. Chris is limiting his in-person visiting to pastoral emergencies and other situations that require my presence. He will only be at the office to collect the mail, listen to messages and and check the facilities. He is available by phone, text, or email, if you need him for any reason. His cell number is 210-268-6290 and email address is rector@church-resurrection.org.

PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS  As we spend this time in isolation, we are still capable of small acts of generosity.  Please continue your contributions to the Church as they enable larger acts in your name. You can either donate online via the Church website http://www.church-resurrection.org/give-with-us OR you can drop a check in the mail - The church address is 5909 Walzem Rd. Windcrest TX 78218. Thank you for your continued support - Dorcas Sampson, Sr. Warden.

ARTICLES AND ITEMS OF INTEREST
If you have an article or item of interest you would like published
in "Opportunities" please send it to office@church-resurrection.org

INDEED THE STIFE IS OVER

Of all the Easter hymns we’ve missed singing this year, The Strife is o’er, has an interesting history. It’s not just a lucky random piece that survived the years. Originally, a Latin hymn, it was translated to present form by Francis Pott in 1861.

The unusual parts are the antiphonal Alléluias sung before the hymn and after. This is a most triumphal Easter Hymn and used often at funerals. The tune we use was written by Giovanni Palestrina, known as the red haired priest. Palestrina was a very influential musician of the 16th century. Enjoy the hymn done as should be with all the bells and whistles!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jGVazujx9Lc
 

THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY - MAY 7 AT 10:00 AM VIA ZOOM

We are studying The Pastoral Letters (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus) at our Thursday morning bible study. This week we will be looking in depth at 1 Timothy 2:1-15. Here are some discussion questions that will guide our conversation.
  1. How are Paul's instructions on worship reflected in the liturgy of the Episcopal Church? The church you grew up in?
  2. What worship attitudes are you cultivating? Do you want to cultivate?
  3. In verses 1-4, for whom is Paul asking that prayers be made? For what purpose?
  4. How does your  attitude change toward someone when you pray for them? pray with them?
  5. According to verses 8-9, what can interfer with proper worship and prayer? What can help?
  6. Are verses 9-15 meant for all times and places or for a particular problem at Ephesus? Why or why not?
  7. How does Christ affirm out worth even when others do not?
Join us next Thursday (May 5) at 10:00 a.m. Here is the link you will need: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83322341114. You can also call  in: (346) 248- 7799     Meeting ID: 833 2234 1114
 

VIRTUAL MORNING PRAYER ON SUNDAY MAY 3 AND THE FUTURE OF OUR ONLINE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE

We continue to gather for worship via "Zoom Video Conferencing."  Here is a recording of our service yesterday morning.


https://youtu.be/LreKLMckH-o

Plan to join us next week at 9 am. You can participate via computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you chose to use a tablet of smartphone you will need to download the "Zoom" app. If you need help logging on, email or text Fr. Chris this week and he will do a dry run. 

As we begin to move toward reopening the church campus, we will be moving away from the Video Conferencing format toward a live-stream format. We hope this live-stream format will become a regular feature of out Sunday worship. It can be used by those who can't get to church or to introduce our friends and family to worship at Resurrection.
 

CARES ACT CHARITABLE GIVING INCENTIVES

Here is some information for the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) regarding charitable giving incentives for 2020...

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes several provisions that may affect charitable giving this year. 

New charitable deduction for taxpayers who do not itemize. Beginning in 2020, individuals can deduct $300 in charitable contributions from their gross income even if they do not itemize their deductions. Donations must be made in cash to a charity. Gifts of appreciated securities, and gifts to a donor advised fund or supporting organization, do not qualify. 

No cap on charitable deductions for taxpayers who do itemize. Donors who itemize their deductions can usually deduct cash contributions up to 60% of their adjusted gross income. For 2020, that cap is lifted, and donors contributing cash to charity may deduct up to 100% of their income, a significant tax savings for anyone able to contribute larger amounts. Again, this is only for gifts of cash, and only for gifts made directly to charity (not to donor-advised funds or supporting organizations).

No required minimum distributions, but qualified charitable distributions still possible. The CARES Act eliminates required minimum distributions (RMDs) from many retirement plans in 2020. Some donors use their RMDs for tax-advantaged charitable gifts by making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) directly to charity. Under the CARES Act it is still possible for donors who are 70½ or over to contribute up to $100,000 directly to a charity without paying tax on the distribution. This remains a beneficial way for donors to make gifts to your church.

The CARES Act is a complex new law. This memo is intended only as a summary of provisions that may be important for church stewardship efforts. Donors should always consult with their own professional advisors before making a gift.

BIRTHDAYS

Patricia Lovelady (5/4), Jeanne Parsley (5/6), Lynda Quinn (5/6), Mary Chestnutt (5/8),
Marva Cooper (5/9)

Watch over your children, O Lord, as their days increase; bless and guide them wherever they may be. Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their hearts may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


ANNIVERSARIES

Eddie and Jeanne Parsley (5/6)
 
O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ and his Church: Send therefore your blessing upon these your servants, that they may so love, honor, and cherish each other in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
 
PRAYER LIST ADDITIONS
 
All those infected with COVID-19, Rosalie, Ron, Rebecca, Lynn
 
Almighty God, giver of life and health: Send your blessing on all who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or any other adversity, and upon those who minister to them, that all weakness may be vanquished by the triumph of the risen Christ; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Prayer requests are kept in this list and in the prayers of the people until the end of any given month unless otherwise requested. 
 
POINTS OF CONTACT
 
If you are interested in joining any of the following groups, please email the point of contact. All of our ministries are open groups and anyone can join. Some ministries require training. If you're not sure where you're being called to serve, Fr. Chris is available to talk with you about it.
 
Worship Leaders: Fr. Chris: (rector@church-resurrection.org)
Music: Cheryl Sanders (
cheryl.sanders3@me.com)
Vestry: Dorcas Sampson (tante_d@att,net)                                            
Altar Guild: Gera Chestnutt (
gerachestnutt@yahoo.com)     
Daughters of the King: Andrea Knight (aknight1959@hotmail.com)
Boy Scouts: Kathy Cranford (
Purple2005Lady@gmail.com)
EfM: Larry Morgan (larry-marie-morgan@sbcglobal.net)
Foreign/Domestic Missions: Ferol Senter (bobferol@sbcglobal.net)
Godly Play: Misty Whitney (aandm10@att.net) 
Pastoral Care Team: Alan Whitney (aandm10@att.net)

Mission to the Neighborhood: Jay Buzzini (buzzini@sbcglobal.net)
Our mailing address is:
5909 Walzem Rd
Windcrest, TX 78218
Phone: 210-655-5484
Email:
office@church-resurrection.org
www.church-resurrection.org


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