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


OPPORTUNITIES

April 27, 2020


 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
This week's Events… 
  • EFM via Zoom - 7 p.m. - Monday April 27
  • Online Bible Study of 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus (The Pastoral Letters) - 10:00 a.m. - Thursday April 30
  • Contemplative Payer via Zoom - 10:00 a.m. - Saturday May 2
  • Online Morning Prayer Rite 2 - 9:00 a.m. - Sunday, May 3
 
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 for an additional 2 weeks. We will continue to keep you updated.

VIRTUAL MORNING PRAYER. We continue to gather for worship via "Zoom Video Conferencing." 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. 

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

THURSDAY BIBILE STUDY - APRIL 30 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 morning we discussed the background and themes of the letters and next week we will be looking in depth at 1 Timothy 12-20. Here are some discussion questions that will guide our conversation this week.
  1. How does Paul understand his relationship with Jesus? How do you understand your relationship with Jesus?
  2. What was Paul like before he knew Christ? What was your life like before you knew Christ.
  3. According to Paul, why did Jesus come into the world? How did he accomplish this? Are there any other reasons why Jesus would have come into the world?
  4. Why is someone like Paul such a good witness to unbelievers? How do you feel about talking about your past life when you share your faith?
  5. What does it mean to "fight the good fight?"
  6. What do you need from God, yourself and the community to hold on to faith and a good conscience?
  7. With how much certainty do you feel redeemed - that is the payment for your sins has been made?
  8. Where do you need God's mercy and unlimited patience in your life right now?
Join us next Thursday (April 30) 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
 

COME YE FAITHFUL RAISE THE STRAIN - HYMN 199
Cheryl Sander

Come Ye Faithful,raise the strain is one of our favorite Easter hymns. Organists, in particular, can relate to raising the strain by the time, the last service has been played! This year was sadly different! We missed the exuberance of all singing this Easter oldie. And this hymn is old, written by St. John of Damascus in the 8th century. John had lived a life of ease until he joined the monastery outside of Jerusalem. John was a prolific writer of hymns, theology, philosophy and defender of icons of the Eastern church. He was one of the first to codify Byzantine chant. The joy of the Resurrection never fades... even 1300 years later. The tune used is by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert and Sullivan fame.

Come Ye Faithful
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pJWNdj6e7bg
 

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

Josh Brannan 5/1
 
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

William and Susan Filippini (5/2)
 
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
 
Caroline, Cynthia, Dan and Barbara, Sue, Jode, The Richey Family, All those infected with COVID-19, Rosalie, Ron, Rebecca
 
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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