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An Epiphany Message from Fr Edward
"They came from afar while following a star. They asked of a King where another "King" was to be born. They found Him and worshipped. They brought the three gifts fit for a King: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. They returned to the "East" from where they had come, BELIEVING!
That "King" in whom we believe and follow gave us who believe in Him, the gift of the Holy Spirit..
What gifts do you bring to Him.
We will be celebrating the 1st Sunday After Epiphany this Sunday at both the 8:00a service and at the 9:30a service. Look forward to seeing you...either in person or through the livestream broadcast.
I read this Sunday morning and it made me start thinking about the Silver Lining found in life’s cloud…”every cloud has a silver lining”
HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR SILVER LINING?
My favorite teacher always told us that "every cloud has a silver lining" and pushed us to look for the positive in every difficulty, promising
we will find it, IF we look.
As teenagers, we laughed and jokingly asked "what does she know?"
We would bring our most challenging situations to her and say,
"where is the good in that Mrs. McCarty?"
As I grew older, I found myself wanting to believe that there really are blessings in the dark clouds that signal storms.
After all, the Bible says " all things work together for good" 1
- is that what that means?
And then I learned the feeling and the meaning of HOPE 2
Years later, I know from my own experiences that Mrs. McCarty was right. And I know that you won't always
see the silver lining unless you seek it.
Sure it's not easy to find a ray of light on the darkest of days,
but as surely as God is in our every moment,
He offers Light for our path and
Words to encourage and support us at every step and turn.
And so, as you think back on 2020, will your thoughts be on the pandemic - the scourge of the earth in modern times?
OR will you find the blessings, the Godwinks, the special touches and the grace that marked His walk with us - the times and places where we can see that the Lord is true to His promise,
"I will never leave you or forsake you." 3 ©Lauren Kingsley Connection
HOW WAS YOUR 2020? Can you or have you found YOUR Silver Lining? Please comment and let us know! (If you are in need of prayers, a prayer team is at the ready.)
This a great reflection from Padre Jose Rodriguez!
Jesus, first a refugee in Egypt, and later an internally displaced refugee in Israel. The Second Sunday after Christmas is our feast day. Iglesia Episcopal Jesus de Nazaret chose for itself then name of Christ that most closely identifies with being a refugee immigrant. Many in our congregation are immigrants and refugees. Hear about how the Christ child incarnated as a refugee reaches into the lives of our members.
Please read today's Gospel and share with us in this reflection summarizing today's Spanish language sermon.
After the wise men had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I have called my son."
When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "He will be called a Nazorean."
Congratulations Padre Jose' Rodriguez!
I am humbled and honored to be nominated alongside many I admire and love, including my friend Representative Anna V. Eskamani. As I read through the nominees I see many causes that intersect with the work of the The Episcopal Church in Azalea Park. I am especially grateful to Laurie Abbate Schoomaker and her leadership of the Healing Hunger Food Pantry in flawlessly executing the Lord's vision for hunger relief in our shared community. The work we do is the united efforts of the people of God at Iglesia Episcopal Jesus de Nazaret and Christ the King Episcopal Church in Orlando, FL in Azalea Park. I am also grateful to Urbander for the continued partnerships through the Azalea Project.
It takes a community to do this work. Many share in this: our friends at Alianza for Progress for organizing the Azalea Park community to bring down the monument to Stonewall Jackson; to our friends at the Hispanic Federation and Florida Conservation Voters for supporting our food pantry; to our friends at Palante por Mas and Organize Florida for supporting us in our struggle for housing; and my friends at UCF Cares and Orange County, Florida Government for supporting our COVID-19 projects through CARES funding.
There are many others. Those named are specific to the efforts named in this article I also want to thank because the work we do is for the community.
A meditation from Fr Edward as we welcome in the New Year 2021…
Remember you are held safe. You are loved. You are protected. You are in communion with God and with those whom God has sent you. What is of God will last. It belongs to the eternal life. Choose it, and it will be yours. Henri Nouwen
Oh come all ye faithful...and join us for the Nativity of the Lord
Did you see Fr Blake's Children's Sermon last Sunday?
Right now, the church is celebrating Advent with Lighting of the Advent Wreath. Fr Blake's lesson last Sunday explains this celebration.
Tomorrow is the 4th Sunday of Advent, and we will light the 4th candle.
8:00a Rite One with the Lighting of the Advent Wreath.
9:30a Rite Two with Music, and with Lighting of the Advent Wreath. This service will be Livestreamed.
Look forward to you joining us...either in person, or in the comfort of your own home.
Covid protocols are in place. Please wear a mask.
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Just saw this posting about this past Saturday’s Food Giveaway, from Laurie Schoomaker with the Healing Hunger Food Pantry! What a blessing here at Christmas!
“I can sum up today in 2 words... "God provides"! Yesterday, I received an email telling me the Young Civitan group would not be able to volunteer. I put out a plea, texted a few people and put it in God's hands knowing He has always been faithful.
Well, turned out the email was sent to me in error and the Young Civitan Club did come to volunteer with their Santa hats on. The beautiful part of all this was the unexpected gift of volunteers who showed up without knowledge of the need!
A group from Allianza came with 2 carloads of baked goods, gallons of coffee and live music for the ALL to enjoy, but it was especially appreciated by the clients who drove through. We even had a visit from our Commissioner, Mayra Uribe, who blessed us with the cases of mac & cheese and pasta just a few weeks ago which was used in our giveaway bags today. Then, there were the volunteers who I haven't seen in a loooong time and some who came for the first time!
You may say it was a coincidence, I say it was answered prayer because God knew what we needed even before I asked! It was a great day to witness God's faithfulness to bless 251 families representing 1,037 people. God provided to overflowing!
Thank you to ALL who gave of themselves to make this giveaway wonderful for our community. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with God's richest blessings of good health and joy! Stay safe, Laurie”
Like Deacon Pat Roberts said…”An awesome witness of God's faithful provision.”
One of Healing Hunger Food Pantry's awesome volunteers, Ray Roberts. See his video showing this month's blessed Food Giveaway! Music, coffee, all our volunteers! A great day!
Back at it again! Giving back to the families in the community in need. Another record turn out!
Hello Family of Faith.... This message is from Fr Edward and Michele Keyser, Sr Warden: Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we unfortunately are having to cancel the 8:00a service tomorrow. Be assured, that we will let you know as soon as possible when we will restart the 8:00a service. In the meantime, the 9:30a service will go as scheduled; and will be livestreamed for those at home. God's Peace and Blessings to you all!
If you are interested in experiencing a healing service, come Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM and feel His presence. There’s nothing better than to know people are praying for you or your family member or friends. Come for the experience...
Be sure to watch the video of Laurie Schoomaker, Pantry Manager from the Healing Hunger Food Pantry! Her testimony, along with volunteers of this ministry is truly awesome!, and runs right after Fr Jose's prayer...
During this time of Covid, families are spending time together doing FAMILy activities! Board games have probably become more popular than in any other time!
Today, November 19th is National Play Monopoly Day…so gather around your table and play Monopoly in celebration. Who knew?! #playmonopoly
What is your family’s favorite board game?
Good Morning Christ the King! To catch today's live stream service join us on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcGzmpt2D-E
Laurie Schoomaker is thankful for all the assistance from all volunteers:
"Another beautiful day for our November Giveaway. Produce arrived right on time and so did 15 students from Lake Howell H.S. Civitan Club! So awesome to have this group join us and give of themselves today to serve 228 families representing 964 people. Today's clients also received a special food bag containing a delicious 2 lb. Mortadella, corned beef and Carmella vienna sausages as part of our Orange County CARES Grant.
I'm thankful for ALL our pantry volunteers who give of their time, talents and treasure to make our monthly giveaways possible! Until next month... stay safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
God bless you, Laurie"
See you next month at December's Food Giveaway...Dec 12th!
Just heard from Laurie regarding tomorrow's Food Giveaway from the Healing Hunger Food Pantry:
Just got word from Second Harvest that our 2 pallets of no-touch produce/dairy will be delivered bright and early at 7am! Good news for the folks who are first in line and missed the delivery last month! Even after those boxes are gone, we picked up lots of beautiful apples and eggs to be given away.
We also received a shipment of meat that was purchased with funds from our CARES grant. This will supplement our groceries and frozen meats from Second Harvest. Our families can expect to be doubly-blessed tomorrow!
I look forward to having the students from the Young Civitan Club of Lake Howell High School volunteering with us this month. I'm asking ALL volunteers to arrive promptly at 7a with closed-toe shoes and masks (of course). However, if you are not feeling well, please sit this one out... there's always another giveaway! See y'all in the am!
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