I was especially gratified by the active response to my sermon last Sunday, with a good number of folks seeking ways to respond to the hardships of federal employees either furloughed or working without pay during the government shutdown.
I highlighted, as one group, the burdens of those serving in the Coast Guard (and their families), which we know, has such an important historical connection with the Cape. In particular, junior enlisted servicepeople are at great risk during a shutdown. Even if they are eventually paid, they have to undertake actions, now, that significantly damage their limited monetary resources in the long term. And, as military servicemembers, unlike some others, they don’t even have the option of quitting, and doing something else.
Unfortunately, federal law limits Coast Guard members’ ability to accept help. However, there is a legal, and very apt way we can do so: Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (please see the link, below).
Yes, civilians may contribute! This is a highly reputable organization that gets help to those who need it most.
So many are affected by the shutdown. And there are different groups you might support—and different things you might do, in response. But I offer this as a strong option, and commend it to you wholeheartedly.
Of course, it’s profoundly regrettable that we have to engage such a quandary, in the first place. But, as the People of Jesus, let’s do what he enables—and calls—us to do.
Thanks and Blessings,
Adam Linton +
Annual Meeting of The Church of the Holy Spirit : The Annual Meeting of The Church of the Holy Spirit will be held in the Parish Hall at 11:30 am on Sunday, February 10, 2019. In the event that a weather emergency requires the cancellation of this meeting, it shall be held on February 24, 2019, same time and place.
End of year 2018 Pledge Offering Statements are available in the Reception Room. They are labeled alphabetically with your name. The more that are picked up, the fewer we have to mail!
Sunday, January 20: ADULT EDUCATION – in the Fireplace Room, 9 am. We continue working our way through Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. This is a lively, interactive Bible study, led by Adam+. No homework required! Just come, in spirit, mind, and heart.
Sunday, January 20: The Book Discussion Group – We will continue reading Walter Brueggemann’s “A Gospel of Hope” after the 10 am service in the Fireplace Room, reading the Preface and first three chapters to p 36. All are welcome! Brooke and Brian Skea
Sunday, January 20: The Brewster-Dennis Shepherd Group will meet at the home of Nancy Ludewig, 1510 Long Pond Road, Brewster at 5:30 p.m. For directions call Nancy at 774-323-0032 and for any other questions call Elizabeth Merritt at 508-240-6998.
Annual Report Notice: If you haven’t done so yet, please send your Annual Report to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
ERIC IN THE MORNING: JAZZ, JOY AND JUSTICE! The Martin Luther King annual breakfast at CHS this year will feature Eric Jackson of PBS’s Eric in the Evening, who will demonstrate through music, stories and video clips how jazz, gospel and freedom music has and continues to empower the African-American struggle for freedom and justice. Monday, January 21 at 8:30 am, in the Parish Hall. Please preregister as this event always draws a capacity crowd. To register email or call Ken Campbell+ email@example.com or 413-478-5719.
Church School News – January 27: A children’s service with Labyrinth will be held in the Gathering Room at 9:45 am led by Gail Smith. February 10: A Valentine card making table for children will be set up during the Annual Meeting so parents’ can attend. During the 10 am service, a children’s instructed Eucharist will be held. The Coffee Hour following will include a light lunch buffet for everyone before the Annual Meeting. February 8, 9 and 10: A group from Holy Spirit will attend a high school retreat at the Barbara Harris Camp. Questions? Please email or talk to Matt Thompson our Youth Leader at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHS FEATURED ARTIST: This past October, our Church School Families went on a retreat to the Barbara Harris Episcopal Camp in Greenfield, NH. An exhibit of this extraordinary adventure is featured in the Gallery for the month of January. Please make time to see all the wonderful photos and art that are fond memories of our spirit filled family retreat. While you are in the Gallery – sign up to exhibit/sell your art/craft/gift for one month in 2019. Set up the first day of the month, take down the last day the month. Art is a tradition at CHS!
FREE SHOP: Your Winter clothing donations are most welcomed. We are open Monday: 12 Noon to 3 pm and Wednesday: 10 am to 1 pm. Donations can be dropped off during shop hours or placed in the box outside the shop door any time the parish hall is open. Did you know that it takes 18 CHS volunteers to run the Free Shop? Right now we have 14 extremely dedicated, loyal and faithful volunteers! Now is the time to add your name to the list. Please consider working one Monday (noon to 3) or one Wednesday (10 to 1) each month. Men and women volunteers are welcome! Needed: Paper shopping bags with handles. Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton – email@example.com – 508 255 7277.
HEALTH MINISTRIES COMMITTEE: Tips of the month from the Health Committee: It’s not to late to get your FLU SHOT and good HAND WASHING promotes good health! Find useful information at the health table after services on Sundays or on the desk in the Reception area. Ann Pike-Paris, Chair
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