COVID-19 TIME AND TALENT FORM
Please take a moment to prayerfully fill out the COVID-19 Time & Talent form and return it to the church. You can mail it to the church, drop it by the church office, bring it to an evening Vespers Service on August 30 or Sept 13, or email it to our secretary, Marcia Wear (firstname.lastname@example.org
September 13th SERVICE LINKS
“Glorifying God and Making Disciples Who Witness and Serve”
Join us for Rally Day as we launch into the fall program year at SHPC! This Sunday we will begin a new sermon series, “Shelter in Grace, Serve in Place” exploring biblical stories of ordinary people called by God to serve in extraordinary ways.
This Sunday, September 13…
Our Rally Day is a two part series! At 9:00 am next Sunday morning, join us on Zoom for a church-wide celebration and introduction to all of our educational opportunities coming this fall. Click here for the “Rally Day Zoom“
link below to join in one the celebration live. Then…
Come to the church between 5:00-5:50 pm for our Rally Day Drive-Through parade! Our parade will be of “the things we have missed” as we have been “Sheltering in Grace and Serving in Place.” Adults and children of all ages are invited to drive through the church parking lot to see the adult education opportunities, children’s ministry volunteers, choir leaders, youth advisors, and more to kick-off this Fall! You will enter the parade off of Westminster Way near the Chapel. Make sure to bring a mask and chair to stay for our Sunday evening Vespers at 6:00 pm. Also, join in on the fun! Dress up as something you have missed–maybe a holiday, sporting event, or something else!
RALLY DAY SUNDAY
EVENING VESPERS SERVICE
Join your church family for a special Rally Day Evening Vespers Service Sunday, September 13 at 6:00 PM following the Rally Day parade.
Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, and be sure to wear a mask. This service will occur outside in front of our sanctuary to allow for safe social distancing. If you are in a “high risk category” we ask you to stay home. Also, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, please wait until you have been symptom free for at least ten days before making plans to attend these services. We want everyone to stay safe.
Be sure to check out our online September Newsletter to read reflections from our pastors, see the updated prayer list, and catch important dates for upcoming church events. CLICK HERE
In Person Outside or Online via Zoom
Join Randy every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. for Tai Chi!
In-person: Masked and Distanced, and in shade in front of the sanctuary
To participate via Zoom click the following link below:
To participate via Zoom click the following link: CLICK HERE
BACK TO SCHOOL MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
As we celebrate the start of an unusual school year with our Partner in Education at Mary B. Austin Elementary School there are still a number of ways you can serve:
-We need 7 church members to serve as “school shepherds” for the teachers in each grade. Since we can’t go to the school in person to volunteer, for the first quarter our focus will be on supporting the faculty and staff. A shepherd will volunteer to write letters and send emails to the 3 or 4 teachers in a particular grade level to encourage them. The shepherds will commit to pray for those same teachers and to communicate with them about ways that the church can support them during this time of online learning. If you are interested in serving as a school shepherd Contact Buz Wilcoxon or Buddy Porter.
-In Partnership with the Mary B. Austin PTA, we are planning a work day to spruce up the school campus on Saturday morning, September 19. Come with work clothes and yard tools.
-Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Alabama is still in need of adults to serve as mentors for children in their program. During this time, the connections (one hour per week) are occurring remotely. You can begin the sign-up process by visiting their website: www.bbbssa.org
PASTRIES WITH A PASTOR
Families of youth and children: This fall schedule a time for Anna to meet you in your front yard, socially distant to visit and eat a pastry together! She will bring her own chair and the pastries, you just have to step outside your front door!
Time options include: Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm and Tuesdays after school.
YOUTH MINISTRY SMALL GROUPS
This fall, we hope that our youth grades 6-12th
will sign up for our youth small groups—these groups will be comprised of 8-10 youth and two adult leaders. Safety is important so we will meet outside wearing masks, and socially distant. We know that these times are tough, and we want to foster faith and support one another. These meet-ups will happen the opposite weeks of Vespers on Sept. 20, Oct. 11, and Oct. 25 from 5:00-6:00 pm. Sign-up and fill out our 2020 Youth Registration Form here! Make sure to bring a mask, chair, or blanket! CLICK HERE
for the registration form.
FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
BLAST: Bible Learning and sharing Time
This Fall on Sept 20 and Oct. 11 from 5:00-6:00 pm children and their families are invited to join us for BLAST! Safety is important, so we ask that a caregiver join their child(ren) for this outdoor, socially distant, face-mask required BLAST! We will hear a story from the Bible, play games, pray, and more! Let us know that you are coming by filling out our 2020 Children’s Registration Form! Don’t forget to bring a mask and a chair or blanket!
Singing the Songs of the Saints of God!
Children’s choir will be singing and learning online! Our choir leaders will present rehearsals, story time and crafts related to our theme at 4:30 and 5:00 on September 27, Oct. 4, and 18. Details coming soon!
CONGREGATIONAL CARE UPDATES
- Jerry Headrich- double pneumonia
- Nicholas A. Vrakelos- pancreatic cancer
- Malcolm Sumrall- pneumonia
SIGN UP FOR TEXT MESSAGES FROM SHPC
In addition to sending communicating through email, printed newsletter, and Facebook posts, during this time of separation because the COVID-19 virus, we will also offer text updates to your phone through the Remind App. If you would like to sign up for this service please follow the instructions below:
On your smartphone click the following link: