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COVID-19 Precautions

Dear St. Davidians,
 
Bishop Cathleen convened the clergy of the diocese in an online meeting to discuss our churches’ response to the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  She asked each parish to gather its leaders, lay and clergy, to discern what is best in our particular situations.  I met with our vestry, deacons and education leaders on Thursday afternoon.  We decided that the best way for us to do our part in slowing the spread of the virus is to cancel all on-site gatherings at St David’s through March 29. Bishop Cathleen has approved this plan. There is lots of information in this email, please read it carefully.
 
  1. All worship services are canceled through Sunday March 29.  We will be offering worship by conference call instead.  We will offer Evening Prayer on Wednesdays at 7pm; Evening Prayer and homily on Saturdays at 5pm and Morning Prayer and homily at 8am on Sundays.  If you wish to participate in this conference call worship, simply dial 425-436-6373 and enter the code 862553.  You will then be on the call.  We also encourage you to watch the services streamed from the Washington National Cathedral at 10:15 am on Sundays.  You can go click on this link to watch the service: www.cathedral.org .  Simply scroll down and click on the purple box that lists the service.  This Sunday’s preacher is Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.  If you want to participate in our morning and evening prayer services and do not have a prayerbook at home, please stop by the church on Saturday, March 14 between 9:30 and 11 to borrow one. 
  2. Meetings and other gatherings: By Monday I will have a Zoom account set up for St David’s.  Group leaders- if you would like to continue to meet using this online platform, contact me and I will help you with it.  There is no cost to participants.
  3. Pastoral Care: Clergy will be making personal visits only in cases of emergency.  We still want to stay in touch with you and pray with you and we will do that through phone, email and text.  We will be checking in with folks but if you want to talk with any of us please don’t hesitate to reach out.  Mother Vicki: 919-452-0543, rector [at] stdavidschurch [dot] com ; Deacon Annie: 785-230-5313, annieh2 [at] cox [dot] net; Deacon Mary: 785-845-1186, marybecker [at] stdavidschurch [dot] com.
  4. At this time, we plan to continue limited office hours.  There will be someone in the office Monday-Thursday from 10-12.  If you can accomplish what you need to by phone or email that is best, but if you need to come in, one of us will be there.  Office: 785-272-5144; office [at] stdavidschurch [dot] com
  5. Security system changes:  Because the church building is basically closed, the alarm system will now arm at 7pm each day and you will not be able to enter the building, even with a keycard.  If you have an emergency need to get into the building after 7pm, please text Junior Warden Bryan Irvine at 785-410-2736. 
  6. If at all possible, please maintain your regular financial support of St David’s.  Our expenses will not go away during this time.  If you have a Paypal account, you can use the Paypal button on our website.  You can also set up a regular payment through your bank, or you can put a check in the mail (3916 SW 17th St, Topeka, 66604).
  7. Most importantly, check on each other.  Right now we need to maintain our faith community of support and care more than ever.  If you know of someone who will not receive this email, please reach out to them and keep them informed.  We all have a part to play in maintaining our community in this challenging time.  
  8. We will reevaluate all this after March 29. I am sure you will be receiving lots more communication from us in the coming days.

The spread of Covid-19 is challenging for us as a world and as a faith community.  Having to cancel so much is certainly a loss, but it is also a gesture of grace and love.  As we work to slow the spread of the virus we are caring for each other, protecting each other, and loving each other.  This is an opportunity for us to live into Christ’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Blessings to you.  Stay healthy, stay safe, wash your hands, and pray.
Mother Vicki +

No Breakfast


The regular hot breakfast will not be available for the remainder of March.  Please plan accordingly!

Weekly Offering Report

Offering Collections 24 February - 1 March, 2020

Plate Collections Budget Variance
Plate $122 $58 $64
Pledge $11,850 $6,154 $5,696
Non-Pledge $300 $250 $50

 

 

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who made St. David’s Day so wonderful! Thanks especially to the Sounds of St. David’s, the bagpiper, the parish life committee who coordinated a great lunch, Scott Davis for his barbeque and Terry and the office angels who gathered and displayed all the pictures.

 

Upcoming construction

Tonight a person was out spray painting certain areas of our property regarding underground utility lines.  This is in preparation for some disruptive work in the parking lot.

Although we don't know an exact date, the contractor we hired for the work in the parking lot should be out in the near future.  Their work will include removing a strip of asphalt from the lot where the hole that often housed "Lake St. David's" is located.  They will then lower the lot drain a bit before filling in the stripped area with more durable concrete.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the work is necessary and will help correct drainage problems that were carving the asphalt out of that area.

Bryan Irvine
Jr. Warden

 

Advice for church participation during the corona virus concerns

Please exchange the peace by placing your hand on your heart and wishing each other peace (no touching please). For receiving communion, receiving only the bread is full communion.  If you wish to receive the wine as well, drink from the cup as usual. We are using the silver vessels throughout Lent because they are safer than the pottery. Also all servers will clean their hands before distributing communion and we will wipe and turn the chalice after each person. Your chances of becoming ill from receiving communion are very slim but please do what you are comfortable with.

Outreach Committee Information

“Nearly 1 in 5 American Children is officially poor.  That’s roughly 15 million kids. But the number living with a significant deprivation - Insufficient  food, overcrowded housing or lack of access to medical care due to cost - is actually much higher.  According to the latest studies, it’s more like 1 in 3. Why do we tolerate this?”  (from Jeff Madrick, author of Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty).

The 4 core agencies that the Outreach Committee works with: Doorstep, Let’s Help, Marion Clinic, Rescue Mission plus our Summer Lunch and Whitson Reading programs all help local children. Our participation in ShareFest each year and the support for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund also provides help for children. Your continued support and donations are most helpful - Thank you!

Adult Forum

Everything Happens for a Reason;
God helps Those Who Help Themselves, God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle; Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin.

Adam Hamilton calls these Half Truths - they sound Christian, and kind of are and kind of aren’t. Join us on Sundays in Lent (March 8, 15, 22, and 29) from 9:15-10 am for what promises to be an interesting and
challenging discussion.

Paper Goods for Let's Help


March is the month to restock paper goods for Let’s Help. Toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, and napkins are all needed. Please bring your donations to any service, and they will be transported to Let’s Help. And once again, thanks for your generous donation.

Lenten Soup Suppers

Be sure to join us for the Lenten Soup Suppers beginning Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30. This is a wonderful time for food and fellowship!

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