A message from Bishop Lane on illness
and the Common Cup By Bishop Stephen Lane
(as appeared in the October 31, 2014 “The Dio Log”)
The enterovirus outbreak among young children and the specter of an ebola epidemic have caused a number of people to ask about illness and Holy Communion. As you consider what you measures you will take during the upcoming flu season, let me offer the following guidelines:
1. Our churches will continue to offer both bread and wine-in-the-common-cup, until and unless public health officials make other recommendations. I don’t expect public health officials to intervene.
2. It is perfectly acceptable to receive communion in one kind only. Many communicants, children and those who do not wish to drink alcohol, already take only the bread. This is complete communion. If you have a cold, receiving in one kind shows regard for others.
3. All myths to the contrary notwithstanding, there is not enough alcohol in communion wine to kill viruses.
4. Intinction is not a safe alternative. Fingers are dirtier than lips. One touch of a finger to the wine renders the whole exercise pointless. I much prefer the common cup to intinction.
The best practice is also the one we know best: wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are ill.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Our bishop wrote these above helpful guidelines on “illness and the common cup.” I would like to share these with you today as we consider the colder weather, flu season and the news of different epidemics unfolding in different countries.
Hand-washing is central to avoiding infection. Liturgically, hand-washing (lavabo) is the liturgical practice of the priest before the Eucharist as a symbol of ceremonial cleansing. The practice first symbolized purity. “I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD, that I may go in procession round your altar.” Psalm 26:6.
With that background liturgically, I would like to introduce some techniques for hand-washing to avoid infection. My goal is to insure that the Eucharist is offered reverently and with attention to minimizing the spread of infection. (Be sure to contact me if you have any questions about these guidelines.) My background as a microbiologist informed me as I consider these steps:
- If you are ill, please stay home and take time to recover. Call the Parish Office if you would like to receive Communion during your recovery.
- You may avoid the Cup altogether and still be in Communion with the Greater Body of Christ. Receiving the Bread alone is proper.
- Use the hand sanitizer (a pump bottle is located in each pew starting Sunday) after you shake hands or after The Peace.
- At the Altar Rail, Eucharistic Ministers and Clergy, if you see that a person is getting ready to intinct the wafer into the Cup, lower the Cup and tilt it toward the person so that the person can just touch the wafer to the side of the Cup were the wine is tilted up (the meniscus) and to avoid inserting fingers too far.
Congregation if possible, please avoid intinction. If you would like to receive the Cup, please take a small sip from the Cup. Eucharistic Ministers, please make sure you completely wipe the lip of the Cup with the purificator (linen towel) before you offer the Cup to the next person.
“On the Road Together: taking time, watching for God, showing mercy.” I wrote about the convention in the October 24th e-mail, as parishioners Lenita Richard, Bill Edman, James Ford, Allie Collins, Charlie Priest, and Pat Ryan, as well as Deacon Mary Lee Wile traveled to Presque Isle to participate as delegates.
What an experience it was! If you’ve ever thought about your participation, either as a delegate or alternate (or even if you haven’t), you should consider it again. It is a very rewarding, prayerful, and meaningful opportunity.
We were well-prepared to participate, having attended a pre-convention meeting in Falmouth where we had an opportunity to go over the resolutions that were proposed, the budget, and learn about logistics.
About one-third of the participants were attending their first convention. That was surprising to me, and apparently to many others.
If you are interested in attending next year’s convention as a delegate or alternate (usually in late October, and in Portland in 2015), and have questions, feel free to talk to any of us. If you want to have your name presented at the Annual Meeting, speak to Virginia Vincent, Nominating Committee Chair.
I hope you’ll consider this opportunity.
Family Eucharist & Church School
Family Eucharist 9:30am in the Upper Room
Church School, 10:30am
• Lions and Lambs, Ages 3-8, “The 10 Best Ways”
• Eagles, Ages 9-11, “The 10 Best Ways”
TODAY, November 9
On the second Sunday of the month the plate offering is designated to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.
Please welcome George Lopez our guest organist today.
9:30 a.m. Family Eucharist
4:00 to 5:15. Tuesdays, November 11, 18, 25, and December 2. OMEGA: Walking the Way to the Heart of God. Co-facilitated by the Rev. Al Niese and the Rev. Bob Patterson. The material the group will use, written by the Rev. Bob Morris (a very popular speaker at St. Paul’s several years ago), is based on the belief that Christianity is transformative when the underlying assumption is that “behaviors matter just as much as the beliefs that back them up.” For more information or to sign up, please contact Al Niese (443-8613) or Bob Patterson (373-0538). You may also sign up at the church office or by contacting Pam Nugent (737-2369). There is no limit on the number of participants, but it is important to sign up in advance. This study of basic Christian affirmations and practices involves, for each session, 4 pages of preparatory reading which will be provided to those who sign up – readings include insights from comparative religion; the natural, physical and social sciences; and, of course, biblical scholarship.
Food Drive to Benefit Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Beginning this Sunday at St. Paul’s please look for marked boxes at the entrances to the church. Mid-Coast Hunger serves eight communities in this area. They provide over 200 meals to children each weekend to ensure they have adequate, nutritious food to eat. In Maine, sixteen per cent of the households are food challenged. This is not confined to one age group, but includes young people to seniors. Please help those who are struggling to be able to enjoy a good meal at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Friday, November 14; 6:30.Movie Night. Weapons of the Spirit. 6:30 dessert and coffee/tea), 7:00 movie, followed by discussion. Please join Charles Arnold, facilitator, as we watch this compelling documentary about the remarkable courage of the people of Le Chambon, France, and their steadfast commitment to shelter refugees escaping the Nazi terror. The strength of the film prompts its audience to ask many questions: What might I have done in this situation? What might I do in similar circumstances today? Can individual acts of love make a difference in a world that seems weighed down with hate and violence? Do we really believe the words from Martin Luther’s great hymn: “And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us; we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us.” Come and be inspired.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Sunday, November 16, 9:30-10:15. One of two Adult Formation forums on “Today’s Prophets: Who Are They?” will be presented by the Rev. Ben Barnes. He will discuss the questions of whether God is raising up new prophets today and what the characteristics of a prophet are in his opinion. He has selected a modern-day prophet to speak about, but you’ll have to attend each of the forums to find out who that is. Please join him in the Great Hall.
Monday, November 17, 3:30 pm. Women’s book group will meet again on November 17th. We welcome new members. Our choice for November is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Please call Tobey Lee at 406-2954 with any questions.
Tuesday, November 18, 5:00 p.m. Christ Episcopal, Norway and Trinity Lutheran, South Paris. Celebrate new ministry with The Rev. Nancy Moore at Christ Church, 35 Paris Street, Norway, Maine. Pot luck supper will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by worship and installation of new pastor and rector at 6:30 p.m. (Clergy white or festive stoles.)
The Vestry is pleased to announce the Nominating Committee for 2015:
Virginia Vincent, Chair
The Nominating Committee is receiving names for three, 3-year positions to the Vestry, 6 one-year positions for Diocesan Convention delegates and 3 one-year positions for alternates.
If you wish to know more, please contact one of the Nominating Committee members, the Wardens or Rector. The election will be held at the Parish Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 25, 2015.
Communicants in Good Standing are qualified to be nominated: All communicants of this Church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, are to be considered communicants in good standing.
This year there is a new procedure for pre-payment of your
Christmas Fair items and donations. Payments will be collected by the table chair people: Apple Pies, Lenita Richard; Cabot Cheese, Duane & George Peck; Wreaths, Nancy Whitehouse & Jo Belknap; Christmas Café, Nancy Johnson; and Advent Calendars, Ritalee Doty. Wreath order forms with payments may be mailed to the church. The office will not be able to receive payments.
Today is the last Sunday to sign up to order your cheese for Thanksgiving; we will be selling this extra sharp Cheddar Cheese on Sunday November 23; the order must go to Cabot at the end of this week-please don’t be left out ; sign up today. any questions; George Peck 725-8137;
Don’t miss your chance to pre-order Gourmet Freezer’s new favorites and popular standbys. Last year the most popular items went fast. Sign up sheet is in the Parish Hall. This year when we look for volunteer cooks for the Gourmet Freezer table at the Fair, you will be asked to cook from one of our tried-and-true recipes; hopefully, this will be easier than coming up with a dish. Full instructions furnished.
The bake/candy table is in need of cakes, cookies, breads, candy and pies. Cookies should be packaged in dozens or half dozens. It is helpful if you package your items decoratively. Sugar free and gluten free items are welcome. Please contact Lucinda White 865-4635 or Donna Thivierge 729-3511 with questions.
It’s that time again. Please start saving your treasures for the Treasures table at St. Paul’s Christmas fair. We sell almost anything in good condition. Favorites are kitchen items, small furniture pieces, toys, jewelry (a big seller!), tools, gardening gadgets, antiques, vintage items, collectables, current novels, puzzles, games, and the list goes on! Your unwanted items make our sale.
Delivery of donations: You may deliver your donations to Church beginning the Sunday, November 30 before 1:00 pm and Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm and then 6:00 – 7:30 pm. I am always looking for workers who can find the treasure in the treasures we sell or someone who just enjoys good company and busy work. We have fun, lots of good conversation, and always enjoy getting to know new people. Contact Bonny Labonte (729-5226) if you would like to help or have any questions.
Christmas Fair Cafe – As in past years, we will be seeking contributions for food, funds and help to make the lunch cafe a success. Please remember to look for the “Donation Christmas Tree” in the Great Hall, during all coffee hours, starting the first Sunday in November. The cafe also needs people to help prepare the meals in the kitchen as well as serve in the dining area the day of the fair. We can make this the best year ever with your help. Please contact Nancy Johnson at 721-3203 if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you !!!
The Holy Stitchers are busy finishing projects for St Paul’s Christmas Fair. We invite anyone with needle craft ability to contribute to our booth. From previous experience we have concluded items which sell best are: sets of outer wear, especially for younger teenagers: winter socks, scarfs, hats/headwear, mittens/gloves, etc. made of washable fiber/fabric. What doesn’t sell well are: children’s & men’s wool sweaters. Household goods do fine. We welcome all contributions. As always: yarn, patterns, supplies are available from the holy stitchers supply closet. With any questions contact Tobey Lee, chair. Email address: tobeyart (at) gmail.com.
WREATHS Start collecting wreath decorations! It is time to start collecting items from the woods, fields and gardens. If you have any dried seed pods, grasses, pine cones, etc. please save them for use in decorating St. Paul’s wreaths for our Christmas Fair. You may drop them off at St. Paul’s church and either Nancy Whitehouse or Jo Belknap will pick them up. Or call/e-mail Nancy at 777-5665 or email@example.com.
Wreath order forms are in the Great Hall near the kitchen door. Look for the decorated wreath and the forms underneath. Put the completed form in the separate folder on the same wall.
NEW THIS YEAR-Wreath shipping boxes. Do you have friends/relatives living in other states? Why not send them a Maine made balsam wreath uniquely decorated by St. Paul’s artists. For an additional $4 per wreath, we will pack it in an attractive shipping box, put a mailing label on, and all you need to do is fill out the label and take it to the Post Office or UPS store and some of your holiday shopping is done!