Archive for November, 2013

Dec. 1, 2013 Advent 1

Pro. 1 Come thou long expected Jesus

Ser. 5 (1) Lo, he comes with clouds

Ves. 10 On Jordan’s bank

Rec. 4 Rejoice, rejoice believers

Dec. 8, 2013 Advent 2

Pro. 11 The king shall come

Ser. 473 High o’er the lonely hills

Ves. 440 (2) Watchman tell us

Rec. 10 On Jordan’s bank

Dec. 15, 2013 Advent 3

Pro. O come, O come Emmanuel

Ser. 8 (1) O word that goest forth

Ves. 7 Hark, the glad sound

Rec. 5 (2) Lo, he comes with clouds

Dec. 22, 2013 Advent 4

Pro. 9 Hark, a thrilling voice

Ser. 6 (2) Creator of the stars of night

Ves. 153 Christ, whose glory fills the skies

Rec. 544 Thy kingdom come

Dec. 29, 2013 Christmas 1

Pro. 20 Of the Father’s love begotten

Ser. 18 A great and mighty wonder

Ves. In the bleak mid-winter

Rec. 28 Angels, from the realms of glory

The vestry meeting was held following a delicious chili/soup dinner. The meeting was opened with a prayer by Bishop Hartley.

Vestry members present were Tom Berthold, Laura Berthold, Gary Kester, Anna Meador, Rita Fancher, Carrie Compton, Stephanie Connell, Anne Sasko and Jordan Willard.  Also Joe Criswell, Penelope Willard, Chandler Connell, Rudy Sasko, Jennie Berthold and a friend of Jennie’s from England, James Wilcox.

The minutes were read and approved.

The treasurer presented the financial statement.  September was a bad month for income.  However, all the big bills have been paid, so things are looking up.  The United Church Women are asking for our biannual contribution and $200 was agreed upon. This money will be used for travel expenses for clergy to the Arizona general convention. Also a donation of $100 to the DOW Foster Parents Support Group organization. The money is to be used for clothing and Christmas gifts for foster children. Laurie Hartley suggested a new faucet for the kitchen sink and Joe Criswell volunteered to check out the situation and see if one is needed.  Jordan Willard suggested that maintenance problems be approved by the Bishop without vestry involvement. 

Ordo Calendars are on sale for $7.  The Bishop said that we will in future round off saints’ days and special occasions to the nearest Sunday.  The Bishop cleared up some confusion by stating that when there are more than 24 Sundays in Trinity, certain Sundays in Epiphany readings are used.  He commented that next Sunday will be the Sunday next before Advent.

The calendar of events for next year are on the church website –stfrancisavamo.org.

The meeting was closed with a prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Anne Sasko, Clerk

St. Barnabas Church in Heber Springs is located in one of the most beautiful natural spots in Arkansas, near Greer’s Ferry. Bp. Glen and Laurie had a nice leisurely drive through mountains covered in fall colors on Saturday, Nov. 9, to attend a dinner with the vestry of St. Barnabas. The food was delicious and the fellowship extraordinary.

On Sunday following Morning Prayer and a coffee time, Bp. Glen celebrated Holy Communion for the 24th Sunday after Trinity, assisted by Canon Tom Bradshaw.

Following the service members of Covenant Anglican Church, also in Heber Springs, with Fr. Brad, joined the folks at St. Barnabas for lunch and fellowship. It was special meeting these people and also seeing a number of young children in the combined groups.

It was a wonderful trip filled with fabulous people. It’s always a pleasure to visit the St. Barnabas congregation.

Canon Tom & Donna Bradshaw


Convention of The Missionary Diocese of the South & Ozarks –
Meeting 27 September 2013 at St Francis Church in Ava, Missouri

After Morning Prayer – Communion Service and following a lovely luncheon prepared by the
Ladies of St. Francis, the business meeting was opened with a prayer by Fr. Tom Bradshaw.

Bishop Hartley then determined that a quorum was present, there being 5 out of 6 churches
represented: St. Barnabas, Christ’s Chapel, St. Francis, St. Joseph, and St. Matthews.

It was moved that a 12 member Council of Advice be established. Each church to be
represented by its priest and a designated lay person. This was moved by Fr. Jim McTaggart
and seconded by Deacon Tom Hiter. Motion passed.

It was also moved and seconded that our next year’s convention location be in Branson,
Missouri, at St. Joseph’s Branson. Motion passed.

There was discussion regarding the date of the 2014 National Convention to be held in Prescott,
Arizona. Dates suggested for the Nationals Convention were not available at this time.

There was a motion that the day’s offering ($104.50) be used for the Bishop’s Travel
Fund. Moved by Fr. McTaggart; Seconded by Jack Sotallaro. Motion passed.

Bishop Hartley gave a brief report on the status of the diocese. Briefly summarized:
1 newly ordained priest, Rodney Jackson in Boaz, Alabama; 1 ordained deacon, Tom Hiter;
lost 2 priests: Fr. Caley and Fr. Dunklee; lost 1 parish, Fr. Dunklee’s; 1 new church building–St. Joseph’s in Branson.

The Anglican Bible and Book Society was mentioned.

Fr. Jerry Ellington led us in Evening Prayer.

Convention was adjourned at 2 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Barbara Leever

Note: Christ Chapel Council of Advice Members are: Deacon Tom Hiter and Lay person:
Judy James.

Discussion period

The 2013 annual convention of the Missionary Diocese of the South and Ozarks was held September 27 at St. Francis Anglican Church, Ava, Missouri.

Following Morning Prayer and Holy Communion clergy and delegates met for informal discussion on topics having impact on church life.  The first topic was the ageing out of church members, when many leave the church.  One likely age is 16 years when young people get their driving license and their first taste of independence.  Another is 21 years, the legally adult age when the demands of career and family take top priority.  Age 65 is another time when members leave church.  Retirement often leads to a move to a new community.  The present average age in many mainline churches is around 57 years.

Another topic was the general secularization of society.  We now have three generations with little or no church experience.  Many young people are afraid of church services and church buildings.  Each generation has more freedom and independence.  Non-traditional locations can bring people in, like cowboy churches.  One problem is that traditional churches must compete with modernized shallow churches.  Another challenge is how to reach out to the community.

With the general disbelief of society, good times do not require the church.  Among the young, traditional cycles of life are not important.  Such cycles showing life’s progression like baptism, confirmation, marriage, etc. have given way to getting a driver’s license and legally becoming an adult.

Young people communicate through social networks, so it is helpful to use facebook and twitter.  Publicity is important, being visible to the public is a must.  Working with other liturgical traditions keeps us in view of the community.  A possible means of being visible is to play up the English connection; Americans are anglophiles and at present there is much interest in England.  We should target special interests.

Another challenge we face is finances, especially as it relates to the need for full-time priests and paying for them.  People today just don’t contribute to church like they used to.  One solution in fund raising is to have set goals rather than just asking for money.

Most people, it seems, find churches on the Internet.  For the young facebook is very attractive.  On our websites, we need to remember to change them often, keep them current, and not be too churchy.

Nov. 3, 2013 Trinity 23

Pro.  769 Joyful, joyful

Ser.  321 Thou didst leave thy throne

Ves.  247  Savior, like a shepherd lead us

Rec.  126 (1)  For all the saints

Nov. 10, Trinity 24

Pro.  Ye watchers and ye holy ones

Ser.  593 (1)  I heard a sound of voices

Ves.  258  Christ is the world’s true light

Rec.  396  The church’s one foundation

Nov. 17, 2013  Trinity 25  Harvest Festival

Pro.  271  Come thou almighty King

Ser.  430  Lead kindly light

Ves.  144  Lord God, we worship thee

Rec.  519  Once to ev’ry man and nation

Nov. 24, 2013  Sunday Next Before Advent

Pro.  315  We gather together

Ser.  276  Now thank we all our God

Ves.  449  My faith looks up to thee

Rec.  281  Joyful, joyful