The Fledgling--Week of July 17, 2020

From Mother Megan:

Mtr. Megan is on vacation but she will be with us virtually Sunday morning!

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Prayer for the week

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings for the week (Track 2)

Resources for Anti-Racism/Solidarity Work:

The Diocesan Summer Series will be featuring an Introduction to the Sacred Ground series on August 6th here. More on the film Sacred Ground can be found here.
Have you read any of Code Switch at They offer a series of thoughtful essays on race and race relations in the USA. Here's one on "Why now, white people?"
Sunday afternoon protests/rallies continue on the Ithaca Commons to call attention to the epidemic of police brutality and systemic racism in our country.  Every Sunday at 2pm at Bernie Milton Pavilion (bring water and wear a mask!)
There is a Virtual Community Book Read of How to Be an Anti-racist coordinated by SURJ Tompkins County, Tompkins County Mutual Aid Society, and the Multi-cultural Resource Center
Bob the Tomato explains the racial wealth gap.  (yes, really.) The man who voiced Bob the Tomato for VeggieTales unpacks the creation of the racial wealth gap in the US.  
Bp. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows' letter on recent events around Indianapolis  here.
Scaffolding Anti-Racism Resources, taking you on a journey are here.  (The resources on this list are sorted by what specific trope they respond to, and how accessible they might be for a person just beginning this journey.) 
The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, and the Rev. Winnie Varghese wrote a letter to the Episcopal Church: Speaking of Freedom.  It can be found here: 
We will continue to post information on protests and ways to support in a timely fashion on the parish FB page.  

Have you had coffee/tea/hot cider with Mtr Megan?  Send me an email and we'll set up Skype/Facetime and chat!  It's fun (I promise) and we can still meet while we're staying safe right now.
Special Schedule this week:

Daily Morning Prayer: 9:30am on FB Live and YouTube Live will return July 27th

Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30am FB Live and YouTube Live

Virtual Coffee hour Zoom at 11:30am

For Zoom log-in information, go to the Event listing on our Facebook page, or email Mtr Megan.  
7th Sunday after Pentecost Resources

 Bulletin is here

Online BCP is here. 

Stewardship Corner

Geoff VanFleet provides our Stewardship Reflection for July.  It is here, and while there, catch up on the other Stewardship videos!



SUNDAY JULY 26, 2020

We will not have our regular 10:30 online service. God willing and the people consenting, the Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Bishop of Central New York, will ordain Shelly Banner  to the Sacred Order of Priests. Sunday, July 26, 20202 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Liverpool, New York Your prayers and online presence are requested. Livestream information will be in next week's Fledgling. In the increasingly digital world we find ourselves in during the pandemic, tangible, physical items seem to take on greater meaning. During the ordination, we’d like to present Shelly with a handsome box filled with notes and cards of congratulations and blessings on her new ministry. Please mail your notes and cards to The Rev. Shelly Banner, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 900 Vine Street, Liverpool, NY 13088. St. Matthew's will present all items received by Saturday, July 25th to Shelly to help her feel connected with all of us while physically separated.

We would like to take this time to formulate a picture directory with our newfangled cloud database!  To do this, send the office a photo of you and your family and we will compile them!  


Zoom Coffee Hour!

After the 10:30 service, stick around for a Zoom coffee hour! 
Click here at 11:30 am right after the 10:30 service.

You can also call in via a telephone: 
Meeting ID: 945 8397 0408
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 It will be lovely to see everyone's face again!

Good Things:

Places for Spiritual refreshment:
Join in singing w/ Cyber Choirs @ St. John’s Church! 
Contribute to our online services. Record at your convenience; no video, just audio. Instructions and materials are HERE
The Diocese of Central NY has a new Summer Series of workshops:
Looking for something new to do with excited kids? Church Publishing is giving away Summer Activity Packs here.  Do some fun activities with the kids, and learn about faith (with Legos.  I understand there are Legos involved.) 
The bishop has started making videos each week to update folks on how the diocese is doing.  The first one is here.  Also, she has been holding Online Coffee Hour with the Bishop on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on Facebook at 7:30am.  Check it out!
The diocese has compiled a comprehensive list of formation and worship opportunities from around our diocese here.  There's something for everyone, in nearly every time imaginable!
Have you checked out Grow Christians recently?  It's a fantastic blog about parenting faithful kids and teens, and is updated daily.  It's here
Faith@Home is a resource put together by Forward Movement and Forma.  They send you an email every day with prayers, reflections, and activities designed for different age groups, and they have stepped up their work in this time.  Check it out here. 
Habits of Grace:Our Presiding Bishop is putting out weekly reflections during this time.  They are here.



How can I help?:
ROBIN RIDES AGAIN to raise funds for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  The virtual biking Tour de Keuka ends today, July 18, and every dollar raised can buy 3 meals for those in need. One in 8 residents of the Southern Tier suffer from food insecurity, and the work of the Food Bank has expanded dramtically during the pandemic.  St. John’s parishioners Robin Steuteville and Margaret Johnson are ridiing for this cause in reality, but independently! All the participants create a “virtual” group event to continue this important annual fundraiser. Here is the link to support their efforts
Women Swimmin' has moved online!  Find out more information here.  If you would like to join a St. John's team, contact Amber Massa or Gwen Freeman to sign up.  This is your chance to swim without getting wet!
LOAVES & FISHES needs volunteers! Click here to find out more or to sign up. 
Dignity Pantry Personal Care Items Needed Although Laundry Love remains closed for now, the Dignity Pantry is getting a lot of use. We currently need deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, any kind of cleaning/ sanitizing wipe, mouthwash and sunscreen. Shampoos and lotions are always welcome as well. We are currently more than stocked on toilet paper, bar soap, paper towels and socks (Bombas just sent us 3,000. pairs of socks!)  When you are at the store, remember to look for buy one/ get one deals! 
E-mail AnnMarie at and we will arrange a convenient time for items to be dropped off. Thank you!

Lots of ways to support St. John's!

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