Fourth of July

by the Rev. Bob Olsen

My article’s tend to stay away from secular topics, but a few weeks ago when going through our books, many I haven’t opened since shortly after purchasing and reading them 20-30-40-50 years ago. I ran across a small volume containing a Fourth of July Oration. Given the current state of politics I thought the speaker’s words still hold a message for us today.  As Sandy would not appreciate a 10-12 page article, I will only quote excerpts from the text.

independence day“Mr. Mayor, Fellow-citizens: We meet to-day on the common ground of American citizenship.  In the celebration of the national anniversary we forget all sectional divisions, all diversities of political opinion, all prejudices of race or creed. We remember only our common sympathies and interests in the present, our common homes and desires for the future. It is no time for the expression of narrow views, cynical criticism, or gloomy prognostications…We are reminded by recent public utterances that some of our fellow-citizens, of eminent virtues and not wanting in patriotism, seem to find our times hopelessly out of joint. They read in every passing event the signs of apprehension for the future…I believe that we may look at the present and the future with tranquil eyes. Our government is not going to destruction; our institutions are not falling into decay. There are some evils which affect all society and all government, and from these we cannot hope to be exempt…which call for attention and remedy…The stream will not always run clear, but its source in the heart and conscience of the people will not be corrupted…The people can be trusted…Let us, then, look forward with hope and confidence, trusting in the God-fearing, law-abiding character of the American people, “rich in saving common-sense,” grounded in love of justice and order, and vital with public spirit, to keep secure the great trust committed to their hands.”

This speech/Oration was given by the Hon. Albert E. Pillsbury, in the city of Boston on July 4, 1890. No that isn’t a typo – 1890. The style of oratory may have given away the era, but I believe the message to the folks in 1890 could serve us as well today. The decade leading up to this speech was part of what is referred to as the “gilded age.” This was a time of rapid industrialization and increasing wages, however as the book by Mark Twain The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, portrayed it as an era of serious social problems covered with a thin gold gilding of economic expansion.

What Mr. Pillsbury said about remembering only our common interests and desires for the future, rather than those who speak to divide us one from another. It seems clear to me that our country has had its problems, just as it was in 1890, we are called to work together for the good of all.

During this month when we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of our nation on the 4th of July, I ask you to prayer for the United States of America, the President, the Supreme Court and the Congress.

God Bless America.

Happy 4th!

by the Rev. Ray Hess

flag-1127885_960_720This year our celebration of Independence Day has special meaning. We are in a time of continued divisions and stress for our nation. Our own congregation has a variety of political viewpoints within it. How can we give a united witness as followers of Jesus Christ? How can we find spiritual support in a time of anxiety?

Independence Day is a good time to focus on some basic principles from the
Bible. The first is that God is Lord of all the nations, as creator of the world and all
peoples. As followers of God, our commitment is to share God’s love and justice for
everyone. Every nation is accountable to God for how we treat others. Second, God
has a special heart for the vulnerable and powerless. In the scripture, this is
expressed by saying that God cares for the alien, the orphan, and the widow – those
who have no one to care for them. God calls us as his followers to work to support
those who are vulnerable in our own day. Third, God has come among us in Jesus to
show God’s love and to suffer with us. God is not “out there” somewhere, but lives
with us.

Every nation is accountable to God for how we treat others. Second, God has a special heart for the vulnerable and powerless. In the scripture, this is expressed by saying that God cares for the alien, the orphan, and the widow – those who have no one to care for them. God calls us as his followers to work to support those who are vulnerable in our to show God’s love and to suffer with us. God is not “out there” somewhere, but lives with us.

As followers of God and citizens of the United States, we give witness to these
principles. In word and action, we proclaim that God loves all people around the
world. We call on our leaders to do all possible to care for those who are
downtrodden and vulnerable in our nation and in other parts of the world. As
members of St. George’s, we work to help those in need in our own community. We
also give witness to the love of God incarnate in Jesus, that God is present with us
and with all people. We find support for ourselves in this love. No matter what our
race, culture, or political background, we are noticed and loved by God in Jesus.

These principles may sound very basic, but they make all the difference in
the way to see our nation and the world. We have a wonderful tradition of freedom
and democracy in our nation. We celebrate this gift that our nation brings to the
world, and we give thanks for God’s love for us and for all peoples of our world.

I wish everyone a wonderful and safe Independence Day!

Bounty Bags at St. George’s

We’re collecting Bounty Bags of necessities for those who need them. Our Bounty Bags go to River City Food Bank:

  • grocery_bagdry goods,
  • canned goods,
  • dried cereals,
  • soaps,
  • toothpaste,
  • tooth brushes or
  • any non-perishables.

We collect Bags ANYTIME!!

No time to shop? Write a check to St. Georges with memo to River city Food Bank, and they will shop for you (everything is welcome)!

St. George’s Episcopal Church
5600 Winding Way
Carmichael, CA 95608

St. George’s Prayer Request

Do you have a need for prayers?  St. George’s would love to pray for you.

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Prayer Request Information
(please print and deliver to the Church Office, or email the church.

__ Private Prayer (Rector Only)
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__ Public (Rector, in Bulletin & Intercessory Prayer Group)
__ Public (Rector, in Sunday Bulletin, Intercessory Prayer Group, and Prayer List Email)

Date of Request: ___________
Praying for: ___________
Requested by: ___________
End Date: ________ (End date will be 2 weeks from start unless a date is stipulated.)

Prayer Request: _________________

Click here to email your prayer request to the church.


Intercessory Prayer Group

If you are interested in being part of St. George’s Intercessory Prayer Group, please contact Fr. Ray or leave a message at the office (916-487-5600).

Community BBQ

by Sandra Crenshaw, Senior Warden

Join Us for Our Community BBQ

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Come One, Come All for Some Free Food, Drinks, and Fun!

We are going to have so much fun! So please mark your calendars for Saturday, July 22 from 11 am – 2 pm. On that day, St. George’s Parish will host a Community Barbecue and bring a Pop-Up Adventure Playground for young kids to play creatively.

Men and Child Care (MaCC) will bring this Pop-Up Adventure with funding through First Five Sacramento. Adventure Playgrounds started in Europe after WWII when children were observed having great fun playing in the rubble. So that became the idea behind Adventure Playgrounds. Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds is now less permanent and only exists for the day. Men and Child Care will set-up, take down, provide some adult safety monitors, and provide advertising all for free!

This event is part of our Outreach Ministry and the Vestry strongly encourages all parishioners, their, families, friends, and neighbors to join us. So come one, come all for some free food, drinks, and fun on Saturday, July 22 from 10 am – 2 pm.

Saturday, July 22, from 10:00 – 2:00​

St. George’s Episcopal Church
5600 Winding Way
Carmichael

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EFM -Education for Ministry 2017-2018

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education through Sewanee College. It is based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.

  • Time: 2:00-4:30 PM Day: Mondays starting in September (commitment to full school year)
  • Place: Tognozzi Room, St, Francis Episcopal Church, Fair Oaks
  • Tuition: $375 a year (books included)
  • (partial scholarships may be available)
  • Contact: Laura Simkins 916 944-3426 or c. 916 425-3754

 

  • Year One: The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)
  • Year Two: New Testament
  • Year Three: Church History
  • Year Four: Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Encounter.

Anyone who is interested should let Laura Simkins know by July 1, 2017

Thoughts from on the Road

by the Rev. Bob Olsen

On the morning of May 12th, Sandy and I were awakened at 5:30 to the sound of fire alarms in our hotel. So it was get dressed and down the stairs. I’m rethinking getting rooms on the upper floors even though they might get less traffic noise. Anyway, as we were standing out in the parking lot waiting for the firemen to give the all clear, it dawned on me to question just what we grabbed and what we left in the room. In my case I grabbed my phone, GPS, flash drive with all our trip photos and my car keys. Oh and unlike many of the guests I grabbed the key card for our room. Sandy figuring, we might be outside for a while grabbed her iPad and of course her purse. We left our suit case and medicine bag, along with my computer. So essentially, we only had the cloths on our back (well except for all those still in the car, which was plenty). Re-thinking things if it had been an actual fire, grabbing our medications might have been a good idea, but otherwise, everything we left in the room was easily replaceable.

This incident got me thinking about what in an emergency is important to us. I guess being able to contact people and memories (all the photos on our phones) rated highest. While the suit case,  some clothing and “niceties” for the trip (computer, snacks, iPod player) weren’t all that important. A day or so later, the morning talk show we listen to (Pod Cast) got to talking about moving/possessions and one of the guys saying for much of his early career everything he owned could fit in his car. Sandy and I have recently come to the conclusion, (after 24 years) that we should stick to our plan upon my retirement from the Army that if our “stuff” didn’t fit in our house we’d get rid of it. So, while we aren’t going to down size our home, we are going to right size what is stuffed into it.

I find that “stuff” can get in the way of what is really important – friends and family. Bob and Sandy on the Road.jpgThis might be colored by having visited friends on this trip who we hadn’t seen in 35 years, but reconnected like it was only days. I’m sure coming up on my 70th birthday has also got me thinking about the people in my life and the part they’ve played in my story. I’m also reminded how closely we are connected to each other, learning a couple of years ago that one of my childhood friends was a “not so distant” cousin to Bill Keye. My other thought as I was driving was how important it was to let folks know how important they have been to me while I can. The year or two before my dad passed away he would call me pretty much every day, usually around 6 p.m., knowing I’d be home at dinner. When he passed, there was nothing left unsaid, no regrets that I wish I’d had said or told him something. I think those calls were one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. I pray that each of us can do that for others.