St Alban’s Episcopal Church
Bolivar, Missouri

Friday, August 5, 2022

The Sunday Gospel and other things

Luke 12:32-40
Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. “Do you hear this as a threat? As a promise? As a challenge? Is it just weird? How do you suppose Jesus’ Jewish hearers heard it?

The CDC has declared monkey pox a public health emergency. As of today, there is only one confirmed case of monkey pox in Missouri and none in Polk County. However, there are a few things we need to know: The virus that causes Monkey pox is much more like smallpox than COVID. It spreads very easily. It can survive for days on solid surfaces for days. It can be spread by any kind of close contact, and not only by sexual transmission. It is not a “gay” disease. Incubation period is long – so contact tracing may be difficult. It still matters to wash your hands often, to wear your mask in public, and to stay away from crowds. It is true that the number of infected people who die from Monkey pox is quite low – between 1 and 10 percent, it IS a painful disease and can last for several weeks. I will let you know as soon as ANY case is reported in our region.

Bishop’s Committee Meeting after Church on this Sunday
We will begin about 15 minutes after church to give people a chance to get a cup of coffee, to greet people, and to get settled. Paula Shepard will lead the meeting.

Adult 9:30 class
We are on the second section of Rachel Held Evans’ Book, Searching For Sunday. The topic is Confession. It is very good, but it is also the longest section in the whole book! The discussion will be led by Sandy Sherry.

Church Insurance Company
The hail damage to the roof has been described as cosmetic only, so our roof will not be replaced at this time. However, the the porch skylights and gutters will be replaced. We are waiting for the company to let us know how much we will have to spend on those repairs.



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