Donation Items Needed for Hurricane Irma Relief – September 21, 2017
Dear Members and Friends of St. Paul’s,
After a couple of very stressful, and often chaotic, weeks, things seem to be coming back to some semblance of normalcy for us here in south Palm Beach County. As we know, that is not the case with many other communities, including communities in our own diocese.
One area that was particularly hard hit by Hurricane Irma is the Keys. This weekend, we will collect donations of some critically needed items that our churches in the Keys have requested:
- Home Depot gift cards
- baby wipes
- band aids
- bug spray
- big garbage bags.
You can put your donated items in designated boxes that will be in the parish hall. Episcopal Charities will be transporting these donated items down to Marathon on Monday morning.
If you could not bring items to donate, but you would still like to help the relief effort, please considering making a financial donation. Checks can be made out to St. Paul’s Church with “Hurricane Irma relief” on the memo line.
RE: Hurricane Irma Aftermath Update from St. Paul’s – September 13, 2017
Dear Members and Friends of St. Paul’s,
I hope this update finds you and your loved ones doing well. I’m happy to share with you that we have been in contact with our vulnerable members who stayed here in south Florida during the storm. If you know of anyone who needs assistance, please contact Fr. Paul at (561) 921-7667 or Rev. Kathleen at (561) 445-5440.
I’m also happy to report that we have reopened our parish office, albeit on a limited basis. We still do not have telephone service. We do have power and internet service. Thanks to many dedicated volunteers and staff members, we took down and stored our storm shutters yesterday and cleaned up most of the debris on campus. For events that were postponed due to the storm, stay tuned for information about when they will be rescheduled.
All parish ministries can now resume activities, subject to local curfew restrictions. Until further notice, the curfew for Delray Beach is 12:00 midnight to 6:00 am. We will keep the church open during regular office hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) if you would like to come by and spend some quiet (and air conditioned) time in the church.
Our regular church service schedule has resumed, starting with our Thursday 12:10 pm Healing Service. This, of course, means that we will have our full, regular service schedule this weekend. It will be important for all of us, as we continue to deal with the storm’s aftermath, to come together in worship and be with one another this weekend.
Our Music at St. Paul’s concert will proceed as scheduled this Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm. This Sunday’s concert is the first in our 30th Anniversary Season. The concert will be preceded by a lecture at 2:30 pm from Dr. Paul Cienniwa, our director of music ministries. The concert will provide a wonderful respite for all of us who have been busy with the aftermath of Irma.
Our Day School and Paul’s Place Afterschool program follow the Palm Beach County Public School schedule, which means they are closed through Friday, September 15. Liz Ryan, our Day School director, has been in email contact with our Day School families and she will continue to keep them updated as to when the Day School will reopen.
Let’s keep in mind that we are in the resuce and relief stages of this natural disaster. Our first responders are busy in the rescue effort. Utility companies are busy trying to restore service. Many relief organizations, like Episcopal Relief and Development, are in the process of taking care of those who are vulnerable and needy. Locally, the Caring Kitchen does not have power, but they are serving sandwiches for lunch. Let me say once again, if you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. For those of you who are able to help, opportunities to do so will be forthcoming.
Here is a message sent to the clergy and faithful of our diocese from Bishop Eaton: Click here for a message sent to the clergy and faithful of our diocese from Bishop Eaton. Also, I want to share with you a message to all of us in the Diocese of Southeast Florida from the Most Rev. Michael Curry, our Presiding Bishop:
Prayer for first responders
Merciful Father, we commend to your loving care all first responders who are working, often at risk to themselves, to bring rescue and relief to those in need, especially our firefighters, police officers, paramedics, medical personnel, members of the armed forces, and all volunteers. We pray for our sisters and brothers at Episcopal Relief and Development and Church Insurance, as well as for the Red Cross, Food for the Poor, and other national and regional relief agencies. We pray also for those who are working to restore essential services. Give them courage in danger, skill in difficulty, and compassion in service. Sustain them with strength of body and calmness of mind, that they may perform their work to the well-being of all, so that lives may be saved and communities restored. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.