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August 2017 ~ St. Sebastian's by-the-Sea Newsletter

†St. Sebastian Welcomes Rev. Garry Edwards
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†Fr. Garry’s Reception
Please add your name to the sign-up sheet in Smodell Hall if you will be attending Fr. Garry’s reception so we can get an estimate head count for food and room set up.  The theme is Tropical - Welcome to Florida so wear your most colorful, tropical clothes!!

There is also a sign-up sheet for desserts, iced tea and fruits.  The desserts need to be finger food – cookies, brownies, cakes already cut into serving pieces in the pan, etc.  The fruit can be a fruit salad or individual fruits cut up that we can use in a divided tray.

Please continue to check the bulletins and your emails for any further announcements.  Please call Doreen Yandell if you have any questions.

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XYZ Luncheon
Our next luncheon is Tuesday, August 8th, at 11:30am. All are invited to join us at Coasters Pub (Walmart shopping plaza on Eau Gallie Blvd). The sign-up sheet is in Smodell Hall. See you there!!

Bible Quiz
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†Book Club
The book club will meet on August 19th at Doreen Yandell’s.  The book for this month is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.  It is from Noon – 2PM, bring a brown bag lunch, drinks and dessert will be provided.  Please RSVP to Doreen at 321-427-8788 or dyandell56@gmail.com.  We are also looking for a host for September. 

†Parishioner of the Month
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She has been the smiling hostess for breakfast and coffee hour following our 8 a.m. service for many years, making sure there is always hot coffee and comfort for all who stop by Smodell Hall after the early service.                                                                                                                                                          Ionie Lane, because of your cheerful and accommodating service in making sure hospitality is extended to all parishioners and visitors each and every Sunday morning, we honor you as Parishioner of the Month for August 2017. CONGRATULATIONS!!

†School Supplies
A big thank you to all of you who donated towards our School Supply Outreach Project for June/July.  We collected over 30 bags of supplies and over 35 backpacks!!  For children that may not have the resources for new school supplies, this will be a much-needed boost for them to start the school year off right! 

†Sunday School’s Origins
Sunday school began in England as early as 1751. Better known is Robert Raikes’ work in Gloucester 30 years later. Concerned about poor children who worked in factories six days a week and often turned to crime, he offered classes on the only day kids were free. Soon various organizations offered a loose network of such Sunday schools, which taught basic reading and writing, using the Bible as a text.

Ten years later, Samuel Slater started the first U.S. Sunday school in his Rhode Island textile mills. By the mid-1800s, Sunday school attendance was an almost-universal childhood experience. As society became more secular and public education was mandated by the 1870s, Sunday schools focused on spiritual practices: prayers, hymns, catechism knowledge and Scripture memorization.

Well into the 20th century, Sunday school served as the church’s main outreach tool. Many adults fondly remember their teachers and lessons, and Sunday school continues to play a significant part in faith development.

†2200 Miles of Ministry
Fuller Cycling Team will be spending the night in Smodell Hall on Monday, August 14th, as they make their way to Key West. The group departed from Portland, ME on July 14th and ride anywhere from 43 to 103 miles a day.

Their “bike adventure” is a fundraising event for The Fuller Center for Housing which was founded by the same couple (Mr. & Mrs. Millard Fuller) who started Habitat for Humanity. During their journey, the participants assist with two building projects, one in Tabernacle, NJ and the other in Orlando, FL.

They sleep, shower & store their bikes in Smodell Hall for one night. The last time we hosted them (2012) we shared a night of fellowship while enjoying a potluck dinner. We would like to provide the same hospitality this year. A sign-up sheet for the potluck dinner is in Smodell Hall.


†Stop, Look and Listen
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Literature, painting, music — the most basic lesson that all art teaches us is to stop, look and listen to life on this planet, including our own lives, as a vastly richer, deeper, more mysterious business than most of the time it ever occurs to us to suspect as we bumble along from day to day on automatic pilot.
When Jesus [says] that the greatest command of all is to love God and to love our neighbor, he too is asking us to pay attention. If we are to love God, we must first stop, look and listen for him in what is happening around us and inside us. If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see our neighbors. With our imagination as well as our eyes, that is to say like artists, we must see not just their faces but the life behind and within their faces. Here it is love that is the frame we see them in.
—Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark

†Know your Target
Businesses must know their target market. Writers must know their target audience. And we all make better decisions when we consider the target of our actions. A college religion teacher set up a cardboard target in his classroom. “Draw someone who has upset you,” he instructed. Students sketched ex-boyfriends or -girlfriends, coworkers who’d mistreated them, childhood bullies. Each, in turn, then placed their drawing over the bull’s-eye and took aim with a bow and arrow. Afterward, the bull’s-eye was riddled with holes. The students congratulated one another … until the teacher pulled back the target, revealing Jesus’ scarred, torn face. Silence fell as he read: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these … you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40, NRSV).

In choosing actions — no matter the human target — remember who else will be struck by your arrows. Let’s take aim with love, not hurt.

†Christ’s Hands
In World War II, bombs destroyed a church in Strasbourg, France. As parishioners cleared the rubble, they discovered a statue of Jesus that was now missing both hands. A visiting sculptor later offered to make repairs, but church members declined, saying Christ “has no hands to minister to the needy or feed the hungry or enrich the poor — except our hands. He inspires. We perform.”
St. Teresa of Avila wrote: Christ has no body but yours; no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now but yours.

†Your Ticket is Stamped
In World War II, bombs destroyed a church in Strasbourg, France. As parishioners cleared the rubble, they discovered a statue of Jesus that was now missing both hands. A visiting sculptor later offered to make repairs, but church members declined, saying Christ “has no hands to minister to the needy or feed the hungry or enrich the poor — except our hands. He inspires. We perform.”
St. Teresa of Avila wrote: Christ has no body but yours; no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now but yours.

†Loves Lessons
A new school year promises new adventures, challenges and friends — as well as new classes, homework and lessons. But the most important (and simplest) lesson we can learn is summed up by 19th-century hymn writer Jane Eliza Leeson: Savior, teach me day by day love’s sweet lesson to obey, sweeter lesson cannot be, loving him who first loved me.

The 2017/2018 school year begins on Thursday, August 10
th for Brevard County. Please pay special attention for our little ones who walk or ride to school.

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†~ VESTRY MEMBERS & TREASURER ~

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† ~ CONTACTING THE CHURCH ~

The church office is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 AM – 1 PM.
Phone number - (321) 723-3015, Fax - (321) 723-0009
Email - info@saintsebastian.org.
Office -
info@saintsebastian.org
Web site: www.stsebastianmelbournebeach.org
In case of emergency, you may call:
Deacon George – 723-0069 (home); 890-6712 (cell)

Answer: C (See Genesis 30:19-21.)