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June/July 2017 ~ St. Sebastian's by-the-Sea Newsletter

Search Committee
Please continue to pray for our Search Committee:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your church, St. Sebastian’s and so guide the minds, hearts and wills of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Kairos Weekend
Dear Parish Family:

Gary Conner and I want you all to know how vital your prayers, cookies and financial support has been to the outcome of the CFRC # 8, Kairos prison ministry, weekend in which we participated from 5/18-22. We use the term agape for the role that you play in support the Men in Blue”. The definition for agape from Wikipedia starts with….”Agape (Ancient Greek-γάπη, agápē) is a Greco-Christian term referring to "love: the highest form of love, charity", and "the love of God for man and of man for God". So, it was you agape, your love, that was seen by the inmates through your gifts. When the prayer chain that represented prayers from over 1200 people, the emotion was palpable. This happened early in the weekend on Friday morning.

The trust level among the prisoners dictates the prison culture so that no one ever does something for anyone else without requiring something of equal measure in return. So, in that culture when we put up the prayer chain around the room and crisscrossing the room and they realized, that many people cared enough for them to be praying for them, there was a mixture of amazement, which swiftly changed to gratitude, which changed to hope. A truly emotional time. When the cookies and the meals keep coming, the inmates were literally “blown away”. Being loved in such a visible way, they started to realize that they were lovable, even with their life which included crime. They began a process of being able to learn to make better choices, to have a relationship with God, and yes, even forgive themselves for the mess that they had caused others and themselves.

The weekend is a process, not an event. It progresses from encounter with self, encounter with God as well as encounter with others with the focus on agape, Gods love, in Kairos time, which means in Greek Gods time vs. Kronos, the time on our watches. Come Sunday
, we have been with them since Thursday, we have seen a transition from “don’t touch me” to “wanting to hug everyone”. They had felt God’s love through your agape. The closing included an opportunity to address the weekend community, their fellow inmate Kairos Weekend Alumni, and guests with an open mike. The following are a few of the quotes of the inmates that were taken at that time.
  • Richard - table of John: ”I grew up Catholic and went to church, but only going through the motions. I did not know Jesus until I came to Kairos.
  • Alders - table of John: “Before Kairos I was a taker, but now I want to give.”
  • Jonnie - table of James: “I cried yesterday - looking for God in big things, but found Him on this weekend.”
  • Walter - table of table of Mark: “I thank God for Kairos and I feel loved again.”
  • Paul - table of Paul: “While sitting in jail, my wife told me she wanted a divorce and I was cut off from my family. God sent me to Kairos and I found a new family.”
  • Matthew - table of John: “We came hungry for the food and found love, fellowship and shared testimonies.”
  • James - table of Matthew: “We all came with different beliefs, but found we are all the same. We found people who care and love each other.”
  • Gerald - table of Mark: “I hope everyone encourages someone to come to Kairos. We all need to read the BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.”
  • Demarco - table of Matthew: “I lost my family in 2013, but now my heart is right with God and I have a family again.”
  • David - table of Paul: “Being here in Kairos made me cry. I wouldn’t be a man of God if I didn’t cry.”
I felt drained, yet excited as I left prison but I did say a prayer for you and your support that you so freely gave. I suspect that prison ministry is not for everyone, but for those of us who do prison ministry, we just can’t do it without your help.

In Christ,
Walt Koenig


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Please continue to pray for our Search Committee:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your church, St. Sebastian’s and so guide the minds, hearts and wills of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Bible Quiz
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The “Trinitarian formula” occurs only once in the Bible. In which New Testament book do we read “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” and who said these words?
A. Romans; Paul
B. 1 Peter; Simon Peter
C. The Acts of the Apostles; Luke
D. Matthew; Jesus

Answer below.

†Are You an Acolyte?
The word acolyte means “follower” or “one who helps”. The acolyte is an important person in the worship service and is of significant help to the celebrant. Whether you are 12 or 112, male or female, doesn’t matter. Knowing the duties and doing it well is what is important. If you are interested in learning more about the acolyte’s role or wish to commit to this vital ministry, please contact the office or Mike Edwards, our Sr. Warden.

†Behold the Flowers of June
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How fair and bright their buds appear, as, opening to the summer air, our eyes and hearts they cheer!

Who would have thought there could abound such beauty and delight beneath the cold and wintry ground that hid those flowers from sight?

That power which made and governs all — the mighty power of God — alone could life and beauty call out of the lifeless sod.

And he, who from the winter’s gloom can summer thus disclose, shall one day make the desert bloom, and blossom as the rose.

—Anonymous

†And the Award Goes to …
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Since we just acquired the sign reserving a designated parking space for our Parishioner of the Month recipient, the Vestry decided to roll over May’s nominees Dave and Joyce Lehr so they may enjoy their “spot” for the month of June.

Watch for July’s nominee in an upcoming Sunday bulletin.



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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: D (See Matthew 28:19.)