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St. James Episcopal Church 
Weekly Newsletter
August 29 - September 5, 2020
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 17
At this time, the office is still closed. For religious concerns, call the church office (906) 632l-2451 and leave a message  after the beep.  Messages are checked daily.  "Stay Healthy."
ST. JAMES IS NOW OPEN ON SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 10 A.M.  ALL PROGRAMS ARE STILL CANCELED AT THIS TIME.  NO ONE IS TO ENTER THE BUILDING ANY OTHER TIME. SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

STAY HEALTHY AND REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR HANDS. 

IF YOU HAVE A PASTORAL EMERGENCY, CALL ST. JAMES (906) 632-2451 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE.  MESSAGES WILL BE CHECKED ON A REGULAR BASIS.

MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Get all the updated news from the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer by clicking here.  
RE-ENTRY DIRECTIVES
 
The following directives for Phase II have come from the Bishops of Michigan with additional directives from St. James’ Vestry and the Ministry Support Team.  Please remember these directives are put in place for your protection.
 
  • Masks and social distancing will be mandatory. 
  • Pews unavailable for seating will be roped off. 
  • The parking lot door will be the only entrance and exit. 
  • Households must sit together.
  • Congregants will dismiss one pew at a time and in an orderly way to ensure social distancing.
  • There will be no receiving line following a service.
  • There is no nursery or in-person Sunday school or coffee hour following a service.
  • Please remember non-contact greetings only and to refrain from shaking hands and hugging.
  • People are to leave the building rather than mingling in-person
  • IF YOU FEEL SICK, PLEASE STAY HOME.
     
The following decisions will be in place when the doors open to help keep the traffic flow to a minimum.
 
  • An usher will be available to assist in social distancing.
  • The usher will keep an attendance list of attendees for contact tracing. 
  • A hand sanitizer station will be at the back of the church. 
  • Individually wrapped disposable masks will be provided for those that do not have one.
  • The Sunday offering plate will be at the back of the church to drop your offering in as you enter.
  • Bulletins will be on the back table for you to keep or dispose of after the service.
  • The reader scheduled for the Sunday readings will sit in the front pew in front of the lectern on the south end. 
  • The same reader will also read the Prayers of the People.
  • The kitchen is currently unavailable.
  • Washrooms have been sanitized but wipes are available in the washrooms to wipe down things before using (if it makes you feel more comfortable). DO NOT FLUSH WIPES.
 
If there is an outbreak in Chippewa County, St. James might need to reclose.  Therefore, please call the church office, (906) 632-2451, before attending to see if the service has been canceled.  You can also check the website, www.stjames533.com or St. James Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/stjames533
 
If at any time your health changes due to COVID-19, please notify Rev. Bob Aldrich, (906) 632-8598.  Fr. Bob is our contact person with the Chippewa County Health Department.  All calls will be confidential.
 
If there is anything, we can do to provide virtual worship services or pastoral care, please do not hesitate to let us know. Call the office, (906) 632-2451, and someone will get back to you.    
 
The Diocese of Northern Michigan has a live service Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. on their Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/EpiscopalDioceseofNorthernMichigan The service is available for viewing any other time on their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGV-u4HHBVutJkJU3BHvMFA The National Church also offers a Sunday Service  at 11 a.m. on their website www.cathedral.org/worship/service

Click here for "Bishops Directives for Re-Entry"
ADDITIONAL EUCHARIST DIRECTIVES
FROM BISHOP RAY
  • There will not be a deacon or acolyte.
  • A Priest will be the only one behind the Altar.
  • No communicating of the cup to the congregation. 
  • No singing. 
  • Folks will  be asked to come up to the Priest for communion, social distancing themselves.
  • Doors will be open for ventilation
  • Fans cannot be on.
  • Presider will  sanitize hands before the Great Thanksgiving and immediately afterwards i.e. before they communicate folks with the bread. 
  • The Priest will not touch the hands as they  drop the host into folks hands
  • If they should touch someone's hands, they are to sanitize.  
  • EVERYONE WILL WEAR MASKS UNTIL THEY GET TO THEIR SEAT, THEN THEY CAN REMOVE THE MASK TO PLACE THE HOST IN THEIR MOUTH AND THEN REMASK.
The Doctrine of Discovery Presentation Letter
NOTES FROM THE MINISTRY SUPPORT TEAM (MST)

The MST will be hosting a virtual coffee hour. A date has not been set but we welcome input from folks as to what time of day might work best for them. 

Beginning August 20, 2020, the MST will begin a study on the Gospel of John. We follow the guide from the Good Book Club. We welcome folks from the congregation to be part of this study. We will meet by ZOOM every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and will meet no longer than 1.5 hr. If you would like to take part let Gin know and she will send you the outline for the first session or just show up and join the discussion. 
A NOTE FROM THE OFFICE

Week 24 of "work from home" has been quiet. Which in my personal life, was a welcomed blessing.  My 95-year-old mother-in-law passed away this week and since we have travel restrictions to Canada, we were unable to see her in the hospital to say good-bye or attend her funeral.  That is why I am such an advocate for masking up and social distancing.  The more we all abide by these state directives, the sooner our curve will be flattened and restrictions will be lifted.
 
Pledges are still needed to keep our church running.

Sunday Eucharist is going strong on Sunday morings at 10 a.m.  We are still under our limit of 30, so we haven't had to move outside.   Although we can move chairs outside, it is still suggested to have your lawn chair in your vehicle just in case.  Inside or out, you are still required to social distance and wear masks.  As always, if you do not feel comfortable taking communion, the team will also offer "spriitual communion" during the service. 

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THERE CAN NOT BE ANY UNNECESSARY MOVEMENT IN THE CHURCH DURING THE SERVICE.  IF YOU HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT NEEDS TO BE MADE, THEN YOU MUST DELIVER IT FROM YOUR PEW OR EMAIL OR WRITE IT ON PAPER AND GIVE IT TO THE PRIEST PRIOR TO THE SERVICE.

Please remember to wash your hands, social distance six feet apart, and mask up.  The main thing to remember is these directives have been put into place for our health and safety.

REMEMBER, NO ONE IS TO ENTER THE BUILDING WITHOUT A MASK.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A MASK, A DISPOSABLE MASK WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU.

The church will continue to be closed to everyone except for the Sunday service.  No one is to be in the building any other time.  I will continue to work from home and will check the answering machine on regular basis.

Pledges are still needed to keep the church operating and can still be mailed to the church or directly to me, 508 Sheridan Drive, SSMarie, MI 49783.  

Dave will continue to do a daily check on the building and I will continue to check the answering machine.daily, so feel free to call the church, (906) 632-2451, and leave a message.

If you would like to include any family news in the weekly newsletter, let me know by Friday morning.  Pictures are welcome as well.  It would be great to keep up on family news.

Hopefully you got a chance to use the "Prayers of the People" and "St. James Prayer List" in your prayers.  If you want to add someone to the prayer list, email the church, stjames533@gmail.com or call the church (906) 632-2451 and leave a message.  You can find the prayer list and the weekly prayers of the people below.

I am still in the process of changing computer programs for our membership and finances (something our auditors suggested). If you have changed phone numbers or email addresses recently, please email the church, stjames533@gmail.com with the changes.  This also includes changes or additions for birthdates, anniversaries, family info.  This has been more involved than I expected, but it is slowly getting done.

The diocese sends out emails with links to services and diocesan news.  You can sign up for their UPCHAT information by contacting Jane Cisluycis.  


Stay Healthy,

---Pam
Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency is distributing dairy boxes from Prairie Farms thanks to the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. 

Every Thursday CLMCAA 6will be passing out dairy food boxes to anyone in the community who wants one.  There are no requirements or paperwork to fill out.  Each box has two gallons of white milk, chocolate milk, strawberry milk, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream.  The times and locations are below:

Big Bear Parking Lot:  10:30 to 11:30 AM

Please pass this information along to anyone in the community!  Have a wonderful week.
St. James' has a new Facebook page.  Please click here and like the page.  If you have any pictures from activities at the church for the Facebook page, newsletter, and/or the website, please send them to stjames533@gmail.com to get them on the sites.

The office will be publishing a new Church Directory in JulySeptember.  If you have changes, please notify the office asap:  phone:  (906) 632-2451 or email:  stjames533@gmail.com

ALL EVENTS ARE CANCELED AT ST. JAMES UNTIL FURTHER DIRECTIVE FROM THE EPISCOPAL BISHOPS OF MICHIGAN.

COVID-19 information and links to helpful websites can be found on St. James' website by clicking here.

Office hours are  suspended until further notice.

​​​​​​​FYI:  Please update your email address with St. James:'  stjames533@gmail.com

 
To keep Up-To-Date on Happenings around St. James & the Sault, go to www.stjame533.com and click on the link to sign up for the weekly newsletter.  To add news, the office needs it  by 11am Friday.
Sunday, August 30, 2020

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 17

Read - Mark - Learn -Inwardly Digest​


Exodus 3:1-13
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 18

Read - Mark - Learn -Inwardly Digest​


Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20
OUR CHURCH FINANCES
(A detailed Financial Report is available from the office.)


Amount Needed to Operate Weekly:  $2,037.00
Pledges Received This Past Week in Mail:  $352.00

Amount Needed to Operate YTD:   $71,295.00

Pledges Received YTD:  $14,218.00

Last Sunday’s Attendance:  14 (COVID-19)
Total Attendance to Date:   347
Because we all need a chuckle now and then!
 
"Rainbow Recovery: A Spiritual Meeting designed to cultivate a relationship with a higher power of our understanding and applying it to our recovery life. Putting our past behind us and moving forward in a positive direction."

Rainbow Recovery is canceled at St. James until further notice..

Call Mike D. 259-0203 with any questions.

 
Rainbow Recovery is a spiritual based meeting designed to cultivate a relationship with a higher power of your choosing. We accomplish this through various ways you may have never tried before. Our group will try to convey the Spiritual word and how to apply it to our everyday journeys.
 
Click here to go to their Facebook: Page 
 
The group “One Day At A Time of Alcoholics Anonymous” (ODAAT-AA) is canceled fat St. James until further notice.  ​Call Mike D. with any question (906) 259-0203.
The “Soo Women's Recovery Group”  is canceled at St. James until further notice.

This is a program designed  to help women from all walks address addiction, abuse, spirituality, and other issues women go through. We are here to discuss our problems in hopes solutions will be provided through group sessions.  Their Facebook Page can be found under Soo Women's Recovery Group or by clicking here.

Call Brenda at (906) 259-2976 for more information.
Diocese of Northern Michigan
Documents for Re-entry for Great Lakes Episcopalians
After a thorough discernment process lasting more than three months, members of the Marquette County search team and Bishop Rayford Ray are pleased time announce the call of Marna Franson as the next Diocesan Missioner for Marquette County.

t is with great delight that we announce the call of Bradley Pickens as Diocesan Missioner beginning September 1, 2020. Brad will work primarily with the communities of Holy Trinity in Iron Mountain, St. Mark’s in Crystal Falls, and Grace in Menominee.
Brad Pickens was raised on his seven-generation family farm in southern Indiana where he was first called to ministry in a rural community.  After leaving home for college, seminary, and a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, Brad returned to the family farm where he founded The Farmhouse Mission as a center for spiritual formation, church renewal, and community development.  Over the past 18 years, Brad and his extended family offered hospitality and guidance to groups and individuals interested in contemplative, ecumenical Christian and interfaith explorations of spirituality and he also led numerous non-profit and faith-based organizations in building the necessary structures to better serve their communities and fulfill their mission. 
 
Additionally, Brad taught the Anglican Spirituality and Ethos course at Bexley-Seabury Seminary as adjunct faculty and he and his wife Kara spent two years working with a team from the Diocese of New Westminster in British Columbia, Canada to create an innovative spiritual formation retreat that is now being offered nationally throughout the Anglican Church of Canada.
 
Brad and his wife met when they were both studying at the University of Glasgow (Kara is originally from Pennsylvania) and they have two daughters—Hazel who is six years old and Iris who will be turning three in about a week(!). 
 
Brad can often be found building furniture in his workshop, working on his old cars, or engaged in some other mechanical activity and he spends his other free time cooking with his family, listening to music, and looking for good places to fish.
 
Brad shares, “My family and I are deeply impressed with the character of the people in the U.P. and with their concern for mission, connection, and their care for one another. I am particularly excited to learn from the churches and communities in the Diocese of Northern Michigan and feel incredibly fortunate to be called to continue to build on the tradition of innovative ministry that exists in the Diocese.”  He is excited about building new connections and relationships, both within the diocese and without, and with helping to strengthen the relationships that already exist. 
It is with great joy and excitement that we welcome David Carlisle to the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan as Diocesan Missioner.
 
David will be working primarily with St. John’s in Iron River, Transfiguration Church in Ironwood, and Christ Church in Calumet.
 
David comes to the Upper Peninsula from Tucson, Arizona, where he has been serving as Vicar at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Prior to that call, David’s vocation included teaching, academia, and music.
 
David, his wife Arum and their young children, Desmond and Wallace, are excited to begin this new journey as a family in the Upper Peninsula.
 
David was born and raised in New Mexico, but comes from a family of Yoopers going back several generations. He first fell in love with the Upper Peninsula when he visited his grandfather there at the age of fifteen. Since that visit he has had the opportunity to spend significant time in different parts of the U.P. in various seasons and is excited to return to “his people” and the part of the country that feels most like home.
 
David shares, “To be able to serve the Church while living in the U.P. feels like such an incredible privilege. I am eager to begin learning and exploring with the Diocese of Northern Michigan how the Way of Love is growing in the U.P. and what God’s dream is for this marvelous place.”
 
David will move to the U.P. on October 1 and begin his ministry with us October 15, 2020.
The 125th Annual Convention Postponed Until 2021
 
Due to serious concerns around in-person gatherings in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, the annual diocesan convention scheduled for October will be postponed until 2021, at a date yet to be determined. At its August 8, 2020 meeting, Diocesan Council discussed the pros and cons of holding an annual convention on-line. In order to be as inclusive as possible, and to be considerate of the many people who would be limited in their ability, or unable to participate fully on-line, it was determined it is not feasible to hold the annual convention electronically.

This change primarily affects the adoption of the yearly budget and elections. Diocesan Council, the fiduciary body with oversight of the business and program of the diocese between annual conventions, will continue its oversight of these areas through the extended period of time. In order to avoid too much disruption, Diocesan Council will adopt a 2021 budget later this fall, and persons holding elected positions will be asked to remain in place until such a time as elections can be held again. (The 2021 Diocesan Budget will be voted upon at the November Diocesan Council meeting, and as always, the meetings are open and input is welcomed. For more information, or for a copy of the draft budget, contact Jane Cisluycis at jane@upepiscopal.org, or by calling (906).228-7160.)

 
Diocesan Council recognizesthat these are very unusual times. Members of Diocesan Council serve as representatives of the broad diversity of our congregations and membership across the Upper Peninsula. They may be reached directly for questions, comments or concerns. See the roster below:
 
Diocesan Council Members
 
Katie Chipman-Bergsma -  chipsofaheart@gmail.com
Diane Darlington - Diane57darlington@gmail.com
Phyllis DeWitt - marley49849@gmail.com
Arlene Gordanier -  ajgorda@gmail.com
Dick Graybill - dick.graybill@hotmail.com
Jim Martindale - jmartind@nmu.edu
Nancy Olexick - nmolexick@gmail.com
Rayford Ray - rayfordray@upepiscopal.org
Shane Spellmeyer - shane.spelly@gmail.com
Rick Stanitis - rcbuisjr@hotmail.com
Mary Sullivan - 
marysullivan54@sbcglobal.net
Jane Cisluycis Appointed  Vice-President of Province V

At the July 24, 2020 Province V Executive Board meeting, Ms. Gennie Callard resigned as president, having recently moved to Massachusetts. With her resignation, Vice President Bishop Mark Hollingsworth assumes the responsibilities of President. He has appointed Jane Cisluycis as Vice President. The Province V, of The Midwest, encompasses the dioceses in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, part of Missouri and Wisconsin. there are nine provinces in The Episcopal Church, in and outside of the U.S.
For anyone receiving an email from "Bishop Rayford J. Ray" from the email address onlinechurches1111@gmail.com, with a message - or any message like this:  

"Do you have a moment I have a request I need you to handle discreetly. I am currently busy in a prayer session, no calls so just reply my email. Sent from my mail." 

 It is spam and should be blocked, deleted, whatever you choose. Just do not engage with it.
Church Services ContinueThere are a variety of opportunities to worship while we continue to remain safe at home. On Sunday's several churches are offering virtual coffee hours and happy hours - check with members of your church to see what may be available. If you are hosting a coffee hour or happy hour, be sure to get the word out however you can! Also on Sundays, Lydia Kelsey Bucklin and Charles Murphy (and other volunteers from across the Diocese) offer reflections and music at 9:00 am. These services can also be viewed at your convenience by going to the Diocesan You Tube channel - it's easy! - type in Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan You Tube, in your search bar and you'll find all of the services. You can also enjoy the service from the National Cathedral on Sundays at 11:15 am (EST). Father Shane Spellmeyer is also leading a series discussing the desert fathers and mothers on Wednesdays. Contact him for more information. And on Thursdays, Bishop Ray shares reflections from his home at 12 pm and 7 pm (EST). Lastly, UP Wildchurch hosts services on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm (EST) on Facebook Live or  Videos are available on the website. www.UPWILD.org

If you have found or are hosting a service that you think others would enjoy, send an email to kathy@upepiscopal.org

Re-Gathering of Congregations During this PandemicMany of our congregations - but not all - will begin to re-gather on July 5th. For safety's sake, please be aware that there will be many guidelines to which we must adhere. Please be aware there remains a risk of exposure to COVID-19 by gathering during this time of pandemic. Below are several safety measures we will be following. This is not an exhaustive list, so please be sure to listen to directions and announcements by worship leaders.

  • Persons exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 (or are otherwise unwell) should stay home
  • "Attendance" will be noted in the event of the need to do contact tracing
  • Masks/face coverings will be required to enter the building and throughout the service
  • Masks are required for outdoor services
  • Physical distancing is required
  • All people must refrain from singing
  • Greetings must be no-contact
  • All people must exit the church directly after the service

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Vestry or Ministry Support Team members, or call the Diocesan office at 906-228-7160


"Doctrine of Discovery" - Ongoing Learning and Transformation For Our Faith CommunitiesThe Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan is inviting its congregations to join in a conversation around the "Doctrine of Discovery". The General Convention of the Episcopal Church passed a resolution inviting its members to participate in ongoing learning around this document.

The Doctrine of Discovery established a spiritual, political, and legal justification for colonization and seizure of land not inhabited by Christians. It is a document that is woven into every aspect of our lives as Christians. It is important that we learn more about the doctrine and its effect on humanity itself. Vestries and Ministry Support Teams are strongly urged to be part of this ongoing learning as well as members of our congregations.

General Convention Resolution 2009-D035 calls upon Episcopalians at all levels of the Church to learn about and repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery (*see excerpt below).  On-line learning events are listed below. The sessions are a stand-alone 2 hour presentation and discussion. To sign up, send and
email to Arlene Gordanier or call the diocesan office at 906-228-7160.

Evening sessions are at 6:30 pm as follows:  September 2nd, September 16th, September 23rd. And on October 3rd at 9:00 am.  

…..Resolved, That each diocese within The Episcopal Church be encouraged to reflect upon its own history, in light of these actions and encourage all Episcopalians to seek a greater understanding of the Indigenous Peoples within the geo-political boundaries claimed by the United States and other nation states located within The Episcopal Church’s boundaries, and to support those peoples in their ongoing efforts for their inherent sovereignty and fundamental human rights as peoples to be respected; and be it further…..

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan is committed to ongoing learning as we create a "Beloved Community" for all people.


Feeding America West Michigan  - WE'RE SO CLOSE!
As you know, the Feeding America West MI/UP campaign is continuing until the end of the month. The total for FAWM fund campaign is $96,360.49 - only $3,369.51 to go!  Remember - this is a matching funds campaign. The match stands at $50,000. No contribution is too small to be significant - we have the potential to raise $100,000 to feed our hungry neighbors in the UP. Thanks!


Do send your check to the Diocesan office - this helps us track our match campaign progress and will also help to ensure that the contributions from the UP go toward increasing food distribution in the U.P.  To donate you cab click on this link www.upepiscopal.org  or checks can be made out to Feeding America West Michigan and in the memo line please put UP Mobiles. For those in the Keweenaw please put in the memo line UP Food Bank. All of our efforts go to supporting hunger here in the U.P. Please mail checks to: The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, 131 E. Ridge Street, Marquette, MI 49855.  

For further information please contact us here at the office 906.228.7160. Again, thank you for your generosity.


"Faith At Home" Worship BookletThe "Faith At Home" Summer 2020 Worship Booklet is available by clicking on this link   It is meant to be used at home for personal meditations, for a small group meeting online or just some quiet reflection. It includes short services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, even Prayers for Gardening and Tending the Earth, and Along the Water. You can access it online or feel free to download and print it off if you haven't already.

Join us in supporting the COVID-19 response in the Episcopal Church in NavajolandThe Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan is joining the Episcopal Church in Navajoland to help raise resources to support their response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Navajo Nation is the largest indigenous nation in the United States and is the hardest hit by the outbreak.  

We have heard from leaders in Navajo Nation that are very grateful for the partnership that has been formed between our small dioceses, the funds and the outpouring of support that has come on their behalf. We are all looking forward to exploring opportunities with this partnership in the future.


Navajoland, as well as other indigenous tribes, continues to be impacted by Covid-19. Several weeks ago, a Paypal feature was set up on our website to send funds to assist the Navajo Nation. The response from across the UP, as well as across the country has been amazing. The Episcopal News Service picked up on the story and you can read it in its entirety by following this link. You can make a donation by going to our website at www.upepiscopal.org.

Diocesan Electronic Newletter and Diocesan UPCHAT News - If anyone in the congregation would like to receive the e-news (electronic newsletter) they can let Jane Cisluycis: jane@upepiscopal.org  know. Jane had sent a note on UPCHAT stating this, but some people aren't on UPCHAT. If someone not on the UPCHAT list serve that would like to, they can also let Jane know and she will add their name. This is a good way to receive  informational notes sent out from the diocesan office.

DeadlinesPlease submit news, photos, announcements and events to kathy@upepiscopal.org before Thursday afternoon to have it included in the weekly ENews. You can also send information to the Diocesan office: EDNM, 131 E Ridge St., Marquette, MI 49855, Attn: Kathy

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A message from David Jahn, CEO of the hospital regarding the reopening of the fitness center, written today. 

“At this point we are looking at possibly reopening it during the first week of September, based on the fact that during the summer months the fitness center gets used very infrequently, and thus it is best for us to keep it closed at this time. 

“With the continued increase in COVID-19 positive people in the county (now up to 21, and we had 3 positives yesterday who came through our drive-thru screening station) we feel it is the best choice to keep it closed at this time. We will reevaluate this in the middle of August, and based on the numbers of new COVID-19 cases at that time we will make the decision to either keep it closed longer or reopen.

“If the number of positive cases is declining at that time then we will probably reopen it, but if the number continues to grow then we will probably keep it closed.

“Since the Avery Square residents are of the age to be the most vulnerable to this virus, we feel it is prudent to keep them as safe as possible by not opening the fitness center. We wouldn’t want someone coming in from the community and possibly starting a spread of the virus through Avery. I know this is difficult for those residents who enjoy the fitness center, but we feel keeping it closed helps to slow the possible transmission of the virus to those who are most vulnerable.”

When the center does reopen, I will send out a message to everyone. 
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The graphite Maritime Drawings of Anthony Strublic are now on exhibit in the Olive Craig Gallery in Alberta House Arts Center.  Tony works in pencil producing finely detailed nautical drawings.  He lives in Marinette, Wisconsin but he’s a familiar face in the Sault.  He has won an award in every single Sault Summer Arts Festival he’s been in, culminating with a 2018 Best of Show and a 2019 Painting Award.  Other appearances in the Sault include the Arts and Crafts Fair on the City Hall grounds on Engineers Day and an exhibit in the Winery.   Tony’s drawings will be in place in the gallery until August 20, and in an Olive Craig Gallery virtual exhibition online the rest of the month.

A multi-media exhibition by Jean Mannesto will be in place in the Alberta House Mini Gallery all of August.  Jean is a Sault artist who takes multi-media to the extreme.  She’s a painter, a jeweler, a writer, a fiber artist, a naturalist and a world traveler.  In this exhibit, “Memories and Keepsakes”, viewers will find quilts, paintings and a book of poetry.  Jean’s exhibit is also on line as a virtual exhibition.  To access Tony’s and Jean’s virtual exhibits, there’s an easy link from the Sault Area Arts Council website:   www.saultareaartscouncil.org

Because the corona virus is now present in our area new rules apply to Alberta House visitors and open hours have been reduced to Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Masks are required, but are available free, to keep, at the door, supplied as a public service by fiber artist Karen Sutton-Boger.  Alberta House visitors are limited to 10 in the galleries at one time and social distancing is required.

Alberta House Arts Center is located at 217 Ferris Street, just half a block south of the Soo Locks Visitors Center.  Admission is free of charge, a public service of the Sault Area Arts Council.
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 "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
---Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." 
---Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love."                                                                                                      ---Francis of Assisi
 
"Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness." 
---Mother Teresa

"Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others."          ---Kahlil Gibran

"What we think, we become."  ​                                                                            ---Buddha
 
"I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit."      ---Khalil Gibran

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."     
---Meister Eckhart
 
"Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts."                                                                                                               ---E. B. White

"People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude."             ​---John C. Maxwell

"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children."
---Sitting Bull

"The spiritual life does not remove us from the world, but leads us deeper into it."
---Oscar Romero
 
"Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."                                                                ---Saint Francis of Assisi
 

"Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world ... would do this, it would change the earth."                                                                                 ---William Faulkner

"The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none."                      ---Thomas Carlyle

"Before the service, speak to the Lord; during the service, let the Lord speak to you; after the service, speak to each other."                                                                   -Anon.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”                                                                                            — Benjamin Franklin

 
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