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+ Holy Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8AM and 10AM. The 10AM service is also shared via Zoom for those who are physically unable to attend in person. 

​+ Wednesdays there is an in-person Holy Eucharist at 10AM, using the traditional-language rite. This service is followed by tea and conversation in the parish library.

+ Current masking policy: All persons may wear a face mask as a health tool. Some persons (especially those in higher-risk groups) should wear a mask. However, no one must wear a mask. The parish provides good quality face masks for those desiring them. 

+ We have an upgraded HVAC air handling system to maximize the safety of our indoor environment.

+ We encourage vaccination for all eligible persons to prevent communicable disease at church or elsewhere.

+ Please contact the parish office for more information, and to be added to our Zoom invitation lists.

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+ Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Week Ahead

Thursday, September 22: Philander Chase, Bishop of Ohio and Illinois, 1852

Friday, September 23: Thecla of Iconium, Proto-Martyr among Women, c.70; Ember Day

  • Fridays are marked by acts of discipline and self-denial. Information about this ancient and beneficial practice may be found here.
Saturday, September 24: Anna Ellison Butler Alexander, Deaconness and Teacher, 1947; Ember Day
The Embertides are a periods of prayer for ministry (lay and ordained) in the Church. You can learn more about the Ember Days and how to observe them on Fr. Brandon's blog post here.
+ Sunday, September 25: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

+ 8 AM: Holy Eucharist (said) In-person

+ 9 AM: Adult Study

+ 10 AM: Holy Eucharist (sung) In-person and online

+ After the 10 AM Liturgy: Godly Play & Coffee hour
+ This week and next, we will be taking pictures and updating information for the parish Photo Directory. Please make sure to check in and update your information after the 8 AM or 10 AM service (and come photo-ready!).

+ Please see the "Worship Notes" section below for current pandemic-related liturgical protocols.
Monday, September 26: Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, 1626 Tuesday, September 27: Thomas Traherne, Priest, 1674

Wednesday, September 28: Paula & Eustochium of Rome,
Monastics & Scholars, 404 & c. 419
  • 10 AM: Rite I, in-person Holy Eucharist

Word from the Rector…

This Sunday
We are now in the final part of the Season after Pentecost and our survey of the Gospel according to Luke. The Gospel reading this Sunday tells the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus and is a poignant reminder of how we are all interconnected in life and death. We are also shown that there is never a lack of opportunity to share God's love with those in need.

We will be singing a different setting of the Trisagion at the start of the liturgy -- a Kievan Chant setting coming to us from Ukrainian Christianity. We will also move to a different form of the Prayers of the People for "ordinary" Sundays (Form III). This season continues until Advent, but will be punctuated by a variety of feasts (Feast of Dedication, All Saints' Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christ-the-King).

Intro to the Catechism this Sunday, 9 am
I have been invited to teach a session on the Catechism at the Sunday Adult Study class this week as part of a series on this subject. The "Outline of the Faith" (as the Catechism is also known) serves as a framework for overall instruction, a basis for more in-depth teaching on a subject, and a simple summary of belief for someone new to this Church. I will be giving an overview of the Catechism and how it may be used by parishioners at home as part of your own study.

Coffee Hour
We continue to look for people to help put together simple coffee hours following the 10 am Eucharist. The coffee is easy to make and the food items don't need to be complex or terribly expensive. The point is fellowship together. As the weather cools we will be staying indoors for coffee hour, making set-up even simpler. A signup sheet is posted in the narthex; if you would like to get more information before signing up, contact Sandy Noble.
Confessions: Saturday, October 1, 1-3 pm.
I am working to have a monthly opportunity for sacramental confessions or spiritual conferences available to parishioners on a  "drop-in" basis. With the days growing shorter, I am going to move the time for this an hour earlier: from 1 to 3 pm. If you desire to learn more about this sacramental rite and its use, please contact me. It is truly one of the great gifts given to the Church.
St. Francis Blessing & Tea, Sunday October 2 at 4 pm
St. Francis emphasized the sacredness of Creation in his life and teaching. He preached to birds and reconciled a wolf with a city. His gentle and loving valuing of nature and our place in it is one reason he has retained such an influence today. We will celebrate his witness with an animal blessing followed by an "Interspecies Tea" on October 2nd at 2 pm. Please bring your various critters (in whatever way will lead to maximal peace and safety for all) to church that afternoon and stay if you can for some tasty fellowship for all.
Memorial Garden Projects: Update
The Memorial Garden walk paving project continues, with the cutting and laying stage just about completed, the interlocking sand going in next, and a sealant coating being applied as the last stage. The work is beautiful and I want to thank our Junior Warden Rick Herrin for lavishing time and care as the overseer for this project.


Prayer Requests from this Parish: Barbara Watson, Jill Johnson, Dave. B., Jane Brady, Mother Margaret McMurren, Karla Erovick, Julie Pannell, Martina Sierra, St. Timothy’s Church (Brookings), the people of Ukraine, victims of the pandemic and all who care for them, Family Promise, Salem for Refugees, Mending Wings Youth Ministries

For the Departed: all victims of the war in Ukraine 

For Ruth Krueger, postulant for Holy Orders and field placement intern at St. Timothy’s

In the Diocese of Oregon: St. John the Divine, Springfield; Christ Church, St. Helens

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Anglican Church of Burundi

The flowers at the altar this coming Sunday are given in thanksgiving for the Williamsons’ grandson Finn’s third birthday.

This week at St Timothy's: Zoom Links and Info
Monday Evening Online Book Study, 7 PM
"Love is the Way", by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Our Monday Night book discussion / faith group continues on Mondays at 7 PM on Zoom. Our gatherings last for about an hour and fifteen minutes -- ending with Compline.
We are continuing with Chapter 2 of this book for our next session. As you read this chapter, ask yourself these questions:
  • What rejoices your heart?
  • What is difficult for you to read?
  • What is expanding your understanding of Christian Love in this reading?
  • How are you being challenged to apply these words to your own life?
To join this Zoom Meeting each week:
Meeting ID: 893 8382 8229
No password required
Women's Online Bible Study 
Women's Bible study will continue on Tuesdays at 7 pm on Zoom.  We will be studying some of the Minor Prophets starting with the book of Joel. If you would like to participate please email Carol ( to receive the link.
Photo Directory
The Newcomers Commission is planning to replace our photo directory, and we need your help. After both the 8 AM and 10 AM services on Sunday September 25 and October 2, we will be taking pictures and asking you to provide or update your information. Please look for our table and help us update your information on one of those dates.
Inquirers Class Begins
Catechumenate begins its work again in October.  It has been at the heart of St. Timothy’s life since 1981.  It is an ancient way to prepare seekers for Baptism and help the already-baptized renew their baptismal vows through Confirmation or simple Reaffirmation.  Catechumenate works to engage each person with the Gospel on every level of being.  It is not so much a class as a journey—a journey toward Holy Week, toward Death and Resurrection.
We start with Inquirers Class, a six week focus on our faith, our traditions and structure, and our Prayer Book.  If you are somewhat new to St. Tims and want to know more about us or if you have been around a while and would like to refresh your understanding of the Anglican expression of our Christian faith, then please come and see.

We start with a Tour of the Church, with Fr. Brandon leading the way. Then the following evenings will be on Zoom, Wednesday nights 7 to 8 pm.  We will talk about our stories and how we each got to this place at this time in our lives, and we will look at Salvation History, the Liturgy, the Book of Common Prayer, and the place of St. Tims in the Cosmos.  

It will be fun and it will be helpful in learning better who we are as Anglican Christians. We start on Wednesday, October 12, at 7 pm at the church. Please let Fr. Brandon, Sue Bergquist, Jana McFerron, or myself know if you wish to come. You are most welcome.

Mike McFetridge
Pandemic-related worship notes

All may wear a mask while at church
Some should wear a mask (especially those most vulnerable)
None must wear a mask
  • We are not requiring masks at this time.
  • Good-quality masks are available on the narthex table for anyone to take.
  • Air filtration/cleaning operates at all liturgies. This assists in lessening exposure to airborne pathogens during public worship
  • Most aspects of worship have returned to pre-pandemic norms.
  • Maintaining boosted immunity through vaccination is strongly encouraged for your well-being. Please get your booster when it is available and you are eligible as a way to contribute to community and parish health.


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St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 7416

Salem, OR 97303

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 Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM - Noon; 1 PM - 3 PM
+ At the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Timothy our Patron, and all the Holy Saints of God, may you be Christ to others this week, doing the works of the Kingdom of Love.  Amen.
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We gather to experience the Holy Trinity through Scripture, worship, study, and fellowship. Receiving and reflecting God’s love and grace, we are sent out to love and serve our neighbor, see the Christ in others, and share the Gospel by the example of our everyday lives.
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