October, 2011

ON NAMING NAMES

From the desk of Father Bill

 

I often wince when I see the names that appear in the evening television newscasts.  I wonder where their mothers get them from.  Paula used to work for an agency dealing with mothers and young children, and she would sometimes tell me of some of the names she came across.  One mother had given her child the names, Bundle O’Joy.  Imagine the fun the late-night comics would make of that if that child, as an adult, should decide to run for President!  We need to be very careful and think about a child’s future when we think about possible names.

And it is not just the names.  It can be just as awkward when it comes to initials.  A former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was always very careful to include his middle initial when initialing a document.  The S of Spencer nicely broke up the other initials of Winston Churchill!  While on the business of initials, I noticed that when Prince William married Catherine Middleton, the official mementos of the occasion were careful to place her initial first, contrary to normal royal protocol.

If parents, especially mothers, real love their children, they should surely be careful to see to it that their children are not liable to ridicule because of their names.  There are plenty of good names available without resorting to the potentially ridiculous or obscene.  I can understand wanting to name a child after grandparents.  My own parents did just that, but even then one must be careful. My grandfathers were named William Henry and Herbert Edward, so I was named William Herbert.  It was only later on that it was realized that this might cause embarrassment to someone who is a student of literature.  Just try going into the biggest chain of bookstores in England to order a book.  “And what is your name, Sir?”  “Smith”.  “And what are the initials, Mr Smith?”  “W.H.”  On occasion I have had to produce evidence that that really was my name and that I was not taking the Mickey out of the bookseller, W.H. Smith.  Perhaps I should have been called Henry Edward.  After all, we all know that HES a jolly good fellow!  My parents did slip up with my sister’s name.  She too was named after her grandparents, Louisa Mary and Alice Elizabeth.  My mother liked neither of those first names, so my sister was duly baptized, Mary Elizabeth, which was all right until she came up against obnoxious classmates in high school who had a great deal of fun with MES.  I leave it to your imagination to work out my sister’s nickname at school.

Perhaps it is safer to stick with the older, traditional names or names of people in the Bible.  Even so, it is better to be safe than sorry, and find out a little about the meaning of a name, or the character of the Biblical person involved.  Not every name in the Bible is suitable: Delilah and Jezebel for girls, for example, and although Nathan might be all right for a boy, Dathan probably is not.

Most names have a meaning, and sometimes the combination can be amusing.  My own first name means Lion, while my second has something to do with herbs and grass.  I do not think my mother or father intended to conjure up the image of a lion that eats grass.  Yet given that that is an image of the Messianic age that is to come, it probably it is one of the better combinations of names for a boy destined eventually for the priesthood to carry through life – even if I do have difficulties ordering books in the United Kingdom.

I am reasonably sure that our parents chose our names quite deliberately.  Sometimes it is amusing, sometimes it is inspiring, and sometimes it is embarrassing to discover what that combination of names we carry actually means.  And perhaps young parents, and especially mothers should really see what they are saddling that little baby with when they decide on the names that the child will receive.

 

‘Teacher, Are You Motivated?’

‘God has appointed…teachers…’

1 Corinthians 12:28 NKJV

Howard Hendricks points out that good teaching involves giving people responsibility with accountability: ‘Our problem in the churches is that we don’t do that. The United States government takes multi-million-dollar planes and puts them in the hands of kids nineteen years old; and when those same kids come to church we don’t even let them take up the offering… Ever been in a courtroom where a will is being read? The reader is mumbling his way over the legal jargon, and everyone else in the room is half asleep-everyone, that is, except the person named in the will as the beneficiary… When your teaching has the learner’s name written all over it-when he sees that, in effect, his name occurs throughout the book-it will make a big difference in his level of motivation… I am convinced that everyone-no exception-can be motivated to learn. But not at the same time, and by the same person, and not in the same way. The timing is crucial. Teaching is the assembling of a time bomb…marked for explosion at a later date and at a different location. That is why you need to walk by faith to be a good teacher, and you need a lot of patience. And you aren’t God’s answer to every individual. That is what the body of Christ is all about… I’m asked over and over again, How do I get a person motivated? I answer, When you sock someone with twenty thousand volts of electricity, they don’t turn to you and ask, ‘Did you say something?’ No, they move!’ The question is, ‘Teacher, are you motivated?’

Bob Gass – The Word for Today

Submitted by Carolline Campbell


NOTES FROM THE COMMUNITY

Kudos to Mrs. Gloria Abrahams!  Did you know that she is the President of the Port  St. Lucie Chapter of AARP?

Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Council on Aging, 2501 SW Bayshore Blvd. Port St. Lucie at 1pm. For more information, you may contact Mrs. Abrahams at 772-344-3417.

AARP is the Nation’s largest advocacy organization for seniors.

 

ABOU BEN ADHEM

(written by James Henry Hunt )

 

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase !)

Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace

And saw, within the moonlight in his room,

Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,

An Angel writing in a book of gold:

Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,

And to the Presence in the room he said,

“What writest thou?”

The Vision raised its head,

And with a look made of all sweet accord

Answered, “The names of those who love the Lord”.

“And mine is one?” said Abou ” Nay, not so,”

Replied the Angel.

Abou spoke more low,

But cheerily still, and said,  “I pray thee, then”

Write me as one who  loves his fellow-men.”

The Angel wrote, and vanished.

The next night It came again with a great wakening light,

And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,

And, lo!  Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest!

 Submitted by Jeanne Stone
Pastoral Care Committee

 

MORE NOTES FROM THE COMMUNITY

American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been the Nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Ethlyn Moody is the President of the local chapter.

An Annual Scholarship Luncheon is held to raise funds for scholarships, which are awarded to high school students in the community.

This year the event will be held at Gator Trace Country Club on November 19, at 11am.

For more information you may contact Ethlyn at 772-344-4777.


NOTES FROM THE VESTRY

The Vestry is pleased to announce the creation of a new website, www.holyfaithpsl.org.  Carole Gooden is the web mistress.

You may send your submissions to her via email, goodenc@gmail.com

Shortly a presentation will be made to the congregation about the plans that have been made for the renovation of the roof and the space in the Sacristy, and also for financing this endeavour.

You may see a hot dog stand in front of the undeveloped property. The Vestry has agreed to this on a trial basis. We will realize $50 for each use of this space.

If you need to hold a meeting in any of the buildings on the property please fill out a request form. These are found beneath the calendar in Harrison Hall, and should be returned to the office or placed in the mail box in Harrison Hall in the slot for the secretary. Please DO NOT write on the Calendar.

The secretary will write the information on the Calendar after she has checked the availability of the space. This is to avoid any conflicts that may arise from multiple use of the spaces.

 

 HAPPENINGS AT HOLY FAITH

On October 2, a celebration honoring our Patron Saint, St Faith, will be held at Holy Faith. There will be a single service at 11am.

Invitations have been extended to our past Rectors and members of Holy Faith, and to the congregation of the Old Catholics. There will be a reception in the Parish Hall immediately following the service. All members of the congregation are asked to bring a dish to share.

On Saturday October 15, the Pastoral Care Ministry, will hold a Sing-A-Long in the Parish Hall starting at 2pm. You are invited to attend and bring your friends and family and copies of your favourite Hymns. Snacks will be served.

On Saturday  October 22, Daughters of the King will be holding A Quiet Day, starting at 9:30am with a service. Celebrant will be Fr. Bill. Guest speaker will be Rev. Mary Rosendahl. A Continental breakfast and light lunch will be served. All are invited to attend.

Harvest will be celebrated on November 6, at a combined service at 11am. All are invited to attend and bring the fruits and vegetable of their garden and their labour, to offer in thanksgiving. These will be on sale following the service. More information will be forthcoming.

On Saturday November 12, the Men’s Group will be holding their First Annual Fund Raiser. There will be dinner and dancing. The event starts at 6pm. Tickets are on sale for $20/per person. Please contact Trevor Sangster at 772-621-9880 or Leandus Campbell at 954-684-1367 for tickets and more information.

 

FYI

 

If you need to request Altar flowers/Sanctuary candles for any occasion, please fill out the Blue envelope found attached to the Flower chart two weeks before its needed, and place in the collection plate or return to the office.

If you have not done so before, please fill out one of the yellow cards found in the Narthex. We are trying to replace the information in the computer, which was lost when the computer crashed. We have since purchased an external hard drive for back-up storage, so that this should not have to be repeated.

Do you or your friends shop at Albertson’s? Do you have a Community Partner Card? When you present this card at Albertson’s a percentage of the sales is returned to Holy Faith. If you or you friend need a card please inform the office. This is one way in which we can provide funds for Holy Faith.

Please use the Blue envelope in your packet of Offering envelopes to support the Building/Capital improvement fund of Holy Faith.

 

A Psalm of David

Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?

Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart,

who do not slander with their tongue,

and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbours;

In whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the Lord;

Who stand by their oat even to their hurt;

Who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent.

 Those who do these things shall never be moved.

Psalm 15.

          

  KNOW YOUR HYMNS, IT IS A GOOD LAUGH!!!

 

Dentist’s Hymn…………………. Crown Him with Many Crowns
Weatherman’s Hymn………….There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
Contractor’s Hymn……………..The Church’s One Foundation
The Tailor’s Hymn………………Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer’s Hymn………………There’s a Green Hill Far Away
The Politician’s Hymn…………Standing on the Promises
Optometrist’s Hymn……………Open My Eyes That I Might See
The IRS Agent’s Hymn…………I Surrender All
The Gossip’s Hymn……………..Pass It On
The Electrician’s Hymn……….Send The Light
The Shopper’s Hymn………… .Sweet Bye and Bye
The Realtor’s Hymn…………….I’ve Got a Mansion
Massage Therapists Hymn…. He Touched  Me
The Doctor’s Hymn……………..The Great Physician

AND for those who speed on the highway, a few hymns:

45mph……………………………….God Will Take Care of You
65mph……………………………….Nearer My God To Thee
85mph……………………………….This World Is Not My Home
95mph……………………………….Lord, I’m Coming Home
100mph……………………………..Precious Memories

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk

              Submitted by Fay Edwards


BISHOP ELECTION PROCESS

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida has announced the nominees for the fourth Bishop of Central Florida:

The Rev. Gregory O. Brewer
Rector, Episcopal Parish of Calvary-St. George’s
New York, New York
 
The Very Rev. Anthony P. Clark
Dean, Cathedral Church of St. Luke
Orlando, Florida
 
The Rev. R. Jonathan Davis
Vicar, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
Director, Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center
Oviedo, Florida
 
The Very Rev. Charles L. Holt
Rector, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Dean, Central Deanery
Lake Mary, Florida
 
The Rev. Timothy C. Nunez
Rector, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Belleview, Florida
 
The Rev. Mary A. Rosendahl
Rector, Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Port St. Lucie, Florida
 
The Rev. James A. Sorvillo, Sr.
Rector, Episcopal Church of the Ascension
Orlando, Florida

 

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