News from Medical Mission Trip

Mabel Ezeonwe extends her thanks to everyone who donated reading glasses and dental care supplies for her recent medical mission trip to Guatemala:

Mabel leading a training session for Mayan health workers.

“I sincerely appreciate all the donations and supplies from everyone. By God’s grace, we did wonderful work with the villages in the Rio Dulce area, in the NE part of Guatemala.

We worked primarily with the native Mayan communities, assessing and treating acute and chronic conditions in pop up clinics. We also spent a significant amount of our time and energy on teaching patients and families about practices to prevent diseases and illnesses such as malaria prevention, cervical cancer screening and prevention, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and hygiene practices. We also trained local health workers — health promoters and lay midwives, who are the critical points of health care contact for the villages on important care skills. For example, the lay midwives deliver most babies born through vaginal births in the villages, and we trained them on newborn resuscitation skills based on the World Health Organization’s Breathe Baby Breathe protocols.”

Supplies needed for Medical Missionary Trip to Guatemala

New or used reading glasses and sunglasses
Dental products such as toothbrushes and toothpaste

Our dear sister, Mabel Ezeonwu, is collecting reading glasses (new or used) and dental products such as tooth brushes and toothpaste for a medical missionary trip to Guatemala in July. Sunglasses are also welcome. 

Mabel will be leading the trip with a team of doctors and nurses, where they set up clinics and provide health care services to the local indigenous Mayan communities. Fitting clients with reading glasses makes a difference in their lives and their functionality.

Collection baskets are located in the Narthex. Thank you for your generosity.

In Time of Great Sickness and Mortality

O MOST mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

How to read Morning and Evening Prayer by Father Ponec

While we all practice social distancing to control the spread of Covid-19, we can use our Book of Common Prayer to continue worship by reading Morning and Evening Prayer.

Not sure where to start? Here is a guide written by Father Ponec for a parishoner who inquired about how to read MP (Morning Prayer) or EP (Evening Prayer). While the readings were specific to the day in question, you can easily find the proper readings and collect for the day by checking the “Psalms and Lessons for the Christian Year” in the beginning of the BCP, and the “Collects, Epistles and Gospels” that follow the Order for Holy Communion. Read Father Ponec’s guide here.

Letter from the Council of Bishops

I am writing to you today out of the abundance of Love that Our Savior, Jesus Christ, has for you all and as if I were able to speak to you in person. Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has caused all of us to begin adjusting to a new “normal” in both our professional and personal lives…. Out of an abundance of caution and by God’s Grace, I am urging the clergy of the APCK to close the doors of our Parishes (and Missions) and to suspend all public services, Sundays and weekdays, for the next two weeks, March 22nd (Lent IV) and March 29th (Lent V) inclusive, in an effort to keep our people safe. Read the complete letter, sent March 19, 2020, here.

Lent III by Father Ponec

Today we enter the third week in Lenten tide, into the midpoint of our Lententide experience. In a homily given by St. Ambrose, he praises those who, through fasting, prayer and almsgiving continue down a path to obtain forgiveness for their sins. more