Where We Stand
Television and newspapers across the country have carried the news that
the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) has taken the unprecedented step of
electing a practicing homosexual as bishop of New Hampshire. The election
of V. Gene Robinson has created a firestorm of protest by Christians
both within and outside of Anglicanism.
This is a time of both opportunity and danger for the Reformed
Episcopal Church and the Anglican Province of America. It is an opportunity
become the standard bearer for biblical and historic Anglicanism.
However, it is also a time of danger for there are those who will paint
a broad brush and think that all Episcopalians condone homosexuality.
Where do we stand on the issue of homosexuality and sexual ethics
generally? Our position was made clear in 1990 in a resolution adopted
the Forty-Sixth General Council held at St. Mark's Church,Jenkintown,
PA. The resolution reads:
In response to a resolution from the 17th Council of the Charleston,
Atlanta, and Charlotte Synod concerning the prohibition and/or removal
from the ordained ministry of the Reformed Episcopal Church of any person
who advocates or practices a homosexual lifestyle, the General
Committee recommends the following resolution for adoption by this Council:
RESOLVED that we, the 46th General Council of the Reformed Episcopal
Church, reaffirm the biblical standard given for the well-being of
1. That sexual intercourse should take place only between a man and a
woman who are married to each other;
2. That fornication, adultery, and homosexual acts are sinful in all
3. That Christian leaders are called to be exemplary in all spheres of
morality,including sexual morality, as a condition of being appointed
to or remaining in office;
4. That the Church is called upon to show Christlike compassion to
who have fallen into sexual sin, encouraging them to repent and receive
forgiveness, and offering the ministry of healing to all who suffer
physically or emotionally as a result of such sin.
This resolution is both biblical and quite clear. We are thankful that
this Church has taken a position regarding sexual ethics that rest
squarely on the authority of Holy Scripture. It is a position that not
rejects sin and sinful behavior, but offers the cure, which is the
Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. May we ever be faithful to
and His Truth.
By F.M. Levi
The Annual Church Picnic took place after church, August 10, 2003.
Approximately forty adults and children gathered at the home of Will &
Beth Garrison for the picnic. It was a beautiful day to eat, splash in
pool and play games. Thank you to the Garrisons and to those who
brought food or helped in various ways.
Missionary of The Month
Rev. Chester Matadi, Coordinator. The Reformed Episcopal Church in
Liberia. LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA.
Keep in your prayers the work of the Board of National Church Extension
(B.N.C.E.), the Rt. Rev. Royal U. Grote, President; Mrs. Joan
The Rt. Rev. Royal U. Grote will be with us on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003
for his annual episcopal visit.
September, 14, 2003
Catered luncheon following morning worship.
Sept. 1 - Nancy Toomey
Sept. 4 - John Matthias Horn
Sept. 16 - Paul Zaleski
Sept. 17 - Elizabeth Domato
Sept. 20 - Frank Sellers
Sept. 23 - Steve Horosinski
Sept. 28 - Anne Horn
Sept. 28 - Brian Sutton
Sept. 30 - Dennis Domato
God's love is like the rolling ocean,
So deep and very wide.
No force can ever hope to check,
Or stop its surging tide.
Like craggy mountains towering upward,
Vast and strong and tall,
There is no measure for His love,
And yet I have it all!
by O. J. Robertson
HOW TO BE SAFE
1. Avoid riding in automobiles - they are responsible for 20% of all
2. Do NOT stay home, because 12% of all accidents occur in the home.
3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14% of all accidents
occur to pedestrians.
4. Avoid travel by air, rail, or water because 16% of all accidents
involve these forms of transportation.
5. Of the remaining 33%, 32% of all deaths occur in Hospitals. Above
ALL else, avoid hospitals!
You will be amazed to learn that only, .001% of all deaths occur during
worship services in church, and these are usually related to previous
physical disorders. Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place to
be at any given point in time is at church!
PS. Bible study is safe too. Surprisingly the percentage of deaths
during Bible study is even less!
SO, FOR SAFETY'S SAKE - Attend church and Read Your Bible ...... IT
COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!