Sunday Sermon March 1, 2015

Sunday Sermon Feb. 22, 2015

Sunday Sermon 2-15-2015

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Hayashi regarding Medicaid

As many in the Diocese know, I’ve made the issue of Medicaid Expansion a priority over these past two years. I’ve lobbied legislators, I’ve written statements, I’ve offered speeches, I’ve spearheaded full-page newspaper ads and I’ve gathered the support of 111 fellow clergy from throughout the Utah faith community.

Medicaid Expansion is a program where the legislature can accept 670 million dollars that the federal government has offered to give Utah. This would fund health care for 123,000 of our neighbors who otherwise can’t afford the care. Governor Herbert has tried to trim it down and rename it as “Healthy Utah” to make the legislature accept at least some of the money. As you can see from news reports—many legislative leaders have turned a cold shoulder to the plan—and in my opinion they have also therefore turned a cold shoulder to our neighbors in need.

Healthcare for all is a fundamental and cherished core value of our Diocese since it’s beginning. It was what Bishop Tuttle fought for starting in 1867. Bishop Tuttle sealed us as a people dedicated to healthcare for all when others wouldn’t act. The voiceless in his time could only revert to home remedies. On April 30, 1872, St. Mark’s Hospital opened at 500 East and 400 South with six beds and an unpaid doctor. The Episcopal Church charged a dollar a month for health care. Bishop Tuttle proclaimed—quote “ we shall never refuse admission” to the hospital if one couldn’t afford the dollar.

Last year, we gave about two-hundred thousand dollars through our Trust Two account—our perpetual indigent medical care fund—to make sure at least some of the voiceless people could receive healthcare. We help support the free clinic in Moab. We have offered health services to our neighbors on the reservations. We have offered health services to our neighbors we discover in our cities. We offer health services through mental wellness for our youth in Ogden with their safe after-school program Youth Impact.

However, in today’s environment, we are just part of what can be done. Salt Lake City alone has grown from 12,000 in Bishop Tuttle’s days to a metro area of nearly two-and-a-half million.

With nearly 130-thousand in poverty, the goal of healthcare for all seems unreachable. But, the Federal Government offered to make an amazing gift to bring healthcare with dignity to those who live with the burden of poverty.

Yet, our legislature appears committed to ignore the voiceless. Just as Bishop Tuttle did, I am compelled as your Bishop to reach out. He directed us then. I honor his compassion, his vision, and his courage now.

I ask that you, your neighbors, your family, and your congregation have a conversation about healthcare for all and our heritage as Episcopalians. I ask that if you feel Bishop Tuttle’s directive that “we shall never refuse admission” to healthcare is still valid these nearly hundred-fifty years later, then I ask you contact your legislative representatives. It takes courage. I believe it takes the courage the Lord gives us as Christians.

It will be difficult to change minds, but it can be done. You can email your representative. Please make sure you put in the subject line of the email that you are a constituent of that particular representative. Our friends at the Coalition of Religious Communities tell us emails are the best way short of a personal visit. You can tell him or her that you too are driven by the words “we shall never refuse admittance” to healthcare for all and that you support Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan. You will be giving voice to our neighbors, our families, and you. This is one issue where we are all in it together.

Blessings,

+Scott B. Hayashi

Bishop of Utah

To find your Representative or Senator go to:

http://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp

and enter your address and zip code

From the Diocese of Utah Website

Lenten Book Study: Understanding Spiritual Gifts

Lenten Book Study: Understanding Spiritual Gifts by Kay Arthur and David Lawson, from Water Brook Press

Meet: Sundays in Lent at 9:55am in the back classroom.

Please read chapter 1 before the first meeting on February 22, 2015. We will dismiss in time for those serving during church to get ready. Last meeting will be on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Please contact Deanna Anderson if you plan to attend. She is ordering a questionnaire for you to help identify your spiritual gift during the study.

The book is available from Amazon.com as a paperback for about $8 or Kindle for $6, or from Barnes and Noble for similar prices.

Sunday Sermon 2/8/2015

The Servant, February 2015 Newsletter

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Welcome to February at St. Stephen’s!   What an event filled month this will be.

First, we have the Sock Hop, then Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, a bi-lingual Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of our Lenten Soup Suppers.

Janda

The Vicar’s View

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

February has arrived and there are many things happening at St. Stephen’s!  This is going to be the first of many Community letters to come!  I hope this will keep everyone aware of the goings on at St. Stephen’s.

Besides the highlighted activities above, we are going to have a noon service on Ash Wednesday as well as the bi-lingual service with San Esteban at 7:00 p.m.  Come and begin our Lenten Season with this very meaningful service.

Lenten Book Study with Deanna Anderson begins Sun., the 22nd, in the back classroom at 9:55 A.M.  It will go until March 29th.  The book is:  UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUAL GIFTS by Kay Arthur & David Lawson.  Go to Amazon or Barnes & Nobles to get your copy.

Our Wednesdays in Lent will be shared with San Esteban(2/25; 3/11; 3/25) and St. Stephen’s (3/4; 3/18/; and 4/1) for the meals.  Dinner at 6:00 P.M.;  Stations of the Cross (bilingual) at 7:00; and a study group for St. Stephen’s afterwards.

Please come and join us for these wonderful events.  There will be more announcements as we move along the Lenten Road.  This is a time for reflection and self-examination.  It is also a good time to be together with Community to break bread, worship and study.

In Christ’s Love,

Mary+