Saint Paul's Episcopal Church


Thomas and A Street - Altus, Oklahoma

Priest's Reflections


Dear Parish family,
Sure signs that summer is over and fall is fast approaching are: the children have returned to school, watching professional football exhibition games, Labor Day Weekend approaching as the last holiday until Thanksgiving, and churches beginning their fall programs. St. Paul’s will begin the fall programs with Kick-Off Sunday on September 10th, so mark your calendar and plan to be present. Immediately after the worship service we will gather in the Parish Hall for a meal of chili dogs, baked beans, chips, cookies, watermelon, and ice cream. It will include a review of the findings of the National Church Development Survey from late last year, which are very interesting. It will also set forth a variety of programs which will be provided this year to learn more about, and increase our faith. Some of those topics are: a book study of Barbara Taylor Brown’s “Learning to Walk in the Dark”; “Being Christian, (Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer)”; Being Disciples, Essentials of the Christian Life; God’s Plans For Your Finances; Prayer, What Kind, Why, and hints on how to have a meaningful prayer life, a weekly Bible Study class, and if there is sufficient interest another class of “The Story.” On September 10th I will tell you more about each of these and the dates they will meet, which will be on a week night.

As many of you already know, after the recent storms we had the church roof examined to see about damage and were stunned to find it qualified as a total loss. We have replacement cost insurance through Church Insurance of the national church. The total cost of replacement will be $69,072.50 and our deductible is $22,320.00. (Our deductible for roof is 1% of the total appraised value of the church property.) We are indeed blessed with a beautiful facility in which to worship which has been provided by our church forefathers and as stewards we are charged with maintaining it for those who will come after us. We will be able to pay the deductible because of a gift of $100,000.00 given over twenty years ago by Jack and Jewel Walker. That gift came with the restrictions that for a period of fifty, yes 50 years, we could only use the income or interest generated by that $100,000.00. It is called an Endowment and we invested that sum through the Diocese of Oklahoma and have received good returns. Anyone can make a contribution of any amount to that Endowment at any time during their life or upon their death by a provision in their will. I mention this because it has been, at times, extremely helpful in continuing the ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Altus, Oklahoma. I hope that you too, will prayerfully consider this means of continuing your financial support. If you have further questions please contact me.