Loving Spoonfuls Grocery Totes, Opportunities in Lent, SJE Cares and more in the E-Newsletter for March 3, 2019 https://mailchi.mp/b82108afe5a8/ey7eu7o5mr-1451437
From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
As the Season of Lent approaches next week, plans have been laid by a variety of opportunities for you to engage in this Holy Season. I'd encourage you, if you have not yet done so, to click here to download the 2019 Lenten Bookmark. You can also get a copy of it at the Parish Information Table.
Next Tuesday, March 5, is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardis Gras (which is just Fat Tuesday in French), or Carnival (the putting away of meat in Spanish). At SJE we will have our Annual Pancake Supper at 6pm, but it will be extra special this year. Our SJE Youth Group will be cooking the pancakes in competition style—so you'll get to vote for who made the best pancakes! We'll also have Karaoke entertainment.
Lent then begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6. I'll be out on the streets doing Ashes to Go from 8:00am-10:00am and again from 3:30pm-5:30pm. If you'd like to help me at either of those times, please let me know. During the day, our Eucharistic Visitors and I will also be bringing ashes to people on our Pastoral Care list. The services here at the church will be in English at Noon and Bilingual at 6:00pm.
During the Season of Lent, you will then have several opportunities for worship and formation:
- Our regular Thursday Noon Bible Study will be a time of conversation and study on the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday.
- We are offering a Lenten Formation Series on Sundays at 11:30am and again on Tuesdays at 6:30pm (you can pick whichever is more convenient for you to attend), looking at the Followers of Jesus and engaging in their stories through various prayer practices. The series will be led by our three aspirants to the priesthood. Find out more online here.
- Also, each Wednesday evening at 6:00pm we will be offering Contemplative Evening Prayers in the Style of Taizé, led by the St. Cecilia Choir. This style of worship comes from the ecumenical community in Taizé, France, and features the beautiful reputations of Taizé music and ample time for reflection and prayer.And, of course, if at any point in your Lenten journey, you are wanting to unburden yourself through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I'll be available in the All Souls' Chapel on Wednesdays at 11:30am for private confession. You can also contact me to make an appointment for doing that rite at another time.
And mark your calendars for the First Sunday in Lent, March 10, as the Sunday School holds their Annual Lent Workshop at 11:30am. This year we will be making “Family At The Foot of the Cross” décor to bring into our homes to keep Our Lord in the minds and hearts of all who enter our homes. You will also have the option of doing the Easter Garden as we have in the past if you so choose. The cost is only $15 and all proceeds will go to fund our Sunday School Ministry. If cost is an issue please don’t hesitate to talk to our children and youth coordinator, Reyna Masko. We do not want that stopping you from participating. Please sign up at the Parish Information Table to let us know you'll be participating.
Lent is one of the holiest times of the church year, a wonderful time to open yourself more fully to the presence of God in your life. I hope you'll find ways to move deeper in this season.
PS~ Don't forget, these are the final days for you to make a gift to the Sabbatical Purse for our Parish Administrator, Cindi Sanders. Gifts can be made online through Realm, or through a check made out to St. John's. Either way, just please write "Parish Admin Sabbatical" in the memo line to ensure it goes to the right place. We are asking for gifts to be turned in no later than Ash Wednesday, March 6, so that Cindi will know how much we are giving her and have time to prepare accordingly.
Read more in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, March 3, 2019 https://mailchi.mp/b82108afe5a8/ey7eu7o5mr-1451437
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