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Up and Coming... A Lenten Study
Lent begins on Feb. 18 with Ash Wednesday. It can be seen as a journey, a time of looking inward, a time of self-evaluation before Easter. The emphasis is on both repentance and renewal.
In the spirit of the latter, the monks at the Society of St. John the Evangelist have put together an educational series on time for personal or group study at Lent that begins on Feb. 18 goes through Palm Sunday.
As they say "The first thing God called holy was time but we have corrupted, damaged and polluted this gift as they say. Gift is seen not as a gift but as an enemy -we never have enough of it." Here is their description : "So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse."
"In a series of short, daily videos over five weeks, the Brothers of SSJE invite us to recapture time as a gift. Join the Brothers as they wrestle with questions of time and discover how to experience the joy of the present moment." "Each theme is introduced with a video of a Brother priming us for the week’s theme. The theme is then explored in depth in six short reflection videos (around 2 minutes each). A compilation video is also available each Sunday." This is all done by a daily email.
This goal is help us reorder time in our lives to make life more abundant, to become happier and thus glorify God. For more information see the video link below and the work book. Sign up now for this program below.
Daily meditations in words and music.
Saints of the Week, Jan 25 - Feb. 2
|The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle|
|Timothy Titus [and Silas], Companions of Saint Paul|
|[Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, Witnesses to the Faith] John Chrysostom|
|Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar, 1274|
|[Andrei Rublev, Monk and Iconographer, 1430]|
|[Juan Bosco (John Bosco), Priest, 1888], also [Samuel Shoemaker, Priest and Evangelist, 1963]|
|Brigid (Bride), 523|
|The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple|
Sunday, January 25, 2015 (full size gallery)
Feb. 1 - 10:00am, Godly Play
Feb. 1 - 11:00am, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Feb. 1 - 11:00am, Souperbowl Collection, "Picturing Mary" trip deadline
Feb. 2 - 7:00pm - Candlemas service
Annual Council links
The main council page
Return of Tutoring - "Port Royal Educational Enrichment Program"
We are beginning a second round of tutoring for Port Royal in 2015 under the leadership of Ken Pogue.
There are three major changes in the program from last year:
1. Limiting the tutoring day to only Monday 5pm to 7pm.
2. The location will be our own Parish house and not the fire house
3. The name of the program has changed from "tutoring" to "enrichment". Ken explained that there was some negative reaction to the "tutoring" word among the students.
Last year from March to June, 2014 there were 100 student encounters, 9 tutors over 3 months with Easter intervening. We hope to do even better this year.
One consistency is that we are covering the broad range of education. The program as it developed concentrated on children in elementary school to early high school. Thus we need tutors. You can sign up online or pick a form in church on Sunday. You can also download a paper form here complete and hand in to the church.
The actual start date has not been decided. Ken will be in touch with you. Thanks for your support.
The latest chapter in our food ministry provided 385 pounds of sphaghetti and other pasta, sauce, kleenix, onions, and oranges this past Wednesday. 21 bags of food were distributed feeding over 60 people in the community.
We had helpers beyond the ECW and the youth to broaden the support. Thanks to all.
UTO Grant application submitted by St. Peter's is a winner with the Diocese
With the help of Cookie and Eunice and others, Catherine submitted a grant application to the Diocese for a $15,000 United Thank Offering (UTO) grant for the renovation of the Parish House kitchen this week. The grant would provide new cabinets, countertops and new appliances ( two refrigerators, dishwasher and ice maker) to further our outreach ministries.
After going head to head with 3 other applications, the committee selected St. Peter's application for consideration by the national church. The Diocese UTO committee selects one application to forward to the national office of The Episcopal Church. Note this does not mean that the grant will be funded. We have moved to a higher level of competition. Still, it is a great honor.
The application's rationale will be fine tuned with the Diocese and then sent. At that time we will publish the final grant.
A Real Souper Bowl, Feb 1, 2015
"Souper Bowl of Caring" is an annual fundraising drive organized in partnership with the NFL. It focuses attention on the issues of hunger and poverty in our community and throughout the world. 140 million will tune into the big game but there are 50 million facing hungry.
It began 25 years ago with a simple prayer : “Lord as we enjoy the Super Bowl, help us to be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.” Souper Bowl evolved into a separate non-profit. During "Souper Bowl of Caring 2014", schools, faith-based organizations and service clubs throughout the United States raised over $10 million that was donated to local charities. Here is their video describing the movement.
St. Peter's will participate this year, one of over 14,000 groups. We began in 2012. The money and food we collect stays local and benefits Caroline County since the proceeds will go to our Village Harvest Food ministry.
How did we do last year ?
We can exceed $200 and 70 food items in 2015. Please start now and collect food and/or save your dollars to contribute.
On Sunday Feb 1, 2015, please make a separate donation at the offertory (with “Souperbowl” in the memo line) or bring in some food for this worthy cause. For our February Village Harvest distribution, we’re collecting ingredients for chili, so please bring cans of kidney beans, or other type of beans, (you can also bring dried beans) and cans of tomatoes—diced, crushed.
The youth will also be collecting dollars in our pail outside at the conclusion of the service.
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and Candlemas, Monday evening, Feb 2, 7pm
“Today is a day of purification, renewal, and hope.”
Bring a candle on Monday night to be blessed in mass as we celebrate the festive Candlemas. We are inviting St. Asaph's to this service.
Here is last year's service
The Presentation of our Lord commemorates when Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem where he was greeted by Simeon and Anna. By the Law every first born male was to be consecrated to the Lord.” This happened 40 days after his birth at Christmas.
It is a feast day though it does not often fall on a Sunday. Candlemas occurs at a period between the December solstice and the March equinox, so many people traditionally marked that time of the year as winter’s “halfway point” while waiting for the spring.
Candlemas is actually a very old feast, celebrated by both the churches of the East and the West, and in some places it is on this day that the creche is finally removed from the church. The passage from the words in this scripture are often part of Compline
According to some sources, Christians began Candlemas in Jerusalem as early as the fourth century and the lighting of candles began in the fifth century. The feast was observed on February 2 in regions where Christ's birth was celebrated on December 25. It is also Groundhog Day in the United States and Canada on February 2.
Candles are blessed on this day (hence the name “Candlemas”). It was the day of the year when all the candles, that were used in the church during the coming year, were brought into church and a blessing was said over them - so it was the Festival Day (or 'mass') of the Candles. Candles were important in those days not only because there was no electric lights. Some people thought they gave protection against plague and illness and famine. For Christians, they were (and still are) a reminder of something even more important. Before Jesus came to earth, it was as if everyone was 'in the dark'.
Pieces of these candles are considered of great efficacy in sickness, or otherwise. When a person is dying, a piece is put in his hand lighted, and thus he passes away in the belief that it may light him to Paradise.
Field trip, Feb. 9 - Exploring Mary through Art
On Monday, February 9th, we will take a field trip to the National Museum of Women in the Arts to see the exhibit, “Picturing Mary.” This exhibit of more than sixty works of images of the Virgin Mary, focuses on different aspects of Mary’s identity and her relationship to our Christian faith. Susan Tilt, professional artist, will lead our group through the exhibit. This is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed.
We will tour the exhibit and eat lunch either in the museum café or in a local restaurant. Admission to the museum is $10 for those under 65, $8 for students and those over 65. Youth 18 and under are free.
Please let Catherine know (540) 809-7489 or by email if you are interested in this fantastic/once in a lifetime opportunity. We have 6 people that have signed up. Please respond by Feb. 1 if you want to go and add your name to the list.
Epiphany 4, Year B Lectionary Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
I.Theme - Scope and meaning of God’s Authority
"St. Peter's - inside picture as a drawing"
The lectionary readings are here or individually:
Mark – Jesus demonstrates divine authority by healing a man with unclean spirit. Jesus preaches the Good news even when it leads to conflict
Deuteronomy – Moses encourage people to listen to God’s prophet and heed God’s word
Corinthians – True obedience to law must be balance by love and compassion
From Bruce Epperly - "Process and Faith"
"Today’s lectionary readings reflect on the nature of authority and the impact of our actions on the wellbeing of others. The season of Epiphany is an invitation to reflect on the many places and ways God reveals Godself to humankind. With the mystic Meister Eckhardt, Epiphany is grounded in the affirmation that all things are words of God. Anyone of us – and also the non-human world – can be a vehicle of divine revelation. Yet, revelation is always contextual, concrete, and variable.
"In the historical matrix of life, some persons and places are more transparent to the divine than others. This is a matter of call and response – God’s call and our responses as individuals and communities. Still, even though all of us turn away from God at times, some more than others, all persons have something of the divine within them. As John’s Gospel proclaims, the light of God enlightens all, even when we pursue darkness rather than light.