Block Print by Mike Newman
Ken Pogue's "Port Royal Tutoring Program" - Tutors needed
Ken Pogue, our Stewardship chair has proposed a new tutoring program for Port Royal youth from kindergarden to high school. He provided a sign up sheet to request tutors at church.
It is not just about the learning but for students about professionalism and workplace skills, community and family life skills, motivation (spiritual and secular) and career resources/opportunities. The program will evolve with the students and tutors and will be depend on the commitment of both.
You can sign up for this program online. Link also has Ken's original description of the program.
Daily meditations in words and music.
Read the Bible in a year or a part of it:
Prayer requests - Add a name to the prayer list here.
Saints of the Week, March 9 -March 16
|William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645|
|Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167|
|Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, 367|
|[Richard Meux Benson, Religious, 1915, and Charles Gore, Bishop of Worcester,
of Birmingham, and of Oxford, 1932]
Port Royal : Block By Block -Part 13, Block of Cumberland, Frederick, Back, Market
This is part of a series examining Port Royal "block by block" based on a map owned by Jim Patton from 1930. See here for the background.
This block is four blocks away from St. Peter's. It is bordered by Cumberland, Frederick, Back and King. It encompasses lots 58,59,65,66 . .
Owners here: Judith Banks (c. 1778); at her death, her ad¬ministrators were Joseph Jones, John Taliaferro, & John Skinker who transferred her Lots 58, 59, 65, 66 in 1796 to John Victor. In the same year owners were Walter Scott first, and then William S. Stone, both of Fredericksburg; David B. Powers (1875). Lot 58 was divided in 1892: the upper half along Cumberland St. to Frederick St. was deeded to Shiloh Baptist Church, the lower half retained by Powers. Lot 58 became the graveyard of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Lent 1 - March 9, 2014 (full size gallery)
March 12 - 7:00pm, Lenten Study on "Frog and Toad"
March 12 - Online Lenten course "Making Sense of the Cross" ends
March 16 - 10:00am, Bishop Goff meets with Godly Play
March 16 - 11:00am, Baptism, Reception Holy Eucharist, Rite I with Bishop Goff
March 16 - 12:00pm, Luncheon for Bishop Goff and for those Baptized and Received
Frog and Toad return to St. Peter's, Wed. March 12, 7pm
Frog and Toad come visiting during Lent on three successive Wednesday evenings (March 12, 19, 26) at 7pm that are guaranteed to be entertaining and enlightening. Frog and Toad are the main characters in a series of easy-reader children's books, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel during the 1970's.
We will join Frog and Toad in delving into the Lenten themes of what it means to wait patiently in a world in which we expect instant results. Along with Frog and Toad we’ll experience the true meaning of gluttony and face into the difficulties of the temptations that even the good things in our lives can bring to us. And along with Frog and Toad, we’ll experience the ups and downs of living in community, and how communities can be empowered by positive effort and persistence. Scripture and theology will be part of our study as well.
The Frog and Toad books, in order of publication date, are: Frog and Toad are Friends (1970), Frog and Toad Together (1972), Frog and Toad All Year (1976), Days with Frog and Toad (1979)
Bishop Goff Art (full size gallery)
“Doing visual art is central to my spiritual life. As I create, I find myself in deeper communion with God’s creative power. I often enter a state of being that is akin to prayer, where clock time has no meaning, and I am energized and nourished.” – The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff
Bishop Goff will be with us for visitation at 11am March 16th. She will meet with the children at 10am. After the service there will be a luncheon in the Parish house honoring Michael Fox who will be baptized, the Fishers who will be received and the Bishop.
Many people don’t know Bishop Goff is also an artist. She has worked in many mediums – fiber sculpture, acrylic, mixed media, collage, and screen prints. Her knowledge of Spanish and
RegionOne hosted Bishop Goff with Colonial Beach artist Susan Tilt at St. Mary's in November, 2012. The gallery was created at that time
She became the first female bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia when she was consecrated at St. Paul's Richmond in July , 2012. Her biography is here
Getting Into Lent - A review
Lent - Week One and beyond (full size gallery)
Links -We have a dedicated Lenten part of the website - Lent at St. Peter's 2014 which has the events listed. Highlights include:
- Introduction to Lent
- Our own Lenten Calendar
- Online Course "Making Sense of the Cross" - David Lose - Wednesday, March 5-12,
- Frog and Toad Lenten Study, March 12,19, 26
- Lenten Quiet Day , ECW at Roslyn, Wednesday April 2
- Holy Week, April 14-20
If this is not enough, we have other links to various Lenten resources
A new Lenten Link - "Love Life"
A new resource - "Love Life" from The Society of Saint John the Evangelist. What new word is God speaking to you today ?
They will be looking at the Gospel of John through this series, which predominates our Lenten lectionary. You can subscribe to the daily emails above which contain a video and transcript. Here is their description
"The title of our series is Love Life and we want to talk about the abundant life that Jesus promises us in this gospel. And we’ll be looking at it through a variety to themes: revelation, invitation, participation, collaboration and location. We’ll look at those themes over the course of the six weeks. But we’ll be really sharing from our hearts what this gospel means to us and what we believe it can mean to you all."
I have found the first two days of this resource both very inviting and insightful. Try it out. There is also free resource book at the above site.
For more Lenten resources see this link - other Lenten resources
"Making Sense of the Cross" - The Cross as an experience not just a theory
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014 ChurchNext is sponsoring a free online course Making Sense of the Cross, a series that invites online learners to “listen in” on an open conversation about the cross. Click here to learn more and register for free. There is still time to take it since it will take less than 1 hour . Dr. David Lose, professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul will moderate the course and answer online questions during the week of The Big Class.
As a sample, here is an introduction to his course. This section is "The Cross and Experience":
Hymn of the Week, March 16, 2014 - "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing was written by the 18th century pastor and hymnist Robert Robinson. Robert Robinson penned the words at age 22 in the year 1757. In the USA, the hymn is usually set to an American folk tune known as Nettleton, composed by printer John Wyeth
The lyrics, which dwell on the theme of divine grace, are based on 1 Samuel 7:12, in which the prophet Samuel raises a stone as a monument, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” The English transliteration of the name Samuel gives to the stone is Ebenezer, meaning Stone of Help.
Lectionary, March 16, Lent 2
I.Theme - Signs and promises, signs requested, signs given, and signs difficult to discern.
"Christ Instructing Nicodemus" - Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678)
The lectionary readings are here or individually:
Today’s readings are all about signs and promises, signs requested, signs given, and signs difficult to discern. Lent is a time to ask God to help us to be more loving, remembering that God is always ready to strengthen us.
Abram is covenanted by God, he is given the promise of a being a leader of a great nation, when he was beyond the years of having children. Abram trusted God to chart a path for him into the unknown
In contrast, Nicodemus, certainly better educated never understood the significance of Christ beyond the miracles. Nicodemus comes to Jesus looking for a sign – and when he is given it, he cannot understand it. He never understood that Jesus' teachings were for more than the Jews and that he would have to abandon his older understandings. His knowledge was a barrier trying to understand. God ultimately gave us his Son for stengthening us and the community.
Paul discusses Abraham’s ‘wages’ which he says are a gift when the promise comes true;
Who is driving ? you or God ?
Shrine Mont Retreat with Christ Episcopal, May 2- 4
Father Jeff and Christ Episcopal Church has extended an invitation to join them at their Shrine Mont retreat on May 2-4. What a beautiful time of year to go!
“Shrine Mont is a place where people are more important than things, where prayer and reflection, rest and recreation are more important than appointments and tasks. It’s a place where people give thanks to God for his creation—from the beauty of the streams, flowers and wildlife which are at home here, to the people who come to this place to celebrate being part of the family of God.”
In addition to the beautiful scenery, amazing home-cooked style meals, and relaxing porches with plenty of rocking chairs Shrine Mont offers…
• A Prayer Labyrinth
• Tennis court
• Volleyball court
• Outdoor Swimming Pool
• Two large recreation fields suitable for softball, soccer and other sports and games
• Campfire rings
• Horseshoes, croquet and bocci ball
• Scenic hiking trails
• Gift Shop