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Best of Holy Week and Easter, April 13-20, 2014 April 21, 2014

From Palm Sunday to Easter, 2014 we held 5 services with 203 in attendance, compared to 166 in 2013. We also participated in the Port Royal Sunrise service on Sunday morning. Yes, we did walk with Jesus in his suffering and hardships and then shared and proclaimed the resurrection.

Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 April 20, 2014

By 11am we were basking in full sunlight with blue sky. Temperatures were in the 60’s. The Osprey were out building nests in the gentle breeze, certainly one of the memories of this week. 75+ people were in attendance augmented by some families – Longs and Dukes, especially. Bonnets were everywhere including Boyd’s. A great time to greet parishioners.|Easter is a time of celebration and that included music with Marilyn providing music inside during the lighting of the Paschal fire, Mary Lawrence on trumpet echoing the hymns, Brad performing the intricate “Prelude and Fugue in F major” (Bach) and the choir adding “Up from the Grave” during communion

Sunrise Service, April 20, 2014 April 20, 2014

We started out at the Sunrise Service at the Long’s House, bright and early at 6:30am. The sun was clearly visible down the river but did fully manifest itself until the Rev. Bobby Greene of Memorial Baptist was in the midst of his sermon. Catherine read twice, the opening prayer and the Apostles Creed and Nancy and Helmut provided the music for the opening hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” and “He Lives.”

Good Friday, April 18, 2014 April 18, 2014

We had 30 people on an overcast day with still a chill in the air. There was a “Good Friday” type of mood in the air – somewhat introspective thinking about what happened.|Certain images come to mind after tonight’s service. First the wonderful music. Marilyn played her best on” Domino”, an introspective but biting melody that could be easily remembered as Marilyn went through variations. A very moving rendition to say the least. The music swirled around the church|After the sermon was the veneration of the cross, the dramatic entrance of the cross. Then a chance for prayer and to put a taper in the sand in the front. By the end there were 18 candles and many prayers said.

Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014 April 17, 2014

We had 28 on a beautiful night with several visitors. While remaining cool, the clear conditions provided a wonderful backdrop for the service. Today we had the added benefit of watching osprey watch over a nest they are a making in an old sycamore tree in the front. This takes the old and brings new life, which is a theme of Easter.|Marilyn brought her new 60 string harp tonight for the first time and graced us with music in the prelude “Near the Cross and in the ending Keep Watch segment. Helmut and Nancy provided a vocal and violin duet in the offertory “O Loving Father.” Helmut also provided the mounful accompaniment to the foot washing in “Abendsegen (Evening Blessing).”

Tenebrae, April 16, 2014 April 16, 2014

Tenebrae on April 16, 2014 was the opening of the Holy Week services. After several warmer than normal days, we had a refreshing (but cold!) rain on Monday day and Monday night that set the stage for a day with glorious sunshine and mild temperatures. We had 20 at Tenebrae which was a good turnout. This was an unusual service with its own Liturgy. 14 candles are lit and extinguished gradually throughout the service until one is left. “This service makes use of the power of light and sound to emphasize the darkness of death. The service ends on a note of hope. One candle remains, a solitary light in the darkness into which we depart.

Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 April 13, 2014

The weather was warm (70’s) and glorious with abundant sunshine. We had 51, including the Andersons who returned from Texas. We had a few guests also. All the children were present for Godly Play.|Lent wrapped up this week. It was the Liturgy of the Palms before the service at 10:45am and then the Liturgy of the Passion which is the extended Holy Week reading, this year from the Gospel of Matthew. We had less than 20 for the Litany of the Palms last year when it was colder in March, 2013. We had 30-40 this year with the excellent weather.|The altar was stripped for the passion narrative. One by one Eunice brought objects to the altar which were symbolic of the event and also provide a lesson for us. It included the bread and wine, a sword, a bowl of water and towel, fair linen, a rock, 30 pieces of silver, a crown of thorns and scarlett robe. After the passion narrative Catherine explained the symbolism as the sermon.

Jim Heimbach’s collection of Belfry construction photos, April 12, 2014 April 12, 2014

160+ photos Jim Heimbach took during Belfry construction Dec. 1, 2009 to May 30, 2010. Belfry work was dedicated, Easter, 2010.

A spring day in Port Royal, April 11, 2014 April 11, 2014

Beautiful sunrise, plants and trees in bloom, tutoring at the Fire house. A good day to be here.

Port Royal Tutoring, March 26, 2014 March 26, 2014

Ken updated us at 11am on the first week of the tutoring program – 26 as students with 13 tutors. 7 students were there on Friday. They are compiling a group of needs. They may move some of the older children to use the library on Wed. evenings. They need some tutors with a background in guidance counselor with those trying to get a GED or to see the vocational options.

Bishop Goff visit March 16, 2014 March 16, 2014

We had 52 in church for Bishop Goff’s visit on March 16. Brad and Helmut soloed on Handel and “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” joined in by the choir at the offertory. During the service Michael Fox was baptized and Chris and Becky Fisher were received. Michael Fox received a cross and a children’s Bible as gifts. The Fishers received a cross and a prayer book.|Cookie was recognized for her 12 years of service with the newsletter. Words can’t express how much her family does for the church. Catherine added a gift of a rhododendron. Meanwhile, the Congregation presented the Bishop with a photograph book of the church spearheaded by the organizational and publishing skills of Barbara Wisdom.

Ladies Night Out Feb. 15, 2014 February 16, 2014

We had at least two couples on vacation but we still had 28-30 for a night of wonderful food and generous laughter, the 11th year of the event.|As usual the Men “cooked” for the Ladies and it was outstanding. Johnny’s venison , Dave’s catfish, Ken’s chicken dish, Barbara’s macaroni, Eunice’s deviled eggs, Mary Ann’s sangria, Steve’s pork sliders (Catherine and Ben’s son-in-law) and many others, including a blueberry cobbler (Johnny) at the end. There were plenty of vegetables – brocoli, corn pudding, and spoonbread. The entertainment was a game of “Jeopardy” which the men won at the end.

The Presentation/Candlemas Feb. 2, 2014 February 2, 2014

The Presentation occurs on Sunday infrequently so we made this a special service. We had 38 to bless the candles for Candlmas and hear the story of the Presentation of Jesus in the readings and approached differently in a scientific sermon. The children came into participate in Candlemas at the procession. A good turnout for them with 7 children. Amy’s lesson was on the mustard seed.

Congregational Meeting Jan 19, 2014 January 19, 2014

Today was the Parish meeting. We had a small crowd of 31 at the meeting. Gifts were given to the wardens. Reports posted online. From the sermon, And the work that we have been given as a church is the work that was given to John the Baptist–to prepare a road for God to come to Gods people. Our ministry this year has been to continue to build roadways here in this community, roadways that hopefully will bring the people of this community closer together as all of us travel toward glory. The areas, partnership and working together was the key. With Outreach it was with Caroline’s Promise, the town of Port Royal.

Epiphany service 01/6/2014 January 6, 2014

Our service started in the dark of the night, as the Magi approached the manger in the dark, with a short reading from Isaiah. Tucker lit the window candles during the “The First Nowell”|We had 20 people at the service at the beginning of a long cold night. Temperature were supposed to reach down to 5 degree. The readingss appointed for Epiphany are here. The bulletin is published.||We not only had the window candles but also the prominent Moravian star hanging from the gallery.