Growing in God's Love as an Open, Caring Community

Announcements – March 10, 2019

Associate priest- the Rev. Lev Sherman celebrating

 Welcome to our new worship space!” Please take home the information sheet about our seating experiment.

Outreach is sponsoring two opportunities, one that is local and one that is international, for giving during Lent:

  • Donations to local shelter Hope Rising that assists sex trafficing victims. Gift card to Hannaford or a gas card to help the program’s graduates.
  • Second option is to give to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). 

 

Lent is a time to pause and a time for reflection. For the first three weeks of Lent the Guiding Team will be displaying on the back wall of the Worship Space questions to reflect upon in your prayer time. This week’s question is:   WHAT GIFT(S) HAS GOD GIVEN ME?  

 

The Lenten Study group led  by Jamie Beck will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. Join this small group as they follow St. Patrick’s Lenten Path Go: Works of Mercy: Where do you meet Jesus? The beginning of our Ash Wednesday liturgy explains that part of observing a holy Lent is to remember Jesus’ gospel of “pardon and absolution.” Yet Lent is not about confession and repentance as punishment but as a profound, grace-filled unburdening so that we might encounter the living Christ in all. When we go out, when we choose a commitment to sacred works of mercy, we set aside our notions of “otherness” and choose Christ, meeting him right where he tells us he will be—in the hungry and thirsty, the stranger and the naked, the sick and the prisoner. If you are looking to tap into a more meaningful and prayerful Lent, consider attending St. Patrick’s Lenten Path group. Guided by Forward Movement, this group will meet weekly to discuss suggested readings, pray, and mindfully move through Lent as a small faith community. The books which will be used for this journey are:

  • The Social Justice Bible Challenge: A 40 Day Bible Challenge by Marek Zabriskie ($12.94 paperback or $9.99 Kindle version) and
  • Meeting Jesus on the Margins: A Meditation on Matthew 25 by Bo Cox, Allison Duval, and Hugo Olaiz ($10.63 paperback or $4.99 Kindle version).

Both can be purchased through Amazon. Scholarships available for these materials. If you have questions contact Jamie Beck

WEDNESDAY EVENING LENTEN SERIES.  St. Patrick’s was packed with folks to observe Ash Wednesday this past Wednesday. Thank you for all who worked to make this  ecumenical event a success!  Outstanding were our musicians and the food!   Let’s support the Ministerium ‘s  Lenten Series by participating in other host churches.  There have been some last minute changes to the series which will be posted as soon as we know.  The next Lenten series service will be on  Wednesday, March 13th  at 6:30 at the Holden United Church of Christ. Also known as the Holden Congregational Church, it is located on route 1A in Holden on Church Rd. This is a right hand turn just after Copeland Hill Rd (heading toward Ellsworth).

Ushers have the New Personnel Information Sheet with important numbers for you.

Prayer list updates: Larry and Bonnie Puls are the new contact people for creating the prayer list.  If you would like to add or delete someone from the prayer list you can add your request in the common room or contact the Puls’ at bonniepuls@aol.com or 942-1321 or find their contact information in the new green directory.

New church directory.  If you have not yet received the new green church directory,  please ask an usher for a copy.

The Maine Counsel of Churches Advocacy Days at the State House are March 25 and 26. See a flyer in the Common Room  for details, and registration and if interested in going, check with Mary Ann Perry about carpooling.

St. John’s Episcopal Church is offering a series entitled INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM: What I wanted to learn about Islam and never asked.  The series is on four consecutive Thursday evenings which includes a simple meal.  The series is on March 14,21, 28 and April 4 at 6:00 PM (presentation begins at 6:45). There is no obligation to attend all four.   For further information,  pick up a flyer in the Common Room. All are welcome.  RSVP is necessary by phone to St. John’s: 207-947-0156 Or by e-mail to presenter Bill Voss: vossduck@mindspring.com.

Coming up in April:

Spring Training 2019: Learn more.

Saturday, April 27, 2019
South Parish Congregational Church
9 Church Street
Augusta, Maine

Register here for the event. Please register by Easter.

“Walking the way of love”

 

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by Paula Baines