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February 16, 2017

The week before last we had our annual Vestry Retreat with our new Vestry members. What a beautiful time! (Both meteorologically and spiritually!) We are so blessed to have this particular group of people as we enter this time of savoring and transition. May the Holy Spirit continue to fill our souls and guide our steps!

With love in Jesus,
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn

Deanery IX and X Women's Retreat
with Bishop Diane and Nora Gallagher
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News Flash

  • Plant Sale Postponed
    The weather forecast is for 100% rain this Friday and 70% on Saturday. The following weekend is 0% rain is predicted. Consequently we are postponing the plant sale until February 25th.  Hope to see you then.
     ~  Lorra, Gordon and Charley
  • Fr. Rob's sermon included a quote from Bishop Steven Charleston that was requested. Here it is:
    Wisdom from Bishop Steven Charleston
    I don't know about you, but I don't think I would have made it this far without help from above. Or beyond. Or any of the other directions the Spirit uses to reach us. I know that I have been blessed more than once by a conscious act to pull me back from the edge of danger, to offer me comfort after a deep sorrow, to give me strength when facing a serious challenge. I have not done this alone. I have been rescued, redeemed, renewed and restored. So my faith is simple: grace is the sign of a loving presence in every human life. It is the constant mystery, the undeserved mercy, the sudden wisdom. We do not obtain grace. We only receive it. We can acknowledge it or not. It does not matter for grace comes from a love that knows no limits.
  • In honor of Sir John Hurt, actor extraordinaire and Anglican clergyman's son, Emmanuel Movie Night presents "Night Crossing"! This action-packed film also stars Jane Alexander and Beau Bridges. It tells the true story of the ingenious and courageous 1979 flight of two families from Communist East Germany to the West, in their own handcrafted, hot-air balloon. We'll be showing the film on Friday, February 24, at 6:30PM in the SHACK room. As always, admission and snacks are free, and the company is stellar!
    By an interesting work of the Holy Sp irit through Fr. Barrett Van Buren and one of our Emmanuel neighbors, Dr. Fasil Quazi, Emmanuel will be hosting a presentation by a group of mental health professionals to provide support for those who have been harrassed or who  would like to help those who have been hurt. Karen and Charley Julien are the contact people for this class which will be held in Edwa rds Hall on Saturday February 25th at 2pm.  All are welcome. For a flyer you can share  click here
  • LENT IS COMING! (Some wisdom from Fr. Paul)
    The Tuesday before the start of Lent is called Mardi Gras meaning "Fat Tuesday" or Shrove Tuesday, a time our sins have been "shriven" i.e. "driven". In the early Catholic church eating meat or sweets was out for forty days. It parallels the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness. The season itself lasts forty-six days. Sundays are a free ticket to consume whatever you wish.

    Lent starts with Ash Wednesday. The ashes mark the onset of the forty-day period of fasting and abstinence. On that day at church foreheads are marked with ashes in the shape of a cross. The use of ashes in the liturgy of Ash Wednesday was taken from this Old Testament biblical custom used as a sign of a reminder of mortality and a sign of sorrow for sin. Ezekiel sees a sealing of the servants of God for their protection: 

    Ezekiel 9:3-4 "And the LORD said to him [one of the four cherubim], 'Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark [literally, 'a tav'] upon the foreheads)"

    Tav is one of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and in ancient script it looked like the Greek letter chi, two crossed lines (like an "x") the first letter in the word "Christ" in Greek Christos). This tav-chi-cross-christos connection sees a prophetic foreshadowing of the sealing of Christians as servants of Christ. What do you do with the ashes after the service? Jesus said, "Wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father who will reward you."

Photo of the Week

Annual Meeting Vision and Blessing
We give thanks for our new Vestry members who are seen here: Robert and Beth Jahncke, Ronnie Moore, and Linda & Rich Bronzellino. What a blessing to have them join our Vestry team!

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10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

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Havermale Hall

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9am to Noon
Under the Pergola

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