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February 23, 2017

Next week we begin our Lenten journey. But before that--the feasting! Check out this issue to find out more.

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

Shrove Tuesday
Ash Wednesday
Transformation Thursdays

Shrove Tuesday is traditionally a time to eat up all the sweets before the beginning of Lent. It comes from the word "shriven" referring to the sense of being penitent for our sins. This next Tuesday we will gather in the parish hall at 6pm to feast on pancakes, sausage, and fruit and then have a rowdy procession out to bury "Hallelujah" in preparation for a holy Lent.

Ash Wednesday will take place on March 1 and is a time to reflect on our own mortality, give thanks for God's unconditional love, and choose ways to grow deeper spiritually during our Lenten journey. Ashes represent our earthly nature and the reminder that "from dust you have come and to dust you shall return". Ash Wednesday services will be held at 7am, 10am and 7pm. The 7pm Ash Wednesday service will be held in the context of our monthly Taize worship. For the first half hour we will have our Ash Wednesday readings interspersed with our candlelit time of silence and reflection. Then we will continue with the Ash Wednesday imposition of ashes and communion. Three different times, three great opportunities! Come join us as we begin our Lenten adventure together.

Lenten Series: Tales from the Madhouse

Lenten Series: Tales from the Madhouse. Thursday nights in Lent from 7:30 - 8:30pm. Each week we will see a short video and then have a chance to share our own reflections. Synopsis of the videos: Set inside the crumbling walls of a dilapidated Victorian sanatorium, several mysterious characters reveal their secret stories to the visiting camera. They are linked by one unifying and crucial event in their lives: each of them has had an encounter with Jesus of Nazareth in some way-an experience that has left an indelible mark, and yet ... they have decided to return to the shadows. Here is an acclaimed series that opens up the Scriptures, the story of Jesus, and Easter week in a fascinating way.

News Flash

  • 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 harassed 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

Signs Point to "Yes"
Here is a good reminder as you prepare for a holy Lent and seek to ponder what to take on or release during your journey this year!

February 28 - 6-7pm
Edwards Hall

Imposition of Ashes
and Communion
March 1
7am, 10am, and 7pm

Thursday nights
Beginning March 2
7:30pm - 8:30pm

March 4 at 4pm


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

7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

Saturdays at 9am in
Havermale Hall

First Wednesday/Month
7pm in the Church

Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola

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