We are in the last weeks of Lent. Even if you haven’t been able to make much spiritual preparation for Easter, there are still some opportunities for prayer and reflection that are listed in this e-letter Please take a look, and participate where you can.
And to those of you who signed up to do the “fun run” level of the Bible Challenge – reading through the Gospel of Matthew during Lent – congratulations! You made it! I hope that your experience of daily Bible reading has deepened your faith, brought you closer to God and left you feeling like the Bible is worth reading and pursuing further.
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Special Needs Worship-All God's Children Service – March. 17 - at 12 noon. Designed for children and families with a range of special needs – including anyone who has a hard time sitting still! It’s 30 mins. long, with lots of movement, music and participation. Pass the word to friends and neighbors who can benefit from this. We need volunteers to provide a gluten-free snack for the kids and some munchies for adults.
Prayer Watch(Maundy Thursday night) – Jesus asks us to keep watch with him in the Garden of Gethsemane. We’ll be holding our annual Prayer Watch in the Church at our Altar of Repose on 3/28 after the Maundy Thursday service, from 8:30 pm – 12 midnight, with 30 minute watch times available. We’d like to make sure that there is at least one person on watch in every time slot.
Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.
Lenten Taizé Services – Weds. 7 pm. Come for 30 minutes of candlelight, chanting, prayer, silence and Scripture reading, in the spirit and style of the Taizé Christian Community whose mission is reconciliation with God and others. Connect with God and renew your spirit.
Easter Flowers – if you would like to donate flowers and plants for Easter, either in memory of someone or in thanksgiving for a blessing, please use the flower envelopes in your pews. Remember to include the name of the person you want remembered. The names will appear in the Easter bulletins. The deadline for the information is March 21. Thank you.
Coffee Hour after the 10 am service will continue to be held in the Lower Room of the Parish House until the new kitchenette upstairs is completed.
Maundy Thursday Agapé Meal – Please join us for this simple, desert-themed community meal before our Maundy Thursday worship. What kind of foods are included? Pita bread and hummus; tabbouleh and vegetable salads; cheese, olives, grapes and dried fruit; cous-cous or rice pilaf; wine and grape juice. How is an Agapé meal different from a Seder? Agapé is the Greek word for divine love. In the early Church Christians shared a meal together as part of worship, in which context they celebrated the Eucharist. The Seder, by contrast, is the central Passover celebration in Jewish homes, recalling the night of their deliverance from
slavery in Egypt. The Christian Seder is actually the Easter Vigil, the night of which we celebrate our deliverance from sin and death through the resurrection of Jesus. Consider making this meal part of your Holy Week experience this year, before we worship
together on Maundy Thursday. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to let us know what part of the meal you can bring and how many people will be attending.
Wedding Shower for Jody Doktor, our Director of Music, and Shea Velloso onSunday, April 7 at 1 pm in the Parish Hall. Help Shea and Jody get ready for their wedding. The event will be a pot-luck luncheon. If any of you would be willing to make a vegan main dish (for Shea) it would be much appreciated. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to tell us what you can bring and how you can help! And……
Wedding Service will be on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:30 am at All Saints’and everyone is invited to the service! There will be
wonderful music (of course!). Hope you all can be there to share your joy and prayers for Jody and Shea on their big day!
Sunday School Schedule
3/17: Sunday School as usual
3/24: Palm Sunday; all kids participate in outdoor Palm Procession, then PreK&K kids go to class. All others go to worship. J2A after coffee hour
3/31: Easter Day (no Sunday School)
4/7: Family Service (no Sunday School)
Holy Saturday Kids’Service, Easter Egg Hunt and Ribbon Banner Making – March 30, 10 am. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. And we need donations of candy for the eggs, volunteers to provide refreshments and the materials for the banners. Please sign your kids up on the sheet in the Narthex and let us know how you can help. Thanks.
Communion Class – 1st and 2nd graders are invited to join this 3-week class to learn more about the Eucharist. Classes meet on Mondays from 4-5:15 pm with Mother Vicki in the Rath House, 4/15, 4/22, and 4/29. On May 5th the children who have completed the class will be recognized at the 10 am service. To enroll your child, please e-mail the Parish Office. If you want your child to participate but have a scheduling conflict, please speak to Mother Vicki. This is an important aspect of your child’s Christian education.
Bible Study/“Bible Buddies” groups are meeting weekly throughout Lent on Wednesdays; 10:15 am in the Church Narthex& 7:45 pm in the Rath House, to support those who are participating in the Bible Challenge. Bring your questions, your wonderings, your sense of humor. Bring your Bible, too, or use one of ours.
OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Stewardship - When we focus on scarcity, it seems as though there isn’t enough of anything, that God hasn’t been generous. As a result, our faith shrinks down to what little can be seen. But with faith we can see abundance, for more than enough. Once we become aware of God’s abundance, we may also realize that there is more than enough of all God’s gifts. God’s abundance is at the heart of the Bible. ~ Lenten Devotional, Luther Seminary.
Parish House Construction Update– The electrical work continued this week, both on the entry-way and on the existing building. The plumbing work for the heating and Parish Hall sink was installed. The framing for the new kitchenette was completed and the cabinets and a rolling cart for the folding chairs were delivered.
Memorial Garden News – The broken fencing next to the Rath House has now been repaired thanks to Mark Stapperfenne; he did a great job! Also, the inscription on the new altar top has been completed. While we still need to do some re-planting we are making good progress. If there is anyone interested in helping with Memorial Garden planting (both the design of the plan and the work itself), please speak to Charlie Hogan, Janice Lettieri or Mother Vicki.
Office Recycling - Keep bringing in those used printer & toner cartridges! We received eight this week! Thank you! We receive $2 credit at Staples for each cartridge. In 2012, we raised $476 toward office supplies! Remember to drop them off in the box in the Narthex. ~Susie Harris
Holy Week and Easter
These are the most important days in the entire Christian year. We experience again the central facts of Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection that are the foundation of our faith. Our participation in the events of Holy Week and Easter become the cornerstone for our walk with the Lord. This year we are making some changes that will underscore the inherent drama of Holy Week.
Palm Sunday, March 24. Palm Procession with Bagpiper; Dramatic Reading of the Passion Gospel with musical accompaniment after Communion.
Agapé Meal, Thursday, March 28, 6 pm. This is a simple, desert-themed meal; a way of gathering, as Jesus and his disciples did, before we commemorate the Last Supper in the Eucharist (This replaces the Seder Supper).
Maundy Thursday Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar, March 28, 7:30 pm. After Communion, we prepare the altar for the starkness of Good Friday, and set up the Altar of Respose in front of the baptismal font for personal prayer and meditation.
Prayer Watch – 8:30 pm-12 am (Maundy Thursday night). Come and keep watch in the Church with Jesus on the night of his trials in the Garden of Gethsemane. 30 minute prayer times are available, concluding with Good Friday Morning Prayer at Midnight.
Stations of the Cross, Good Friday,
March 29, 12 noon – this interactive, intergenerational services moves throughout the Church, tracing Jesus’ journey to the Cross. At each Station there will be things to see, touch, sing, do and say.
The Good Friday Liturgy, 7:30 pm. In the stripped and stark Church we gather to observe and mourn the death of Jesus on the Cross.
Holy Saturday Children’s Service and Easter Egg Hunt, March 30, 10 am. A 20-minute service in the Church to mark the day of Jesus’ body lying in the tomb. The traditional parish Easter Egg Hunt for younger children follows. Older kids will make Easter ribbon banners to decorate the parking lot lamp posts.
The Great Vigil of Easter, March 30, 7:30 pm. In the Memorial Garden we light the new fire of Christ’s resurrection and process into the Church to hear the story of our salvation by candlelight and then celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.
Easter Day, March 31, 8 am and 10 am. All the glories of Easter with choirs, hymns and organ at both services. Flowering plants for children.
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Lent 2013 ~ Day 30
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;of whom shall I be afraid?
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage, wait for the Lord! ~ Psalm 27:1, 13-14