From Fr. Peter:
"Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? I will with God's help." (from the Baptismal Covenant, BCP p. 305)
Sometimes the opportunity to serve Christ in another person falls into our laps, and by the grace of God we have the good sense to respond positively, but most of the time we need to be more intentional about seeking out those in need to serve them as Jesus would. Let this stand as an invitation to each of you to join me next Friday, March 15th, as we begin an intentional ministry at the Hope Alzheimer Center here in Cranston. At 1:30 on the third Friday of each month we will gather with any clients who are interested, and worship together. We'll sing some hymns, offer our prayers, and break bread in remembrance of Jesus. N special training or experience is needed, just a heart open to loving others in the same way Jesus loves us. Call me if you have questions or concerns. All are welcome to join me in this special service.
- Fr. Peter
OUTREACH COMMITTEE MEETING
Sunday, March 10 (after the 10 am service)
Please join Lois Bogda and Michael Sheldon to talk and plan for St. David's future outreach events. All are welcome.
SATURDAY SERVICES IN MARCH
Due to a variety of conflicts, there will be no services on Saturdays through March 23. The Easter Vigil will be Saturday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Due to the inclement weather, both the teen and adult classes will meet on March 10 and March 17. Please see Fr. Peter is you have any questions/concerns.
HOLY COMMUNION Q & A WITH FR. PETER
Attention All Parents of young children at St. David's! A special invitation for Saturday morning, March 30th. I'll be holding a special class with any of our younger children (ages 4 - 10ish) to talk about communion, what we do, what it means, and to answer any of their questions. We'll open up the sacristy, too, and they can try on some of the special vestments we use, see all the different chalices and patens, crosses and candlesticks we have, and find out where our yummy communion wafers come from. This special class will be held from 10:00 - 11:00AM. Give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions.
COMMUNICATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Are you a budding photographer? Writer? Graphic designer? Someone looking for new ways to contribute to the church's sustainability goals? The communications committee welcomes your expertise! Specifically, help is needed in the following areas:
Posting event listings in the local media outlets, including print, Web and TV calendars
Photographing newsworthy events, such as Ashes to Go, Blessings of the Animals, and others
Drafting press releases and photo captions
Brainstorming new ideas to continually improve our internal and external communications programs
If interested, please contact Carol Swanson at email@example.com.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Sunday, March 24, Palm Sunday Liturgy 8 & 10 am
Tuesday, March 26, "Baptism as a Way of Life" Study Group,6:30 to 8:30 pm
Wed, March 27, Tenebrae Service, 7 pm
Thurs, March 28, Maundy Thursday Liturgy, 7 pm
Stripping of the Altar
All Night Watch (sign-up sheet in the Narthex)
Friday, March 29, Good Friday Liturgy at Noon
Friday, March 29, Good Friday, Stations of the Cross, 7 pm
Saturday, March 30, The Great Vigil of Easter, 7 pm
Sunday, March 31, Easter Sunrise Service at Harrington Hall, 6 am
Easter Sunday Festival Eucharist, 8 & 10 am
Easter Egg Hunt after 10 am service
Holy Week services and activities offer a variety of ways to better enrich your spiritual path through the last week of Lent; and thus enhance your Easter celebration.
The Palm Sunday service begins with the fanfare of the Triumphal Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. The mood quickly changes with the Passion reading as we are taken from Jesus' time in the Garden of Gethsemane all the way to his Crucifixion.
The Maundy Thursday service remembers the Last Supper and Jesus' humility in the Washing of Feet. The service ends with the powerful stripping of the altar. And then the Sanctuary Lamp is removed. Nothing is left -signifying the emptiness of a world without Jesus. Following the Maundy Thursday service you are all invited to "watch with Jesus." [Sign-up sheet in the Narthex]
At the Good Friday service we, of course, remember Jesus' Crucifixion. This year there will be two service's here at St. David's, noon and 7 pm. The noontime service will be the traditional Good Friday Service. At 7 pm we will do the Stations of the Cross. This service remembers the finals hours of Jesus, from when Jesus is condemned to Jesus being place in the tomb. While The Stations are usually associated with the Roman Catholic church, they are also done in the Lutheran church, the Episcopal church, and in the wider Anglican community.
Saturday night brings The Great Easter Vigil. This is a service that many are not familiar with. But it is well worth the time. After the service we will have a party in the Lower Hall. All ages are welcome. The Vigil is actually the first service of Easter - held on the eve of Easter Sunday. The service starts in the dark - as the world would be without the Light of Christ. The new light is lit. The new Paschal Candle is then lit - which will in turn be used to light anew the Sanctuary Lamp. Not to give everything away, the service continues in a way different than the norm. The service picks up with the more familiar Holy Communion. Often a baptism is part of the service. It was at the Vigil that the early church baptized new members and when penitents were reconciled to the Christian community. Even if you plan to attend an Easter Sunday service it is well worth the time to come to the Vigil. Why not take a respite from the "to do" lists and busyness that seems to come with this season?
The Watch at St. David's occurs after the Maundy Thursday service (around 8 pm) until the next morning at 7 pm. The Sign-up Sheet is in the Narthex. Times slots are for one hour. You can, of course, take more than one hour. We would like to have at least two people at the church at all times. For those who are not familiar with The Watch, it is an opportunity for prayer, meditation, and reflection. It is based on when Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He asked his disciples to stay awake and pray with him. And, as the Bible tells, the disciples do not stay awake. Can you not stay awake for one hour?
THE GREAT EASTER VIGIL
Saturday, Match 30, 7 pm.
The service of the Great Easter Vigil and the Celebration Party will be Saturday, March 30. The service begins at 7 pm, with the party following (Lower Hall). So we can plan for the party, please sign up on the sheet located in the Lower Hall. We need donations of finger foods. This can be sandwiches, fruit/vegetable/cheese platters, chips, pizza, desserts, etc. Whole cakes and pies are fine. Please note on the Sign-up Sheet what you would like to bring.
EASTER MEMORIAL FLOWERS
It is our tradition here at St. David's on Easter to decorate the church on Easter Morning with beautiful spring plants (lilies, tulips, hyacinth, jonquils and many more). In order to accomplish this we rely on the generosity of our parishioners to make Memorial Contributions in honor of their loved ones (whose names we print in a memorial leaflet). If you would like to make a memorial for your loved one, please use the form available in the last Lamp or in the Narthex or by clicking here. or by either drop it in the plate with your payment or mail it directly to the parish office by March 24th. After services on Easter Morning, if you have made a donation, please be sure to take a plant to place on the grave or give to a loved one!
FATHER PETER AWAY
MARCH 16 TO 23
Father Peter will be away for a family vacation leaving March 16th and returning the 23rd. Our service on March 17th will be Youth Sunday led by the Reverend Meaghan Kelly, Director of the Episcopal Conference Center. For pastoral emergencies please call the Parish Office at 942-4368 and speak to Beth Hammond or leave a detailed message and someone will return your call. Father Peter will return for services on March 24th (Palm Sunday)
A health cooking class, a talent show with dinner, improved education about stewardship, family game nights, more Arts & Crafts from Sunday school students on walls - these are just a few of the Bright Ideas offered at the annual meeting. For a complete list click here.
There is a nursery available each Sunday, starting at 9:30 am. St. Davids' has hired Karyssa Walton to supervise the nursery. She is a certified Medical Assistance, is certified in CPR, and is studying for her degree in nursing. Karyssa loves working with children. If you have any questions, please contact Stef Dodge.
WORSHIP AND STUDY DURING LENT
We continue to offer two opportunities for study and learning during Lent, both of which will focus on the Sacrament of Baptism. The first offering is on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. We use the study guide entitled "Living Water: Baptism As A Way Of Life" by Klara Tammany. Through prayer, Bible study, singing, reading and reflecting on the vows of our Baptisms we will explore what it means for us individually and as a community of faith to live up to the promises we made in our Baptism. This promises to be a challenging and invigorating time of study and formation. The second opportunity is on Sunday mornings from 9 to 9:45 and will focus on the history and practice of Baptism in the wider church and at St. David's. We will try to answer the question - does how we do Baptism at St. David's reflects the value and importance the Episcopal Church places on this great Sacrament. With both of these programs, each gathering is meant to "stand alone". So if you have not been able to attend to this point, it is fine.
INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY
Please remember to bring your donations for the Food Pantry when you come to church. The need is greater than ever. Interested in volunteering? Please contact Michael Sheldon at 353-5836 if you have any questions or would like to help.
LENTEN MEDITATION BOOKS
Lenten Meditation Books compiled by Episcopal Relief and Development based around the theme of how we can alleviate hunger and improve food supply around the world are available in the narthex.
SSTARBIRTH SIGN-UPS FOR 2013
LOOKING FOR INDIVIDUALS TO SIGN UP
At this time, we are seeking volunteers to be responsible for planning, coordinating and delivering lunch to Sstarbirth for the new year on the 4th Sunday of each month. We hope to schedule a different coordinator for each month. The coordinator may receive help from other volunteers. Each coordinator may receive $20 from the Outreach fund to shop for the food needed. There are usually 12 residents . Please watch the narthex for the sign-up sheet or contact Lois Bogda at 942-5881 or Beth Hammond in the parish office.
GRANNIES ATTIC YARD SALE
SATURDAY, JUNE 1st
9 AM TO 2 PM
The Grannies are holding a yard sale and they need your gently used SALEABLE items. If you need a place to get rid of some of your "treasures" please bring them to the church. No TV's, Computer or electronic items of any kind. No broken items please. Leave them on the stage in the Upper Hall on Sundays or during Parish Office hours Monday thru Friday 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. (No back door drop offs please) If you don't have any treasures to donate would you consider helping out on the day of the event? The Grannies welcome help on the days leading up to and the day of the event with both set-up and cleanup. Speak with Evelyn Seiffert or Evie Bain if you are interested or Beth Hammond in the parish office. This has always been a great fundraiser for the church in the past and a good time as well!! See you there!
YOUTH GROUP SCHEDULE
April 7- Youth group meeting at 5:30 pm in the lower hall
May 19 - Youth group meeting at 5:30 pm in the lower hall
June 9 - Youth Group meeting at 5:30 pm in the lower hall
July- Big Trip!!! (TBD)
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
The next knitting get-together will be on Thursday, March 21st at 11:15am at Panera in Garden City. Come - bring your knitting or crocheting - enjoy a snack or lunch - or just join us for an hour or so of fellowship. Call Marjorie Reeves-Briden (615-2334) for more information - Hoping to see you there!
Comments and/or contributions are most welcome.
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