3 – Storytelling/Craft Sunday
10 – Drama Sunday
17 – One World Sunday (Birthday bags)
24 – All Ages Worship
8- Storytelling/Craft Sunday
15- Singing Sunday
22- Ice Cream Social/ End of Year
Enews – January 30, 2016
Enews- January 30, 2016
A picture from last week's "Singing Sunday" offering by the Sunday School. The kids sang "Peace Like a River," and it was beautiful to hear.
In this edition:
-Link to online pledging: let's work toward 100% participation!
-Worship Team schedule and links to the scripture lessons
-Thank you to our former wardens
-Thank you to our sexton Diane Cipriano
-Drama Sunday tomorrow: "Free Admission"
-Confirmation Group dates
-Hash and Pancake Supper February 9th at 5 pm- FREE this year
-Ashes to Go and Ash Wednesday Evening Service
-The Season of Lent approaches; Confession available by appointment
-Lenten Study Group: "Bedrock Stories"
-Prayer Shawl Group- Growing, and new members still welcome!
-Carillon almost fixed
-Links to our Facebook page, website, and sermons online.
For all of us who haven't yet made a financial pledge in 2016, please CLICK HERE to submit a pledge. The amount is not as important as that we all contribute to the work of God's mission through this church. Give what you are able.
If you prefer a paper pledge card, they are available in the Parish Hall or on the table at the church entrance.
Thanks to all of you who have returned your cards!
This Sunday, January 31
Worship Team 3
The Lessons are chosen to match the themes of Drama Sunday:
2 Samuel 24: 18-25
Canticle 10, Book of Common Prayer
If you want to read the lessons online, visit HERE and type/copy and paste the lessons into the search bar.
Next Sunday, February 7
Worship Team 4
Lessons for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany may be found HERE
A big thank you to our sexton, Diane Cipriano. For the second year in a row, we received a 100 grade from the Torrington Area Health Department. Senior Warden Scott Nelson and Father Mark took her to Patti's for lunch to celebrate.
Hash and Pancake Supper- Free This Year
Tuesday, February 9th at 5 pm
That's right. No charge. I am pleased and amazed at the donations of food and volunteer time so far. We could use more money to pay for the corned beef: 110 pounds is going to cost a fair bit! And of course, please sign up to help out by serving or preparing if you're able. Sign up in the Parish Hall to help out. Please EMAIL THE OFFICE directly if you can help us pay for the corned beef. What better way to begin observing a Holy Lent than by sharing this feast with everyone in Jesus Christ's name?
St. Peter's-Trinity Church
Ash Wednesday, February 10th, marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Traditionally, Lent is a "penitential" season. To me, this means it is a chance for us to reassess and make positive changes in our spiritual lives. And of course, that reassessment might include leaving behind something we have come to see as unhealthy.
Confession during Lent
During Lent, which begins February 10th and continues through March 19th, I will be available by appointment to hear confessions. If there is something that has weighed upon your conscience, please call me and arrange a time. Your confession is absolutely secret. Email me directly by clicking HERE to ask questions or set up a time.
NO ONE is required to make a "one on one" confession in the Episcopal Church, but it can be a powerful spiritual experience for some people to do so. Our teaching about confession is "All may; none must; some should." It's entirely the individual's decision.
Senior Warden Carol Kissh and Junior Warden Tom Scully recently stepped down after many years of very capable service to our church. Thank you to both of you! We were blessed by your leadership.
Ash Wednesday services
From 12 pm until 2 pm, I will distribute "Ashes to Go" using a short liturgy outside in front of the church. Come at any point during that hour to receive them. If it's REALLY cold or rainy, I'll move inside. It will only take a couple of minutes for each person. For more about "Ashes to Go," visit this link.
If you wish to help, I could use one or more lay assistants to distribute ashes and pray with people. You don't need prior experience as a worship assistant; just a desire to help make God's presence known to our friends and neighbors. Email me by clicking HERE if you can help.
Our full Ash Wednesday liturgy will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday evening.
Mark your calendars! We're meeting again soon. The dates are: February 7,14,21 28 and then March 6 and 13. Then, after a few weeks of break, we'll begin again and meet on May 1,8,15 and 22.
Lenten Study Group
Not Fred and Wilma and the gang, but rather, the most important of the biblical stories, told and discussed. Thursday evening at 6 pm. Bring food if you like. If you're really motivated as a group, we could even have some of us volunteer to prepare "Lent Friendly" meals each week. But we'll see who signs up first. We'll meet on February 11th, 18th, and 25th, then March 3rd, 10th, and 17th. While it's helpful to come each week, you can drop in as you're able, too. Email me to RSVP, or sign up in the Parish Hall.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is almost ten years old, now includes nine members, and they knit and crochet shawls for the newly baptized, for the bereaved, and for those who are ill. The shawls are made lovingly, with prayers spoken as they take shape, and then they are blessed before they are given to the recipients. If you would like to join this important ministry, you don't need to know how to knit or crochet. They will help you learn. It meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6 pm.
Carillon Will Soon Begin Playing Again
Thanks to the efforts of Scott Nelson, and the support of our vestry, the bell tower carillon, which once played beautiful music every day in our fair town, will work once more. The system failed quite some time ago, but the cost we were quoted for repairs or replacement were very high. Rather than paying $4000 or so, Scott has fixed it for about $260, well under the amount authorized by our leadership.
The links below are, from left to right, our Facebook page, church website, and sermon podcast.