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Feb
01
2013

February 2013

Dear Parishioners:

I hope everyone is having a blessed Epiphany. I pray that each one of us has seen the manifestation of God in our lives, but have also been manifesting the glory of God to others. Epiphany is a time when we take seriously the evangelizing message of God to others. We end the Epiphany season soon with Shrove Tuesday. Shrove is the past tense of the word shrive. What does shrive mean? It means to confess and receive absolution. Yes it is talking about confession. The church sets aside a day before Lent to allow for confessions that one may enter the Lenten Season to grow further in God’s grace and love.

Our Boy Scout Troop 82 will host our Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 12th. The Pancake Supper is a fundraiser for our Scout Troop to help some of the Scouts attend Scout Camp that would not be able to otherwise. At the Pancake Supper, our own Jon Stutler and Razzmajazz Band will provide fantastic music. Our Fat Tuesday Feast begins at 6 pm in the Parish Hall and will conclude at 7:30 pm. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join in this fun filled evening. We even have eggs and sausage for those who do not like pancakes.

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 13th. We will have the Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist celebrated at noon and at 6:30 pm. Confessions are available from 11 am until 11:30 am and 5:30 pm until 6:00 pm. I encourage everyone to make a right beginning to Lent by examination of their conscious and presence. Lent is about direction. We begin with looking internally, not as a belly button gazing exercise, but what have we done and not done to live the life Christ has called us to. As we realize that we are nothing without God, we are asked to look at what God has done for us. He gave us his Son and his Son has given himself to suffering and death for our sins and the sins of the whole world. He has given us the promise of being his children and eternal life with him in his Resurrection. Lent is a time for us to set aside ourselves and learn to live for God.

To aid in our disciplines during Lent, we will have our Lenten programs on Fridays. Thomas Rinn our Music Director has lined up an exciting program. Our Lenten Concert series are open to everyone so please invite your friends and neighbors and spread the word. In this newsletter there is a list of our Lenten programs and watch the weekly bulletin for more details. The Concerts will be on February 22nd, March 8th, and March 22nd. A reception will follow each concert allowing time to visit with each other and the musicians.

On Friday, March 1st we will begin with Stations of the Cross in the Church at 6:00 pm. We will then move to the Parish Hall for a meatless dinner. Following dinner, we will have a special speaker. Summer Twyman and her new husband, Guy Benton will share with us their wonderful missionary ministry in Cambodia. It will be not only informative but a way to share in this exciting ministry abroad.

On Friday, March 15th we again begin with Stations of the Cross followed by a fish fry dinner sponsored by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. There will be macaroni for the young ones as well as shrimp, fish and side dishes. The Brotherhood asks that you let them know you are going to be present to help us know how much food to prepare. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Glen Petta, National Director of Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA). Dr. Petta and ministry teams share our Lord and Savior to leaders, clergy and Bishops in countries abroad.

On both nights we have speakers, March 1st and 15th, we will have nursery attendants and activities for the youth. I hope all families will take advantage and join us for these fantastic speakers.

In addition during Lent, our own Deacon Nancy will be exploring Prayer and Personality Types on Sundays during Lent, beginning on February 17th at 6:30 pm in Room 10. This will be a practical class on prayer and what type of prayer best suits your personality type. Plan to join in this very interesting and helpful class on prayer.
I hope everyone will take advantage to have direction and growth in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ during Lent. There are forty days of Lent, but there is an urgency for us each and every day to look beyond the surface and live and grow in the mystery and transcendence of God. Commit yourselves for a time, a season and an hour to deliberately allow God to enter and transform your life. As Christians, Lent is an opportune time to further our growth in the knowledge and love of our Lord.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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