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PRESIDENTS’ DAY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15
On Monday, February 15, which is a Federal Holiday, there will be one Mass at 8:00 a.m., preceded by Morning Prayer at 7:45 a.m. There will be no evening services. The church offices will be closed on Monday.
We offer thanks to our Honorary Assistant Director of Music, Robert J. Motes, for playing the organ and conducting the choirs today. Robert McCormick is with the boys' and girls' choirs in Princeton, New Jersey, and John Bradford Bohl is in Florida, playing an organ recital this evening.
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS IN LENT
February 17 – March 16
Fellowship & Formation
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
The law of prayer is the law of belief
5:20 p.m. - Stations of the Cross
6:00 p.m. - Eucharist
6:30 p.m. - Lenten Supper (Suggested Donation $5)
7:15 p.m. - Presentation
What is prayer? Fr. Hual
St Benedict & Rules of Life Fr. Wall
Tractarian Believing & Praying Professor Orens
Hail Mary Fr. Pham
Praying The Passion: Luke's Account of Christ's Suffering & Death The Rev'd Dr. Kathy Grieb, Professor of Biblical Interpretation and New Testament, Virginia Theological Seminary
St Paul's parishioners are encouraged to regularly make their confession: an opportunity to free ourselves from sin and burden, as we prepare to greet God's great gift. Priests are always available to hear confessions every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., or by appointment.
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
At Baptism we join the Church Universal; in Confirmation we join the Church particular - in our case, becoming a full member of St Paul's. In Confirmation we receive the laying on of hands from a Bishop, and experience Christ in a new and powerful way - through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is a mature decision that we each make for ourselves, as we desire to know Christ more and grow into our full stature as Children of God. Those who have been Confirmed in sister churches - such as the Roman Catholic Communion - are "Received" - a similar process to Confirmation, retaining a sacramental shape.
Confirmation will be offered at St Paul's at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 26, when we welcome back Bishop Rodney Michel, now resident in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. He will also Receive and Baptize.
Please talk to Fr. Richard promptly if you wish to be Confirmed, Received, or Baptized at the Easter Vigil. Briefly, you will be expected to meet with a priest for instruction, attend the Lent Wednesday evening program, attend Sunday Evensong & Benediction at least once, and participate at least once in the Grate Patrol. If you are a member of another Episcopal Church and would like to transfer your membership to St Paul's, please talk to Fr. Richard, who will connect you to the Parish Registrar, who will handle this simple administrative move.
EDOW LENTEN SILENT RETREAT - PRAYING WITH MARY ON THE WAY OF THE CROSS
Friday, March 04, 2016, 12:00 PM - Sunday, March 06, 2016, 12:00 PM
Location: Bishop Claggett Center, 3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD US 21710
Download retreat information and registration at http://www.edow.org/event/795200-2016-03-04-edow-2016-lenten-silent-retr....
Please join the Diocesan Retreat Committee for a Lenten Silent Retreat at the Bishop Claggett Center, March 4-6. Retreat director Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt, a teacher, poet, and spiritual director in the Washington DC area, will lead participants in using art, poetry, Scripture, and literature to pray with Mary on the Way of the Cross.
Learn more and register for the retreat by emailing Lesley Krauland edowsilentretreat [at] gmail.com by February 19.
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Your gifts of non-breakable, nonperishable items will help keep local families fed this fall and winter. It's an easy way to make a difference and an ideal way to introduce children to the importance of helping those in need. The donation basket is located at the baptismal font.
PARTICIPATION AT DAILY MASSES
If you are willing to read the scripture lessons at a weekday Morning or Evening Prayer or Low Mass, please feel free to simply get up and do so when it is time. It is preferable that members of the congregation do this rather than leaving it to the clergy or acolyte, in order to involve more people as participants. If you don’t know what is required (how to find the right readings, when to read, etc.), you can ask the acolyte or priest before the services; or speak to one of them after a service to be ready for a future service. Thank you for considering getting involved in this way. And, if you have never attended services other than on Sundays, this might be a good reason to add this to your schedule sometime when you have a chance.
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE GOING THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME?
Do you have a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who has been struggling with the loss of a loved one, loneliness, cancer, a layoff, relocation, divorce, a spiritual crisis, recuperation, single parenthood, or any of countless other life challenges? Our Stephen Ministers can provide them with the focused care, encouragement, and support they need to make it through the crisis. If you know of someone who is hurting, talk with our Stephen Minister Leader, Owen Smith: osmith511 [at] cox.net 703-964-6260. He can talk with you about how we can connect the person you know with one of our Stephen Ministers. It's a great way for you to show how much you care!
Rector's Forums in Lent will begin by reading and discussing the Archbishop of Canterbury's 2016 Lent Book: I Am With You, by Kathryn Greene-McCreight. Spread over seven chapters - one for each week of the season - the book meditates on light and darkness, and drawing closer to God's presence. The book is easily available on Amazon. All are welcome to attend these Sunday forums, regardless of whether or not you have read this book.
The last two Rector's Forums in Lent will move away from our Lent Book, and address the events of Holy Week, focusing especially on the theme of suffering.
February 14 - I Am With You, Chapter Two – Fr. Jeff
February 21 - I Am With You, Chapter Three - Paul Moberly
February 28 - I Am with You, Chapter Four - Paul Moberly
March 6 - The Passion of Jesus – Fr. Richard
March 13th - Did Jesus Really Suffer? – Fr. Richard
The book is available for purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/Am-You-Archbishop-Canterburys-Lent/dp/1472915232/r...
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays between the two principal masses and has recently begun a study of St. Luke's Gospel.
HIC ET NUNC
Hic et Nunc will not meet on Monday, February 15, as it is a Federal Holiday. Next Monday, February 22, we will meet as usual at 6:30 in the dining hall. At that time we will begin our discussion of the Society of St. John the Evangelist's (SSJE) Lenten program Growing a Rule of Life. More info on this Rule of Life program at www.SSJE.org/growrule. For further information about Hic et Nunc, please contact Jo Stelzig, jastelzig [at] yahoo.com.
This week we pray for: