Dear Friends,

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper9 February, 5:30 p.m., Seccombe Hall:  Crepes, pancakes, sausage, juice and FUN.  BRING your favorite crepe filling to share.  PREPARE a song, poem, or ?? for our TALENT OPTIONAL part of the evening.  JOIN in the pancake race.  Please sign up to come, to help, to entertain—on the back table in the church.

Prayer Shawl Ministry:  We are trying to start a prayer shawl ministry.  Our first meeting was delayed until Tuesday, 9 February, Noon to one.  If you knit, crochet or quilt come find out what this is all about.  We will meet in classroom A.  (Claudia, 373-5069) Bring a sack lunch.  We will decide when and how often to meet but for now, we will meet Tuesdays, noon to one.

 Ash Wednesday; 10 February.  Prepare for a good Lent.  Attend one of our Ash Wednesday services: Noon or 7 pm.  To truly experience a glorious Easter, one must have a good Lenten experience.  Decide on a special Lenten exercise:  give up something bad for you, take on something good for you.  Bring last year’s palms to church on Sunday to be used to make the ashes.

Wednesday Soup Suppers:  Come to the weekly suppers, beginning 17 February.  Dinner at 5:30.  Program begins at 6:30.  Our theme this year:  A New Beginning, Discovering Community, revolving around our five core values: Worship, Faith, Service, Community and Beauty.  Sunday homilies will focus on the same themes. Sign up on the clipboard on the table in the back of the church.  We have soup pretty well covered, but need some folks to bring salad and/or bread. If you need transportation or child care, notify the church office, 624-3883.

Vestry Retreat:  12-14 February.  We are trying something new this year.  Your vestry is going to spend some time together focusing on the topics mentioned above in order to plan for our future.  Fr. Joe Patronik will preside at the two morning services on the 14th, but the Rev. Sturgess will be back in time to preside at the 5:30 service.

LEM/LEV Training:  27 February, from 10 to 2.  We will be offering training as Licensed Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors.  Contact the office, 624-3883, if you are interested.  This training is necessary if you wish to serve at the altar and/or help with pastoral care by visiting people in their homes.

Glory to God who has shown us the light:

Lead us from darkness to light,

From sadness to joy,

And from death to eternal life.

Glory to God who has shown us the light.

A Celtic prayer

In Christ,

Claudia Ward, Senior Warden
All Saints’ Episcopal Church