PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS – March 2, 2014
Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) Fundraiser: Mark your calendar, March 11th at Flatbreads in Amesbury, MA from 5pm to 9pm. Students Daniel Bennett, Jilleen Collins and Mariana Sanborn are students of the YLA and all proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards their Mission Trip to El Salvador in August of 2014. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a night of door prizes, raffles and really good flatbread and other organic foods.
Lent – Only a Month Away – Mark Your Calendars!
FIRST! Shrove Tuesday, March 4th, from 6pm to 7:30pm. We begin Lent with a traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake Mardi Gras gala with all the “fixins” chaired by Kelly Bennett. Volunteer to help prepare the good stuff, and come and be “shriven” of all your fat. If only it were that easy. We’ll jangle those beads, make Mardi Gras masks, listen to Nor’lins Cajun music and share a King Cake! Please help support this project with a monetary donations submitted to the parish office by March 2nd. You can also offer your donations to Kelly at coffee hour.
SECOND! Ash Wednesday (March 5th) at the 7pm service. For the evening liturgy, we need:
*One person to read and serve the chalice.
*One person to read the second lesson.
*One acolyte to serve and offer the second chalice
If you would like to volunteer, please see Rev. Dee after service today.
THIRD! Soup Luncheons During Lent: Thank you all who have signed up for the soup luncheons!
March 16th: Deb & Bob Wiley; Liz Iacobucci, Linda Davis Siess and Joan Augusta.
March 23rd: Janice Meinelt, Pat McBride, Pam Fenner and Kim Potts.
For both Luncheons, bread is provided by David Meinelt and corn bread is provided by Bobbie Yarranton.
We now have plenty to eat!
We also need a few more people to help on these two dates. This may mean tending to the soups during the service, as well as setting out the bowls, spoons, etc., and clean-up afterwards. If you can help, please sign up on the sheet at coffee hour today.
On March 16th we will explore the Story of the Man Born Blind. On March 23rd, we will explore the Story of the Raising of Lazarus.
We are going to try to imagine in concrete and experiential ways both being blind and being bound. Your responses and reflections will be part of the sermon on the following Sunday.
Ash Wednesday, March 5th
Ashes on the Steps at 7am: Brief liturgy of prayer and blessing of the ashes.
Ashes will be offered to all who attend the liturgy and to passers-by on the street.
Imposition of Ashes at 7pm: We will celebrate the liturgy for Ash Wednesday With Imposition of Ashes.
Sunday, March 9th, is the first Sunday in Lent.
It is also the Sunday when Daylight Savings Time starts, so please do not forget to set your clock forward one hour Saturday Evening after Midnight.
Acolyte Recognition Sunday
On Sunday, March 9th, we will honor our acolytes this Sunday and vest them with their new acolyte crosses. We are richly blessed by the service of these young people and it will be our privilege to celebrate their ministries.
Welcome the Rev. Gay Cox
On Sunday, March 9th, we welcome the Rev. Gay Cox. Rev. Dee will be our officiant and celebrant and Rev. Gay Cox will be our preacher. Gay is an experienced Deacon in our Diocese, having recently served at St. Peter’s in Beverly. Living in Amesbury, Gay is an accomplished artist. Her work will be displayed at Trinity, Haverhill during Lent. Gay also supports Amirah Boston, a nonprofit organization caring for survivors of domestic exploitation. For more information about Amirah Boston, visit their website at www.amirahboston.org. For a review of Gay’s art check out: http://www.newburyportnews.com/lifestyle/x652253574/Amesbury-artist-shines-light-on-suffering-salvation
Meet the Bishop Nominees at March 14-19 Public Forums
The Standing Committee has announced the dates and locations for a series of public forums to meet the nominees for election as bishop. The dates and locations are:
*Friday, March 14, 6:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Church (79 Denton Road) in Wellesley;
*Saturday, March 15, 1 p.m., at Trinity Church (Copley Square) in Boston;
*Sunday, March 16, 4 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Church (74 South Common Street) in Lynn;
*Monday, March 17, 6:30 p.m., at Grace Church (422 County Street) in New Bedford; and
*Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., at Christ Church (33 Central Street) in Andover.
Clergy and convention delegates, as well as all interested members of the diocese, are invited and encouraged to attend one or more of these sessions. If you have any questions, please see our Parish Elected, Diocese Convention Delegates, Pam Fenner, Arthur Yarranton and Kim Potts.
Bottle & Can Drive
Thank you all for your continued donations to help out the St. James Youth Leadership Academy participants raise funds for their mission trip to El Salvador. So far, over $160 has been raised – thank you. Please continue to bring them in and be sure to leave your bottles in the box located in the Parish Hall
Our Neighbor’s Table
During the Month of March, ONT is looking for donations of Pasta, Pasta Sauce and Romano Cheese!
As always, personal items such as deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc., are always in need.